ANN ELIZABETH ROBERTSON MAY – June 27, 1933 – March 18, 2022
Ann Robertson May 88, of Durham was welcomed to Heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and reunited with the love of her life, David Lee May Sr. on March 18, 2022. Ann was born in Vance County NC to her late father Obie Lee Robertson and mother Madie Ellington Robertson. Her mother Madie died when Ann was very young. She was also preceded in death by her stepmother Viola Robertson, her dear Aunt Gale Robertson, brothers Eugene and Millard Robertson, sisters Gracie Robertson and Louise Watterson. She is survived by her brother Robert Robertson (Sandy), Bobby Robertson (Yvonne) and sister Ercell Daves.
Ann is survived by her four sons, David Lee Jr. (Rose) of Walkertown, NC, Russell Eugene Sr. (Sheila) of Wilton, NC, Kenneth Wayne (Rhonda) of Stem, NC, and John Marvin (Karen) of Timberlake NC, eight grandchildren; David May III, Tasha Ann May, Michelle Duarte, Russell May, Jr., Jacob May, Jeffrey May, Savannah May and Johnnie May; also 21 twenty-one great grandchildren.
Ann lived a full and blessed life. She traveled the world and the United States, serving beside her husband during his military career. Ann’s outward beauty was matched by the love she came to know for those who served as missionaries. It was a missionary family in the Philippines who opened her heart to a life of Christian service. Her family was forever changed. From this point forward, Ann led a life of unashamed faith and devotion to her Lord and Savior. She was a Champion for Christ.
Ann was very devoted and proud of each of her sons. When Ann spoke to them directly, she would often hold their faces close to hers and simply state “My son”. It was soon after her youngest son, John started school, she began teaching at Bethesda Elementary School in Durham. For 25 years she taught and lovingly cared for dozens of kindergarteners and 1st grade students. She loved each one of them as if they were her own. Ann always smiled with joy when she ran across one of her former students. Most often she remembered their names and would recall a memory they could share. Ann loved being a teacher and maintained lifelong friendships with many of those who taught with her.
Ann was also deeply devoted and loved dearly each of her daughters-in-law. She called them her daughters. Ann beamed with joy knowing each of them decided to keep her sons. As her health declined, they along with her granddaughters were at her side caring for her every need. She was truly grateful for the love and care they provided to her.
Ann, known as “Nanny,” to her grands and great grandchildren was always involved in each of their lives. From their birth till her passing she knew all the details of their lives and was a continuous source of encouragement and love to each one. Most importantly, she loved each one individually and accepted each one for who they were, her love for her grands and greats was unconditional.
Ann’s second family were those who attended Bible Baptist Church of Durham, now located in Creedmoor, NC. She attended Bible Baptist Church from 1968 till her passing. She faithfully attended and served in her church until her health would no longer allow her to do so. Ann was particularly fond of those members who served at Bible Baptist in the early days. It was during this time; her faith was more deeply enriched. While serving at Bible Baptist Church, she sang in the choir, worked in the missions and widow’s ministry. She also served in the Teen ministry and as a Sunday School teacher for many years, influencing the lives of dozens of boys and girls. It was also not unusual for her to hold her own vacation Bible School for her grandchildren and other children who lived in her neighborhood. Ann so desired each one of them to come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. She left a legacy of devotion and faith in action for others to follow.
Mom was a devoted wife, loving mother, nurturing grandmother, and great grandmother. She never missed a birthday or special occasion. You were certain to always hear the “Birthday Boy” sing to you on your special day. This will be sorely missed.
Mom will always be remembered, and we will always know of her absence, because she was the family’s prayer warrior. Never ceasing to pray for her family, and others in need. Mom was also a constant teacher of the bible and faithfully encouraged others to follow Jesus.
Although the family will miss her dearly, we are now rejoicing knowing she ran the race with all her might, she fought the good fight, and now she is no longer in pain, but eternally with the Lord.
Ann’s visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on March 21, 2022 at Bible Baptist Church Gate 2 Road Creedmoor, NC. followed by her funeral service at 2 p.m. at the church. The service will be officiated by her “Preacher boy” Pastor Greg Allison. Pallbearers will be her four sons, and grandsons; David May III, Russell May Jr., Jacob May and Jeffrey May, honorary pallbearers will be her great grandsons, and her “family”. Her graveside service will be at Markham Memorial Gardens, Durham NC. She will be laid to rest beside her husband David.
Should you wish to donate to Ann’s most precious cause rather than provide flowers. Please donate to the Bible Baptist Church Mission Fund. All proceeds will go to the furtherance of the Gospel.