“Well done, thou good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of thy lord” - Matthew 25:21
Albennie Price Wortham passed over this earthly world Wednesday, December 30, 2009, surrounded by her children.
She was 84. Born April 1, 1925 in Palestine, Texas and reared by family following the untimely death of her mother. Mrs. Wortham’s journey had just begun.
Having found and received Christ into her life at an early age, she delighted in his word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” Psalm 119: 105.
Albennie attended public schools in Palestine, Texas. She moved to Galveston, Texas, in 1940 married her best friend and the love of her life Odie Wortham, and from this union ten children was born. Being of strong Christian faith she joined Live Oak Missionary Baptist Church and remained a faithful member for more than sixty years, serving under the leadership of Rev. R. L. Rudgley, Rev. George W. Barron, Rev. Byron E. Williams, and the current Dr. Vernon L. Baines.
She was a devoted member and worker of the Usher Board, Mission, Courtesy Committee, and Pastor Support Staff until her health failed. Albennie worked for the Galveston Independent School District until she retired. Her compassion for people lead her to be an instrumental member of the Galveston Senior Aide Program, the Neighborhood Club, and social organizations such as, the Enchanted Ladies and Silver Belles.
Albennie is preceded in death by her parents, Rev. James and Clemmie Price, a devoted husband and companion, Odie Wortham, Sr., a brother, Moses Hunter, a sister, Audrey LaVera Price, and a daughter, Joycelyn Wortham-Taylor.
She leaves to carry on her legacy one brother, Booker T. Price, nine children, Patricia Johns (Leslie), Vanessa Wortham, Odie Wortham, Jr. (Velma), Brenda Matthews (Columbus),
Etta Wortham, Wyzell Lewis (James), Will Wortham, Albennie “BeBe” Wortham (Koza), Clemmie White (Edward), eighteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Devoted life-long friends include Dorothy Cunningham, Eugenia Davis, Dorethea Wynn, Jeanette Dotson, and Jewell Simpson.
A Home Going Celebration for Mrs. Albennie Wortham will be at Live Oak Missionary Baptist Church, Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., Dr. Vernon L. Baines officiating. A viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Final Arrangements Entrusted to Fields-Johnson Family Mortuary, 3828 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas 77550, (409) 762.8470.