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St. James Missionary Baptist
Saturday December 16th, 2017

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Anna Nicole Gadison

On December 13, 2017, Anna Nicole Gadison (fondly referred to as “Anna Banana”), another one of God’s angels, was called home to be with the Lord!  She resided with her family in Springdale, Arkansas with her mother, Helena L. Wilson-Gadison, and brother, Jonathan A. Gadison.  She was born January 13, 1998 in Columbus, Ohio to Tony and Helena Gadison.  Anna grew up in the Springdale School system and attended high school, ran track and played basketball at Joe T. Robinson High Senators (Pulaski County) and completed her senior year and graduated from Springdale High School Bulldogs (Washington County) where she received numerous recognitions and awards for her outstanding athletic skill & ability. Some highlights were serving as school ambassador and being selected in 2016 by 10th grade Spanish teacher to travel abroad to Spain and other European Countries with Education First.  Anna attended North Arkansas College (Harrison, AR) her freshman year on a full women’s basketball scholarship, inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for her academic achievements and was on the Dean’s List.  Her sophomore year, she transferred to the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR) to pursue a major in Finance and minor in Business.  Anna has an outstanding track record in leading sales while working for Bath & Body Works (NWA Mall) and Dillard’s Lancome Beauty, as a beauty consultant. Growing up, Anna and her family were long term members of Wesley United Methodist Church, Springdale, where Anna was most known for leading the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer.  In December 2016, she and family became members of the Historical St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Fayetteville.  Anna was a member of the Northwest Arkansas N.A.A.C.P and the University of Arkansas’ Black Student Association and loved helping others and making people feel better about themselves.  Besides passions for basketball and track, Anna’s interest spanned fashion, beauty and a love of traveling.  Anna spent most of her summers playing AAU basketball and her beloved teams were:  AR Lady Rebels, AR Mavericks, NWA Camp Unity and her family fondly remembers her first exposure to basketball in 5th grade with the Sonics who developed her love for the game!

Anna’s goals were to complete her undergraduate and Master degrees from the University of Arkansas and go on to lead a successful corporate career with a Fortune 500 corporation.  She will be forever missed for her infectious smile, beauty, intelligence, athletic prowess and “can-do” attitude.  She truly believed with God, all was possible.

Survivors include her mother, Helena, father, Tony and his wife, Kelly, sisters, Selena M. Gadison (25) and Karoline Putnam (12) brothers, Jonathan A. Gadison (13), Kobe Putnam (19) & Kory Putnam (13), nephew, Kenneth Carter Williams (3) uncle, Bernie L. Brown (wife, Angela) and close family friend, Dr. John L Colbert.   She leaves behind beautiful memories with an army of family and close friends across the USA.

Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville with Pastor Curtis Smith to officiate the service under the direction of Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral of Springdale, Arkansas.  

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A candle was lit in memory of Anna Gadison

Emily Zou Jan 19 2020 12:00 AM

Our sincerest condolences to you and family. We wanted to share a scripture that bought us comfort when our brother and father both died. It's found at Revelation chapter 21: 3,4 it reads,"With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Please know that others care and we pray that God may grant you strength in the days ahead.


Jay River Dec 26 2017 12:00 AM

Sincere condolences for the tragic loss of your young daughter.
Life seems so unfair to lose someone so young. Revelation 21:4; tells us: And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. For more comforting scriptures please visit: jw.org. The Bible and Bible based information found there has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me to find out why? I know it will do the same for you. Again, I offer my sincere condolences to you and family members.

d mullins rn Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

To the Gadison family:
I met Anna for the first time on Saturday at the Dillard's Lancme counter where she was working. She looked beautiful. She was smiling. I sought her advice. She asked me to come back the following Wednesday so she could help with different colors and products. The appointment was for Wednesday, 5 p.m..
Upon seeing someone else standing behind the counter upon arriving on Wednesday, I asked: Where is the beautiful young woman I am supposed to meet here. At first there was silence. Then I received the following reply: she is not here. When I asked 'why' the answer was: "she is not coming back." I thought Anna had quit or been fired. So I insisted: "Why is she not here. We have an appointment scheduled". That is when I was told by the salesperson, with tears in her eyes, Anna had died that same morning in a car accident.
There is no need to describe how I felt at that moment.
Dear Mrs. Gadison, I cannot imagine what you must be going through! Please know that I feel fortunate to have met your daughter. As one of my friends put it: "Anna would rather see God than help people on earth be beautiful" But, yes, your daughter was beautiful . . . and kind. She helped me with a smile on her face. I feel fortunate to have met her!
I will pray for you to have strength and the peace that comes from knowing you have a protector in heaven!
Peace and Love,

Yanick St. Jean Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anna Gadison

Gaylon Wade Dec 18 2017 12:00 AM

To Tony and the rest of the family the Hope High School class of 1985 would like to send our deepest sympathy. If theres anything that we can do were here for you.

Simon Harris, Ph.D
Fellow Hope High School 1985 classmate

Simon Harris Dec 17 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anna Gadison

Simon Harris Dec 17 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anna Gadison

Rhonda shorter Dec 17 2017 12:00 AM

Such a beautiful person gone to soon may peace be upon the family and I love you Anna G forever and always!!

Rhonda shorter Dec 17 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anna Gadison

Courtney Bibb and family Dec 16 2017 12:00 AM

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