In Talladega, Alabama on September 3, 1933, Jim Wiley Heath and Lessie Calhoun Heath were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Marie. She became part of 12 children born to the Heath Family.
Marie enjoyed her childhood as she received her formal education at Phyllis Wheatley High School and later went to Gadsden Business College where she received a degree in Business. She later moved to Anniston, Alabama where she sold insurance for several years. She also worked at the Prison Work Relief Camp in Childersburg, Alabama; Anniston Army Depot and Ft. McClellan Military Base.
Marie was an awesome daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She dedicated her life to her family, doing many things to ensure the family stayed together. In the active years, she united with the Seventeenth Street Baptist Church under the pastorage of the late D. C. Washington and she later served under the pastorage of the late N. Q. Reynolds where she worked on the finance committee, sang in the choir, was a member of the Missionary Society – D. C. Washington Circle, The Tribe of Manasseh and she contributed to various activities of Fisher of Men for over fifty years. She continued to be a faithful member until her illness no longer allowed her to physically be a part of the church she loved under the pastorage of Jeffery Mills. As one of her friends would always say, “Marie was an admired woman of 17th Street who always dressed for success.”
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Jim Wiley and Lessie C. Heath; three sisters, Flossie Frazier, Delilah Nunn and Area Adams; two brothers, Julius Calvin Heath and Walter Heath, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memory: four brothers, James (Mildred) Heath of Lineville, Alabama, John Paul Heath, Eddie Heath and Wiley Heath, Jr., all of Alpine, Alabama; three sisters-in-law, Nellye Heath of Alpine, Alabama, Johnnie Mae Heath of Talladega, Alabama and Annie Wesley Heath of Childersburg, Alabama; one brother-in-law, Walter Frazier of New York; and a host of nieces and nephews.
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