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Annie L. Royster

Sunday, January 10,2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Annie L. Royster was born in Halifax County, North Carolina on February 04, 1929 to Jack Brown and Annie Laura Shaw Brown.  She was the 6th of 9 children in the following order:  Melvin, Herman, Lois, Jackson, Clemetine, Annie, Clifton, Harold, and Helen.  The early years were spent growing up in Littleton, N. Carolina, receiving her education at McIver high school and graduating from Winston-Salem State University of N. Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in elementary education.

               She married her high school sweetheart, William E. Royster, Sr at her father’s home in Halifax County, N. Carolina on August 11, 1956.  They enjoyed 41 years of marriage bliss and 3 children:  Gwendolyn Ann, William Edward, Jr., and Samuel John.

               She was an elementary school teacher in the public school system in Woodbridge, New Jersey educating students in 2nd grade for most of her career and then toward retirement she taught remedial reading and math from grades 1 - 6. 

               Annie was faithful to God in the Christian warfare.  She was reared in a Christian home where her parents taught the religious principles and moral, ethical values that shaped her early life.  Once baptized she did not waver.  She served in multiple positions within the church, which included, but not limited to, Sabbath School teacher and superintendent, Youth group director and Deaconess.  She helped establish a church for the glory of God in New Brunswick, NJ.

               Annie passed away to her rest in the early morning hours of January 03, 2021 at her home in Hagerstown, Maryland.  It was due to gradual declining health that she finally succumbed.

               Annie Laura Royster has passed on a legacy to her children at home and in the classroom of the value of a good education, integrity and being a man (woman) of principle, perseverance, and Christian commitment.  She was a wonderful role model as a provider for her children, her parents, and her husband.  To know her was to love her.  She was humble, kind-hearted, loving, exhibited a warm, sweet personality, and would always deny herself to help others. 

               Now that the baton of faith has passed on to us, her family, who are still in the race, we need to carry it high across the finish line of heaven.  And, with God’s help, we might all exclaim like Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day…” II Timothy 4:7,8.

               She leaves to cherish her memory:  Her children, one daughter and son-in-law, Gwendolyn Ann and Gregory Edward Rush of Hagerstown, MD;  two sons and daughters-in-law, William Edward Jr and Lisa Marie Royster of Hagerstown, MD and Samuel John and Daniella E. Royster of San Jose, CA;  one sister and brother-in-law, Clemetine and Hugene Fields of Gatesville, NC;  6 grandchildren, Michael and Brian Jemison, and William III, Christopher, Alyssa Royster, and Ariana Royster;  one great grand-daughter, Haven Jemison; and a vast host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

               Services will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD with Pastor Michael Edwards and Pastor, Dr. Kenneth Anderson officiating

               Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

               Interment will be at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick, NJ.

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Guest Book

To the entire family of Gwen Jemison, please accept my sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May you find peace in knowing that she is now at rest and relieved from all pain and suffering. Just as you are grateful of her love so to is she of yours, forever.

kostalik michael
Chicago, Illinois

We are so very sorry for your loss. We are praying for the family.

Ernestine Granison and Karen Nunez
Hillsborough, North Carolina

Please accept our condolences as you mourn the loss of your mother and our aunt. May God's care be upon your family as you cherish her memories. Harold Jr & Family

Harold Brown Jr
Washington, DC

Mrs. Annie was a very kind, beautiful Christian women. She share the love of Jesus to those she meet. It was good to have know her. Rest In Peace Mrs. Annie until Jesus comes.

ViAnn Johnson
Hagerstown , Maryland

To Elder Royster and Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Thanking God for her exemplary Christian life as revealed in her obituary. Beautiful ceremony today! May God's Spirit be with and comfort you all as you go through this time mourning. Your sister in Christ, Charmaine and Family

Charmaine Burnett-Wulff
Frederick, Maryland

Sis. Royster was always a kind sweet lady to me. She lived a good long life. We have the blessed hope of seeing her when Jesus comes again. Let us all plan on being there.

Louise Davis
Decatur, GA

Dear Gwen and family We lift you and your dear family up in prayer during this time of great loss. May God bless and comfort you all. With love and deepest empathy Penny and Bob Smith Mavis Moore

Edward Crumbly
Austell, Gs

To William and the Royster family you have our sincerest condolences and prayers. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Glenda Ewards and Family
Southampton , Bermuda

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious mother! She was such a wonderful, godly woman! She will be greatly missed! Your family are in my prayers. Although your hearts are hurting & broken. Cling to the the unfailing, sure promises of God! We have a Blessed Hope! It won’t be long!

