OBITUARY

Ann Wickham Stinson

August 29, 1949June 16, 2019
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Phyllis Ann Wickham Stinson was born on August 29, 1949 in Langdale, Alabama and passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family, on June 16, 2019. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at 2:00 PM CST at Brookwood Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, with visitation at 1:00 PM.

Ann was raised in a loving home in Lanett (the “Valley”) by her parents, Vernon Thomas “Joe” Wickham and Bertie Alice Sossomon Wickham, along with her wonderful sister and best friend, Bobbie Jo. In 1972, she met the love of her life, Terry W. Stinson, husband of 46 years and devoted father to their two daughters, Sandy and Amy.

Ann studied music at Wesleyan College after graduation from Lanett High School. In 1984, her determination led her to complete her bachelor’s degree at UAB in Marketing with High Honors. She went on to work as a legal assistant for many years, and also happily served at her home church, Brookwood Baptist, as an administrative assistant to Rev. Bryant Strain.

A talented pianist, thanks to years of study with Mary Bone, Ann was genuinely happy sitting down to play hymns, show tunes, Christmas carols, and classical pieces. She was always happy to share her musical talents at assisted living facilities, where she lifted the spirits of both residents and staff. Ann and her sister, Bobbie, were a delight when they played duets at family gatherings.

Ann always made friends easily, with a welcoming smile that would light up a room. She always had time to love people well, and she brightened the lives of everyone she met. Her spirited joy shone in her eyes to all around her, whether it was fellow patients at various clinics, her lifetime high school friends on annual Makin’ Memories trips to the mountains or sailing the Caribbean with Terry and dear friends. Ann loved to visit her father’s old home place in Salem, Nebraska, and she and Terry made many trips there to stay in the old home and roam the banks of the Nemaha River. She delighted in cheering on her Auburn Tigers, and she treasured family trips to the beach to “dip her toes in the sand” and spend time with her beloved grandchildren. At home, Ann had a green thumb, and raised beautiful fleur d’amour plants, giving many away as gifts to friends and family. Ann will be lovingly remembered for the sense of stability, inner strength, and joy she brought to her family and many friends. Her grandchildren will always remember her as their biggest fan.

Ann was preceded in death by her adoring parents, Joe and Bertie Wickham of Lanett and her sister, Bobbie Jo Abercrombie of Opelika. She is survived by her loving and loyal husband, Terry Stinson, as well as her cherished family, daughters and sons-in-law Sandy and Tommy McKinnon of Montgomery, AL and Amy and Bill Keaton of Savannah, GA; her grandchildren Kendall, Connor, Stinson, Ansley, and Wick; and nieces Kathy King and Nancy Herring (Bobby).

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 2200 Woodcrest Place, Suite 230, Birmingham, AL 35209 (nationalmssociety.org) or the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation at 4330 East West Highway, Suite 230, Bethesda, MD 20814 (www.aamds.org), or donate blood or platelets in memory of Ann.

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MITCHELL PHILLIPS

June 21, 2019

TERRY AND FAMILY, SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF ANN. I REMEMBER OUR 1ST MEETING AT THE PANTHER REUNION AND SEEING HER AT BOBBIES FUNERAL, SHE WAS SO NICE AND GRACIOUS. WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THE PANTHER REUNION WILL SEND A GIFT TO A WORTHY CAUSE IN ANN'S MEMORY' WITH LOVE MITCHELL AND ROSE PHILLIPS

Wayne Crowder

June 19, 2019

Dear Terry and family, My wife, Marilyn and I send you our sincere sympathy for your loss.. I remember the day you and Ann met. You and I, both IBM'ers, were working in Johnson and Johnson law firm. I was repairing Ann's typewriter and when I went to my car to retrieve a part you followed me out. You said, "Wayne I want you to introduce me to that pretty young woman whose typewriter you are repairing". We went back inside and I introduced you and the two of you took it from there. After 46 year of marriage, 2 daughters and sons in law, and I think we counted 5 grand children it was obviously a wonderful life. Marilyn and the Wickhams were next door neighbors for a number of years. Ann, Bobbie and Marilyn were all piano students of Mary Bone and they had their music in common. They spent many a summer afternoon at the piano with Bobbie playing and all of them singing. Marilyn has very fond memories of those days. In 1964 Ann and Marilyn were selected to represent the Valley Music Study Club at a 2 week music camp at the University of Alabama. They roomed together, but Marilyn left after 1 week due to the death of her father. We are sorry that we didn't see you when Bobbie passed. We only learned of her death at 5 PM on the day of her funeral. You are all in our prayers . God grant you comfort and peace in the coming days and beyond. Sincerely Wayne and Marilyn Crowder.

Jo Ellen Dickinson Weldon

June 18, 2019

Such sweet memories of Ann as my neighbor growing up. Always so very friendly and smiling. Terry, Sandy and Amy and the entire family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Cross

June 18, 2019

Still remember the day we met. Sitting at Riverview waiting with our Shih Tzu's- her Lucy and my Tori Grace to see Dr Korsch for their eye problems. We struck up an immediate conversation. It grew to a long lasting friendship and love of Terry and caring for Lucy when they traveled and She was fighting her battles. Ann will be greatly missed but her smile will always brighten my heart.

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