Vanessa Bernice Antwine was born on February 3, 1960 in Houston, Texas to George Erwin and Marion Boatwright. She was adopted at an early age by Fernando & Bernice Taylor of San Antonio, Texas.  She attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and Emerson Junior High School in San Antonio, Texas. She was a 1976 graduate of Fox Tech High School and went on to attend San Antonio College and Southwest Texas State University. On April 24, 1977 she was initiated into Delta Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The Eight Elegant Ebonies embraced sisterhood. She transferred into Alpha Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and served on the Economic Legacy, Global Impact, Mahogany Brain Challenge boards. Vanessa graduated from Prairie View A & M University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She obtained a Master's Degree in Education (Reading & Literacy) from Prairie View A & M University in 1984. Vanessa married her college sweetheart Adam G. “Pete” Antwine on June 6, 1981. She created a life in San Antonio, Texas as a devoted Educator and loving Mother of three children; her daughters Alexis Tennessee and Arielle Antwine, and her son Adam Antwine II. As an Elementary Educator, Vanessa’s career spanned 35 years; teaching in Edgewood Independent School District (ISD), San Antonio ISD, Northside ISD, and Northeast ISD in San Antonio, Texas where she retired in May of 2014.She also taught for 2 years in the Prince William County schools in Manassas, Virginia. Vanessa leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband of 39 years, Adam G. Antwine; her daughters Alexis Tennessee (Francois) of Dallas, TX and Arielle Antwine of Chicago, Illinois; her son Adam Antwine II of San Antonio, Texas; her sisters Sandra Polk (Alvin) of Houston, Texas, and Wynell Coleman (Charles) of Corpus Christi, Texas; her brothers Dwight Martin (Mae) and Calvin Martin of Corpus Christi, Texas; her three grandchildren, Langston Holmes, Phoenix and Phara Tennessee and other relatives and friends. Vanessa will be deeply missed but never forgotten by all who knew and loved her.

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  1. 🕊 To the Antwine family: Wow, I’m still in shock. Vanessa was a loving, caring person. Sweet as can be. We attended Fox Tech together. We lost touch but found each other again. She loved her family. Vanessa is gonna truly be missed by many. Until we meet again, 😇 Rest In Paradise My Sista. ♥️ Love, Lynette Ferguson-Whitby

  2. Condolences to the family from Geneva Garcia Davis Family who worked at Kelly AFB. God Bless your family and STAY SAFE.

  3. Pete , Lexi, Adam and Arielle. We will always keep the family in our prayers. Love always, The Cockfield’s, Al, Patricia, and Patrice

  4. My Sistah in prayer. You were my wings in some of my storms. My light in some of dark moments. I will never fill the void I got when you where call home to the castle we call heaven. I am truly bless to have had you as my friend. And a sistah, that how we were. And will remain to be. Rest in power my sistah, I’ll see you on the other side. Missing you so much. Those everyday text will help me get through this. Your girl, Patricia C. from Virginia July, 2020

  5. Aunt Vanessa has a light, a smile and a spirit that will never be forgotten. The countless lives she poured into as an educator will carry a kind word, an intellect and have a contribution to their communities. I’ll miss her encouraging text messages, cards and phone calls. Love, Nicky

  6. Pete and family, Vanessa’s light will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Love, Lette, Wayne, and Ms. Mary

  7. Sincere condolences and prayers to the Antwine family and especially to my sister Sandra Polk. From Catherine Dorsey & Hazel Jones.

  8. My condolences to you all. Vanessa and her light will be missed dearly. I am so blessed to have know. You my entire life. You and Pete will always be my family. I will keep you all in my prayers. With love, LaDonna (Brown) Earle

  9. Vanessa was a very kind and giving of herself during the time I knew her. We became friends through our RV Club, the Sojourner and enjoyed the time we spent traveling to different places. My sympathy to the family and know that God will wrap his arms around you and provide comfort.

  10. Adam, please accept my deepest condolences to you and the entire family. I am praying that God keeps your heart and mind in perfect peace. Vanessa will forever be alive in our hearts and thoughts. May God strengthen you. Chris Carr Houston, Texas

  11. My memory of Vanessa is her beautiful smile and her beautiful spirit of caring for others. You will always be in our hearts. To the family my deepest condolences and I will continue to pray for you all.

  12. Vanessa was my light and she brought so much joy to myself and everyone she came in contact with. There are no words that can express the depth of the loss that is felt by those closest to her. I continue to pray for the family and we all know that she is home now.

  13. Vanessa was a loving and kind friend always smiling and encouraging. Adam and family you have our sympathy. Please know that we are praying for your strength.