Wilma Peters
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

To the Royster Family, Our deepest condolences. We think of you always and especially at this time. You remain in our prayers. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4. Love Always, From your extended family, Cassandra and family

Cassandra J Jones
New York, New York

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Look to the Lord for comfort and peace. Love, BJ and Louis

Louis & Barbra Dingle
Bronx, NY

We are sorry for your loss may God continue to comfort you and give you peace.

Art & Jackie Lyons
Hagerstown, MD

Your work you have done for many year is done. You have fought a good fight now God will reward you for all you have done for so many people. You now have Faith, Peace, Hope and Love with God. So you are now with God, Rest in Peace

Portsmouth, VIRGINIA

To my dear cousins, Gwynn, William and Samuel, I am deeply sorry for your loss of Aunt Annie Laura. We all have been so blessed to have known and loved her. Please know that you all will be in my prayers. Sincerely, Jackson Brown, Jr. and Family

Jackson F. Brown, Jr.
Littleton , NC

Truly saddened to learn of your loss... My memories of Aunt Ann as a gracious woman with a good heart, soft but strong, and always with a smile. Her undying faith in educating others was her strength in the Lord. I’m grateful for the time shared together. Gwendolyn, William, and Samuel “ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. . . Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Philippians 4: 6. 7 Rest well Aunt Ann

Vonda K Johnson
East Orange, NJ

Dr. Royster and Family, Thank you for sharing Annie Royster with us. Her influence and kindness will never be forgotten. May God continue to wrap his loving arms around you all during this time. Wayne & Nicole Martin

Wayne & Nicole Martin
Conyers, Georgia (GA)

My deepest condolences to the Royster family. Mother Royster was such a sweet and soft spoken woman of God. I didn't see her often, but whenever I did have the pleasure of seeing her, she always had that beautiful smile on her face. That smile was so precious and always warmed my heart. May God comfort, strengthen and keep you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace & Blessings!

June Marie Jones

To Gwen, William & Samuel, We extend our deepest condolences as we are reminded in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 "Brothers, I want you to know the truth of what I told you when I was with you. Your loved ones who have died are sleeping in Christ. Don't grieve over them as people grieve over their dead, as if there were no hope." :17 -"When Jesus Christ descends from heaven, He, as the archangel, will give a shout of command - the trumpet, call of God to the dead - and the dead in Christ will rise first." Let us not forget these promises. Because we are believers in God, your mother will be among the dead in Christ to rise first and whether we are among the dead or remain alive we will be changed and together we will be caught up in the sky to meet the Lord in the air, and from then on, we will all be with the Lord. Now, that is something worth looking forward to. We continue to pray for you while you mourn the loss of your mom. We Love You Guys! Keep Hope Alive! Rudolph & Andrea Wiley

Andrea Wiley
Hagerstown, MD

To the Royster family my condolences goes out to you for your lossof such a wonderful woman. I will miss my beautiful aunt also but know that she is at peace with the lord. May God continue to bless the family.

Alonzo Keith Brown
Clinton, MD

Dr. William Royster & Family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved mother. She was a great example of servant-leadership and everything that is good. Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

John & Grace Zuzo
Somerset, New Jersey

To Aunt Clementine Fields In memory of her sister Annie. We are praying for the family strength, peace and comfort during this time of bereavement. Memories are a cherished treasure. God Bless you.

Jennifer V Fields
Hobgood, NC

My sincerest condolences and prayers to all the members of the Royster family. Aunt Annie will be greatly missed at all the Brown family gatherings that she so faithfully attended even during her declining health. Her sweet, calm and quiet demeanor has always brought comfort and joy wherever we would see one another. May you rest in Heavenly Peace Aunt Annie, you have fought a good fight, now take your reward you good and faithful servant. With Love, Felici Ledwell Brown and family

Felici C L Brown
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

May memories you hold in your heart bring healing and peace to your soul. God’s continued blessings. With deepest sympathy, Cousin Mertis

Mertis B Horton
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

Truly a women of God, and a wonderful example. God bless you family and our prayers are with you.

Andrew Brown
Berrien Springs, Michigan

Truly a women of God, and a wonderful example. God bless you family and our prayers are with you.

Andrew Brown
Berrien Springs, Michigan

It saddens us to have heard about the passing of my beloved cousin, your loved one, Annie. She will be deeply missed “ Blessed are who mourn, fir they will be comforted” ;Mathew 5:4

Lorene Faulcon Carter & Family
Littleton , North Carolina

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God grants you comfort and peace as only He can as you lay Annie to rest.

