WADESBORO - It is with great sorrow for me to announce that our dearest mother has joined her late husband, Forest, who passed away a month ago to the day. We knew mother would not be here long after daddy’s passing and she proved us right. She could not find the strength to carry on without him. It’s somewhat fitting when you consider she met daddy when she was a girl of 13, and was the only man she ever knew; the love of her life. We did not tell her daddy had passed until last week, when she was the most alert and strongest we had seen in weeks. She was at peace with the news, while proclaiming she would be following him shortly. She knew.
Annie Louise Cole Caple, the daughter of Henry Cole and Annie Bell Bennett Cole, passed away on January 30th, 2022, at Wadesboro Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on June 30, 1943. After dropping out of high school to have my oldest sister, she went to Anson Technical College to receive her GED later in life. We were so proud of her for doing that.
She was a life long member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, where her family was one of the founding families over 100 years ago. Mother was proud of that fact and I would be remiss if I did not mention it here.
Annie Louise was a homemaker and worked in textiles all her life. Between shifts at the mill, and raising her family, she was at my father’s side to assist him in his many ‘latest and greatest endeavors’. I cannot even begin to tell you the number of times daddy would come home with his head hanging low because he had gotten a loaded pulpwood truck stuck in the mud out in the middle of nowhere. Mother would gather us all up, make us take off our school clothes, drag us all out into the woods, and before you knew it, the truck would be free. Not sure if we were much help, but knowing your family was at your side, made things easier for daddy.
Mother loved flowers. I repeat, mother loved flowers. Big ones, tall ones, blues ones, red ones, and even one she named Robert, after me. She never met a flower she did not love but all flowers did not love her the same. You see, mother could not tolerate seeing a shrub grow tall and was constantly hacking them down with the vengeance of a mad woman, (something about attracting snakes she thought). Her peculiar inclination was a big problem for camellias. You see, camellias set their buds a year in advance, so mother never had flowering camellias because she constantly cut down the bush. Oh, and she complained about the bush not flowering also. With that said, one positive aspect of mother’s declining health and subsequent passing is that the winter camellias surrounding the house are now in full bloom.
Mother loved old gospel music. She loved it so much, she played it all the time -drove us crazy. When mama died, I gleefully put all those old 8 track, and cassette tapes in the trash bin. Where ever Annie Caple is right now, I’m sure she’s one hot sister knowing the fate of her tapes.
In addition to both parents and her husband, Annie is preceded in death by son, Forest Caple Jr., and her sister, Daisy Ruth Cole. She is survived by her eldest daughter, Gloria Caple Ingram of Troy NC; Robert Caple of Greensboro NC, and youngest daughter, Ann Caple Whitley of Belgium. There are 8 surviving grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service with be held for Forest and Annie Caple at 1:00pm Saturday Feb. 5th, 2022, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Wadesboro. Those attending are asked to observe Covid safety protocols by wearing a mask and by practicing social distancing.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated staff at Wadesboro Health and Rehabilitation Center for all they did for our parents.
The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at www.leavittfh.com