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Annie Lee Eberhart

Annie Lee Eberhart, lovingly known as “Mama House,” was born May 11, 1912, but according to Mississippi Vital Records she was born in 1908, in Grenada, Miss., as the fifth child of 10 under the union of Archie Lucky Watts and Corrine Watts, who preceded her in death.

She accepted Christ at an early age and moved to Detroit in the 1930s.

Ann met and married John Eberhart, who preceded her in death, and joined Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1939, where she was a faithful member until her health became a factor. Her leisure activities included playing cards, watching her beloved game shows, especially “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy” and “The Price is Right” and loving all those she came in contact with. She enjoyed traveling with her favorite brother, Edward, and his wife, Athal Watts, and her family.

She was employed by John and Melanie Scherer in 1982, working for them for over 25 years. Ann soon became family to the Scherer’s through her employment, and from this a life-long friendship was established until her death.

She was a living historian and could verbally share over 80 years of witnessed history. Some of the things she talked about were the creation of the first Model-T, Paradise Valley and Black Bottom, Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, the Riots of 1967 and she was proud to vote for and witness the election of the first African American President, Barack Obama.

Ann was called home on Aug. 12, 2011, living 38 years after her late husband.

Ann leaves to cherish her memory three children, Quitman (Buddy) Slack (Maxine), Janice Duncan and Carol-Malone Posey (John); sister Connie Mae Mardis; brother Edward Watts and his children Tony (Sheila), Alicia and Nanette; five grandchildren Theresa Slack, Quitman (Pookie) Slack (Toni), Jonathan Slack (Lisa), Shayna Kendall and Oscar Watson, Jr.; two step-grandchildren Darnell and Shanita Jones; four great grandchildren Quitman (Curly) Slack, Jerrell Herring, Trinity Slack, Jonathan (Lil John) Slack; one step great-child, Jameir Walker, whom she was very fond of; two great-great grandchildren Lily Slack and Sir Slack, and a host of loving great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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