Annie Best Daniel, 106

WILMINGTON — Annie Best Daniel passed away on August 20, 2021, in Wilmington, North Carolina.  She was the second of twin daughters born to James Arthur Daniel and Martha Eliza Winstead Daniel at the family’s home in Jackson Township, Nash County, North Carolina, on June 12, 1915. 

After graduation from Nashville High School, Annie attended Appalachian State Teachers College (now Appalachian State University) where she completed a two year course to earn a B Teaching Certificate, which qualified her to begin teaching school at age 19. Through correspondence courses, workshops, and summer school classes, she earned an A Teaching Certificate in 1936 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1951.

Annie taught for over 40 years in North Carolina’s public elementary schools. She began her career at Bailey, as a classroom teacher and girls basketball coach. She also taught at Hookerton and Pink Hill before moving to Wilmington in 1943, where she taught fourth grade and taught reading to children with special needs at Sunset Park, Chestnut Street, and Alderman schools.

Annie was a talented gardener.  The home she shared with her twin sister was featured on Wilmington’s Azalea Garden Tour in 1984.  Annie was a member of the Cape Fear Country Club where she played bridge and golf into her mid-90’s. On New Year’s Day, 1974, she made a hole-in-one on the 10th green. Throughout her life Annie enjoyed swimming and picking up shells at Wrightsville Beach. 

Being a life-long Methodist, as a child, Annie attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Wilson County, North Carolina, and returned frequently for services and reunions with generations of family and friends.  In Wilmington, she was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.  

Annie is survived by her sister Ruth Roberts of Austin, Texas, as well as three generations of nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her twin sister, Appie Daniel; father and mother; brother, James Albert Daniel; and sisters, Louise Luper, Marie Daniel, and Mary Elizabeth Daniel.   

The family wishes to express special appreciation for the care given to Annie by Ms. Carolyn Sanders and the remarkable team of women who cared for Annie and her sister for many years.

There will not be a service at this time.  Please share online condolences with the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com or mail notes of condolence to 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.  Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street, Wilmington, NC, 28401; Lower Cape Fear Lifecare at lifecare.org/donate; or the organization of your choice.

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