Annie Bell Evans was born July 5, 1934, to Allen
and Nancy Pearl Evans. She lived and attended school in
Orlando, Florida. In October 1951, she married the love of
her life, Mr. Howard Tate Gentry. To this union were born 7
children, : Howard Tate, Jr., Edward Theopholis, Jonathan
Lee, Alice Pearl, Johnny Otis, Michael Jerome, and Perry
Cleothas Gentry, whom she raised with love and compassion.
She worked at Orange Memorial Hospital as an x-ray aide and
moved on to work as a teacher’s aide with Orange County
In May of 1988, she united with Abdul Suluki, whom she
loved and cherished unconditionally. Throughout her life, she
served in different capacities as a member of: The Ever Ready
Club, The Modern Majestic Club, The Elks Lodge, and the
AMVETS Auxiliary Post 30. Her passion for service led her
to volunteer to feed the homeless at The Christian Services
Center of Orlando.
She was also a devoted Orlando Magic fan.
In her early years, she gave her life to God at Mount Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend
Rosco Wade. In her later years, she switched her church love
to Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership
of Reverend Jessy Ivory, and later Reverend Charles Williams,
where she continued to serve the God she so dearly loved.
On April 23, 2022, after a prolonged battle with cancer,
she retired from service to join the family and friends that
preceded her in death to claim her reward for her long life of
love and service, to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ. She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband,
children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews,
nieces, and a world of adoring friends.