  14. 🕊Mom as I sit here and write this ,I just still cant believe you, mom you were my everything, you left to soon mom you made such a big impact on my life my mommy since i was 5 years old you took me under your wing when no one else did ,Lexis and dad i love ya’ll so much words just cant explain the pain I’m going thru those Beautiful text messages everyday that would get me thru my day the encouraging things we would talk about mom,Dad and Sister Alexis my condolences go out to the whole family mom wish this was a dream my mom gone ,i sure am gona miss you mom you were so Beautiful wait lol and mom boy could you be fiesty lol,love your daughter Frankie gosh mom never in a million years my mommy, my best friend, my teacher and I could sit here and go on and on ,I promise you mom I will never forget you ,who could my Beautiful mom😢❤

  15. I remember when Vanessa , Susie and I went to Austin to just getaway. We stayed at the Hampton Hotel. We laughed, cried and talked until we all fell asleep. She will be missed . May God give the family peace , comfort and understanding . Love you all dearly Sidney Rackley

  16. It’s been an honor and a great privilege to have shared find memories as a classmate, and later on as a sister friend. I was always graced by her presence.. sending my heart felt condolences to her family and friends.

  17. Vanessa, this is so unreal, you will be missed, it seams like yesterday we were kids at St Paul’s youth program, and Mama holding Lexie for the first time….. Time moves to fast….. I love you … My prayers to Adam, Lexie, Arielle and Adam, and the host of family and friends, God bless and keep us.

  18. Greetings Family of Vanessa A. Not only did Vanessa and I share the same bday but we shared a special friendship .I met Vanessa while subbing @ Warren High School .Although we didn’t know each other for an extended period of time,we found common ground with each other and our friendship will last until we meet again on the other side . May God give you the peace and understanding to accept His Will! 🙏🏿 He has taken a beautiful soul.Vanessa will be missed . Rest In Peace my dear sister & friend 🙏🏿💜❤️ Nancy Bruton

  19. Our most sincere condolences to Adam and his family. We will miss Vanessa’s smile and willingness to help others. May God rest her soul.

  20. Adam and kids you will be in my prayers. The last time I saw Vanessa was at Grandma Burgess’s 70 Birthday in Alex. The friendship you had with my sister was extended to all of our family..We will miss the stories about the fun summers you’ll spent together.Vanessa you will be missed.Rest in the arms of Jesus.

  21. To the bereaved family: I remember Vanessa as such a sweet person always caring and showing compassion for others. She will be missed. I will keep the family in prayer during this difficult time. Extending condolence. With Deepest Sympathy. Edith Williams

  22. I’ve been going back and forth about what I wanted to share because there are just so many. And like so many others have said, she was deeply loved because her heart has no limits. She often talked me down the ledge, a young, single inexperienced mother of two and told me repeatedly that I was doing a great job. She kept me encouraged and reminded of who I was in Christ Jesus. She supported me near or far, kept in touch when I fell off, and I never questioned who I was to her. She lovingly told me every time we spoke that she loved me and I felt that, with the depth of my soul. She was there through the raising of my kids as she “raised” so so many other kids as well. She was the epitome of a superwoman. We will forever love you “Auntie Nessa” (my kids call her that) and we will miss your sweet voice and laughter. I love you Antwine family ❤️❤️❤️

  23. My deepest condolences to the Antwine family! Vanessa was such a sweet loving person towards me! I met her at Oak grove, I was the custodian lady there! We build a friendship for 14 yrs and stay in touched after her retirement! She will be missed! May she RIP!💕💕

  24. Family, Gerald, Lindsey & I extend our sincerest condolences during this difficult time of beareavment. I met Soror Vanessa some ten yrs ago when she was teaching @ Oak Grove Elementary (NEISD). My daughter Lindsey (1st grade at the time) couldn’t wait to tell “she thinks there may be a teacher at her school that’s an AKA”. Immediately through our “illustrious Sisterhood connection” I started “volunteering” in her classroom. I often joked that “being her Sisterly assistant” in the classroom was my very first job in San Antonio. As a result our family moved from the NE side of town short time later to the NW area where we’d be a couple miles apart. She insisted I be closer so she could help me with Lindsey. Through the years our families were blessed to share many special occasions/memories from the birth of her 1st grand, to signing up to Substitute at Earl Warren HS, Sorority functions and the most recent celebration of her 60th birthday. Thank you “Antwine” for your ❤ and selfless acts of kindness to me and my family since relocating from the Midwest.

  25. To the Antwine Family we will miss Vanessa smile, caring spirit and love she spread among all. Until we meet in the other side The Kenebrew Family

  26. God took you to soon he needed the best angel he could find and it was you we will never forget you as you were there in my family’s crisis and offered your kindness not only were you my baby’s Frankie’s teacher but became her second mom you will remain precious and loved by our family blessings to your husband and children Janie Niyakan

  27. Our thoughts and prayers. are with you at this difficult time. Thinking of you and your family may memories of Vanessa bring peace to your hearts

  28. Vanessa lived across the street from my Grandmother, we grew up together! My condolences to the family!

  29. The Eight Elegant Ebonies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. since April 1977 . Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers we extend to the family in the loss of our line sister Soror Vanessa. The loss of our Beautiful line sister is a great loss for she was not only a line sister but our friend. Always in our hearts. We love you Soror Vanessa. Pictured left to right Sorors Terri Brooks Ray, Janet Griffin, Pamela McKinney, Linda Harrison Lewis, Sharon Crockett-Ray, Vanessa Antwine, Frankie Wilson Williams, Annette Hodges Brothers.

