Mrs. Marianne Blackwood “Annie” Harpole, 95, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Oak Cottage of Winston Nursing Center. Graveside service and interment will be held
at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19th, at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Newlie Long officiating. Porter Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Annie was born on May 31, 1928, in Louisville, MS, to Thomas Lee Blackwood and Beatrice Isabella Doss Blackwood. She resided in Louisville most of her life and was a member of First Baptist Church. After graduating from Louisville High School in 1946, she worked as a dental assistant and before retirement was an assistant loan officer at the Bank of Louisville.
Annie had friends of all ages and enjoyed spending time with them. She played tennis in her younger years and bridge well into her 90’s. Her love of animals was evident by the long list of pets she raised and cared for throughout her lifetime. She loved to drive (too fast) and was known for taking her pups on rides around town. The stories about the “Live Wires” at Legion State Park and activities at the Dance Pavilion at Choctaw Lake were numerous. Annie looked forward to eating out with special friends, keeping up with the “Wrinkled Roosters” and working jigsaw puzzles and word searches. Watching pro-football was entertaining to her, and she could name most of the quarterbacks. Annie had a sense of humor and could always find a new joke or two to tell. Her memory was remarkable as she could basically recite the entire Louisville phone book and knew the family trees of most of her acquaintances. Annie lived life to the fullest but was ready to be with her Lord and Savior.
Annie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jeff Harpole; her sons, Douglas Smith Harpole and John T. Harpole (Katherine); a grandson, Douglas Gardiner Harpole; a sister, Wilabel Kowalker (Bob) and brother, J.D. Blackwood.
She is survived by her daughter, Julia Oswalt (Gary) of Ackerman, MS; her grandchildren, Katy Smith (Damon) of Pensacola, FL, Kristin Jewell of Ackerman, Merry Poindexter of Kernersville, NC, and Laura Doggett (Jason) of Eupora; and her great grandchildren, Connor and Will Jewell of Ackerman; Harper and Anna Katherine Doggett of Eupora; Amelia Poindexter of Kernersville, NC; Conner, Julianna and Carter Harpole of Maumelle, AR.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Gentiva Hospice, Dr. Michael Ard, and staff at the Oak Cottage. Annie always appreciated the visits, calls, cards and Milky Ways from so many who took the time to visit. To all who have checked on her in the last several months, we thank you.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Baptist Church or First Methodist Church in Louisville.