Bethlehem, GA (August 15, 2018) — Mrs. Annette McElhannon Herndon, age 54, of Bethlehem, Georgia entered her Savior’s presence on August 11, 2018. A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Annette was a graduate of Winder-Barrow High School’s class of 1981. A member of Bear Creek First Baptist Church, she was a Christian speaker, song writer and publisher. Annette was active in the Homeless Shelter Ministry and was the founder of Encouraging Today’s Women.
Annette trained in music from the age of nine, She first experienced the use of her talent as a church pianist. It wasn’t uncommon for her to accompany singing groups or soloists while the other children were playing. She later served as a Music Director for 5 years and was pianist for the Sonlight Singers Southern Gospel Quartet.
Annette became a skilled writer and her love for the Lord was portrayed through the lyrical content of her songs. Annette was owner of Annette Herndon Publishers and MyRapha Music. Many groups and soloist across the country are singing and have recorded Annette’s songs. Annette was a member of the Song Garden Music Group record label based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Annette enjoyed Southern Gospel charting success of several songs including “None but Jesus” which held its place in the Singing News for four months and her music can be heard on radio worldwide. Music recognitions include two nominations from the Emerald Coast Southern Gospel Music Association, “Revived”-Album of the year and “None but Jesus”-Song of the year.
Surviving are Husband, Harold Herndon of Bethlehem, Georgia, Sons and Daughters-in-law, Weston and Rachel Herndon of Bethlehem, Georgia, Christopher and Maegan Herndon of Statham, Georgia, Grandchildren, Lilly Herndon and Nicholas Herndon, Parents, Jerry and Joyce Mobley McElhannon of Bethlehem, Georgia, Brother and Sister-in-law, Tim and Jeanette McElhannon of Bethlehem, Georgia.
The Family will receive friends Monday, August 13, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Carter Funeral Home in Winder, Georgia. A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.,. at Bear Creek First Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Wright and Rev. Steve Ray officiating. Interment will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Flowers are welcomed, or memorials may be made to Bear Creek First Baptist Church, 1786 Georgia Highway 82, Winder, GA 30680.