BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
“Amazing Grace’’ was her favorite song. She was a good cook and she liked flowers.
Those are the sweet memories Leonard Christian has of Annie Doris Porter Christian, his mother who lived to be 84 years old. The longtime local resident died on April 8.
Mrs. Christian was a very active member of Greater Friendship Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and on other boards and auxiliaries.
She also was a deliverer of the Daytona Times and wrote opinion pieces.
Born on July 11,1929, she was a 1949 graduate of Carver High School in Dawson, Ga.
She attended Albany State College prior to transferring to Bethune-Cookman College where she was conferred a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education on May 28, 1956.
Taught over 30 years
She received a teacher’s certificate in 1957. Known as a very caring and loving teacher to all of her students, Mrs. Christian was employed with the Volusia County School System where she taught first and second grade students for over 30 years until her retirement.
She was assigned to her first teaching job at Bonner Elementary School, transferred to Campbell Elementary School then to Highlands Elementary as a result of the integration of public schools.
Mrs. Christian received a Masters of Education at Florida A&M in 1972.
She married Leonard Victor Christian on July 16, 1951. To this union, five children were born.
Mrs. Christian was a life member of the NAACP, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Volusia Educators Association, Florida Retired Educators Association, and the National Council of Negro Women.
After her retirement, she delivered the Daytona Times and also penned opinion columns.
“She wrote for the newspaper a very long time ago,” her son related. He also told the Times this week that his mom was an avid gardener who loved yellow and red flowers.
She was awarded many beautification Awards from the City of Daytona Beach.
Her family also shared “she loved to sing, spend time with her family, attend Sunday School and church. She loved life and did everything that she could to keep her family happy and together. She instilled education in all of us by encouraging us to learn something new each and every day.”
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. April 19 at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.