Marjorie Chambers
Hagerstown, Maryland

Our prayers are with the Royster family. We knew how dear she was to Gwen and we send our heartfelt sympathy to Gwen and to all those who held Gwen’s mother so dear.

Tom and Susan Sullivan
Oak Brook, IL

Please accept sincere condolence from Clara and Thalia.

Clara Hibbert
Metuchen, New Jersey

Our condolences to the Rush and Royster family, and the rest of the family, in the passing of your dear mother, sister., and aunt. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the God of all comfort wrap you in His loving arms as you go through this difficult time. Praise God for the hope of the resurrection, when we will be reunited with our loved ones, never to part again. Our soon coming Saviour is the resurrection and the life giver, and His promises are sure, so let us be faithful to the end when “ Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1Co 15:54)

Robert & Chrissy Ramcharan
Hancock, MD

May you find comfort as you mourn Sis. Royster’s death. Orville & Sandra

Orville and Sandra Browne
Hagerstown , MD

Dr. Rousted and family. We are so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. We pray that our God will continue to offer comfort to each of you at this painful time. God Bless.

Mike and Debbie Fitzgerald
Hagerstown, Maryland

Memories of my Aunt Ann ... an educator with a warm heart, quiet demeanor but when she spoke you could not help but listen. When she looked at me I felt she could see my soul. When she smiled she would light up the room! I was always well behaved as a child when around my Uncle William and Aunt Ann. Well behaved because I did not want to feel their wrath if I misbehaved. I grieve with the rest of my cousins for the loss of a true family matriarch. However, I rejoice in knowing the profound positive impact she has had on her children in their home and her children in the classroom. I rejoice in knowing that she is home and suffers know more.

David Royster
New Bern, NC

We met Sister Royster in her senior years. She was a quiet woman who always wore a serene expression and was quietly composed, the kind of Christian surrounded with an aura of hope and trust in Jesus, a woman of faith so much needed in these unsettling last days. Our hope and prayer is to see her in full vigor and to fellowship with her in the earth made new. Faith & Edward Crumbly, Jr.

Faith & Edward Crumbly Jr.
Austell, GA

A beautiful Christian lady. Her works will follow her. Waiting her Lord's return. What hope we have. Praise the Lord for a life well lived. Our sympathy to her entire family. LOVE and Prayers Carole and Jim Bliss

Carole Bliss
Darien , Illinois

We are saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Annie L. Royster. Her faith in God was a true legacy for her children and grandchildren. I am grateful for the support and encouragment that she extended. When I lost my brother, Reginald in 1996, she and her late husband, William, Sr. were very supportive and first to arrive or homegoing services as they were in 1993 when I eulogized my uncle, Cleveland Brown. I always received a phone call each time she received our family newsletter and she commended me for my efforts to keep the family informed and connected. So grateful we were able to recognize her at our family reunion in 2019. My sincere sympathies are extended to her children and grandchildren and sister, Clementine B. Fields. May she rest in peace!

Newark, NJ

Dear Dr. Royster and Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet momma. Just reading her obituary is a testament to what a wonderful lady she was throughout her life. You will have many precious memories of your momma and will miss her so much. May God richly bless you and your family in the coming difficult days, weeks, and months with those sweet memories. We love you Dr. Royster and are praying for your family. Roger and Laura Hott and Family

Roger and Laura Hott
Clear Spring, Maryland

Please accept our condolences as you mourn the loss of your mother. May God's care be upon each of you as you cherish her memories. She was one sharp lady and took the time to call us by our names and always so humble. She is gone but not forgotten and never to be subjected to pain and sorrow of this world. We will work hard to see her in the newness of God's Promises.

Andrea Wiley
Hagerstown , Maryland

I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Roysrer and all the family. Take peace in knowing that Jesus will come soon and we will be reunited. May God bless you.

Carroll Beachley
Hagerstown, Maryland

I will truly miss my dear, sweet aunt Annie Laura !!

Laurann Brown Pierce
Madison, NC

I didn't know Annie nor the family other than her son, my doctor. Her obituary is such a beautiful tribute for a wonderful person and a mom who is so obviously loved, admired and respected by her family. Please accept my condolences.

Kathy Chambers
Smithsburg, Maryland

Dr. Royster, My sincere condolences.

Marsha Miller
Martinsburg, WV

I’m thankful, and feel privileged and blessed to have met and befriended such a dear member of God’s family. I appreciate knowing her as a dear mother in Israel.

Carolyn Chambers Martin
Hagerstown, MD

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