HIGH POINT — Ann Elizabeth Tinsley Morgan, wife to Jim, Mom to Lea Finegan (Mike) and Jef (Christi) and Granny to Mary Elizabeth, Clay, James, CJ, Emily and Anna Kathryn went to her heavenly home on April 27, 2021 at the age of 77. In her words “all is copacetic” and we take great comfort in knowing that she is now at peace with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ann was a graduate of Saint Mary’s High School (Raleigh, NC) and of Guilford College. For several years, she taught school in Greensboro, NC and Birmingham, AL before becoming a fulltime mother and homemaker. A Renaissance woman, Ann was known for her beautiful gardens, embroidery, love of animals, pimento cheese, and watermelon rind pickles. Ann was the consummate hostess and especially enjoyed entertaining and decorating for the holidays.
Ann was actively involved in her church, Christ United Methodist, and received the Christian Service Award for all of her good works. She especially enjoyed her years working with the acolytes and wrote a book entitled One plus One equals One about the history of Main Street and Christ United Methodist Churches uniting. In addition, Ann gave countless hours of her time and talent to the Junior League of High Point, the High Point Museum, and a number of other community organizations. Ann loved the beach, deep sea fishing, traveling the world, the Democratic party, and her hometown of High Point.
Above all, Ann was devoted to Jim. They met at Ferndale Junior High and married when Ann was only nineteen and Jim twenty. From all accounts, Ann helped Jim “grow up.” Maybe even more to the point, as her father-in-law JV Morgan used to say, “Ann saved Jim’s life.” Ann supported Jim throughout his political and legal careers, and eagerly joined with him to make their community and the world a better place. Ann never put her wants or needs first. Instead, she focused on what was right for Jim and ultimately the family that they created. There is no question that Ann’s guidance and unwavering love was the foundation of their fifty-seven years of marriage. She enjoyed a beautiful life with Jim that included countless walks on the beach, exciting travels, a wonderful family and so many dear friends.
Ann is predeceased by her parents, Luther Edward and Mary Clinard Tinsley, her brother Eddie, her sister Jeanie, and her very special canine friends: Buttons, Honey, Bacon, and Maya.
Ann will be remembered for her sharp wit, keen intelligence, fierce loyalty, and refusal to gossip. We take comfort in knowing that she is smiling down at us with a vodka tonic or Coca-Cola in hand.
There will be a memorial service at Christ United Methodist Church (currently meeting at First Baptist Church of High Point) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 and a celebration of Ann’s life immediately following at High Point Country Club Emerywood, 800 Country Club Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Her service will be livestreamed at www.christ-umchp.org
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6575 High Point, NC 27262, High Point Community Foundation, P.O. Box 5166, High Point, NC 27262, hpcommunityfoundation.org, United Way of Greater High Point, 815 Phillips Avenue, High Point, NC 27262, www.unitedwayhp.org, Guilford Education Alliance, 311 Pomonia Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407, guilfordeducationalliance.org or to Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27410, www.guilford.edu or the GTCC Foundation, P.O. Box 309, Jamestown, NC 27282, gtcc.edu/community engagement/giving.
Online condolences may be made on her memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.