  30. Vanessa is being MISSED SO MUCH! She was my Cousin, Friend and Confidant. We texted Encouragement and Inspiration to each other DAILY. Vanessa touched SO MANY LIVES. She was SPECIAL, sent here to Educate and Love on God’s little ones. I remember our trip to Las Vegas. We spent time with our Cousin Claudia and Dave who live there and we had so Much FUN! We LAUGHED and LAUGHED and LAUGHED till we were crying sometimes, this trip was that much FUN!!🤣 She could always make us laugh.🙂 When we become Grandmama’s that took the relationship to another level. She LOVED and ADORED those Grandbabies!! 💞She was a BLESSED WOMAN and we were BLESSED to know her.❤ To Peaches, Lexi & Family, Adam and Arielle Prayers are and will be sent to Heaven DAILY on your behalf. With the LOSS you have SUFFERED GOD in sending you a WONDERFUL GUARDIAN ANGEL and her name is VANESSA!🙇🏽‍♀️ My deepest CONDOLENCES, Patricia and Family

  31. Vanessa was so thoughtful she knows my mom very well for a long time after I had my son she had bought something’s for him she was always thoughtful and caring I remembered her calling me telling me she just stopped by again to bring some more stuff what I’m saying is this lady was very sweet and always thought about others as well you will be missed dearly . Rip

  32. I taught with Vanessa for many years, and she was always so caring, thoughtful and had a great sense of humor! She will truly be missed, but God has a mission for her! Condolences and prayers to the family.🙏😘🙏

  33. Sending my deepest condolences. I was blessed to teach with Vanessa at Oak Grove. When I think of her, it puts a smile on my face. She will be missed.

  34. I worked with Vanessa at Oak Grove. She could always make me laugh with her funny comments. She touched so many lives, young and old. Her legacy will continue through all of children that came and went through her door. God Speed my friend.

  35. Vanessa was on the faculty of Oak Grove when my husband Bob Le Pere was the principal there. She will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  36. I worked with Vanessa at Oak Grove. She was a wonderful lady. She had the best laugh. Prayers and deepest condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed. 🙏🏻

  37. I am saddened by the loss of sweet Vanessa. We met when I started teaching first grade at Oak Grove. She was so welcoming and encouraging! We laughed so much that year! I will miss that beautiful smile! She often bragged of her family and the love she had for them! May God hold the entire family in His loving arms! Prayers of comfort for you all!

  38. Vanessa has always known me since I was a little baby, but the memories I’ll carry with me forever are during my college years. Vanessa gave me a home away from home while attending Texas state. She took me to a play and always cooked me home meals before returning to school. She was also sweet enough to help my mom plan my graduation dinner before COVID-19 cancelled it. I will always cherish her and our funny conversations. She was a true AKA diva with a big heart ! She never hesitated to pick up her phone and check up on me. I’m so honored to have known such a sweet soul. Thank you Vanessa, I’ll carry your advice with me forever.

  39. We met Vanessa and Pete at our first camp out with the Texas Sojourners. She was a beautiful person Inside and out. Will be remembered for her kindness. Rest in peace.

  40. My deepest sympathy to the family of Vanessa. I am a retired NEISD teacher and was part of the Oak Grove family at one time. May the memories live in your heart forever. Rest in Peace Vanessa.

  41. Our deepest sympathy to the Antwine family. Vanessa will be missed, but always be remembered in love. May God give you all strength that only he can!

  42. My deepest sympathy to the family of Vanessa. I had the great pleasure of working with Vanessa at OG elementary. She was a beautiful person inside and out! She was funny and so caring to all!She will be missed.RIP my friend !!

  43. I taught with Vanessa for just one year at Oak Grove. Her personality was both larger than life and irresistible. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out. Im confident her legacy outlives her in the kiddos she inspired and loved on as well as the people who are changed for the better by having known. May you rest in peace, Vanessa.

  44. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… we can’t begin to imagine the pain you are experiencing at this difficult time. Love,

  45. Ms. Vanessa was my other mother growing up. She was so welcoming and loving in every way possible. From rides to the movie theater and mall to her hilarious sayings and caring personality, she always brought a smile to my face and lit up the room with love. There were too many sleepovers to count and during the summer she’d let me stay for days on end! She was always there for me in a time of need and I’ll ever forget that and appreciate her for it so much. She’ll continue to bless me with her legacy.

  46. So immensely sorry for your loss. Ms. Vanessa, your mom and wife, was such a beautiful and lovely woman. Love always, Shantal

  47. My deepest sympathy to all of Vanessa’s dear family. I worked with Vanessa all of her years at Oak Grove. It was always so much fun conversation when we had the opportunity to visit after school. I would walk into her welcoming classroom and always was greeted by her beautiful smile. We shared about school but also about our children. Her children and grandchildren were here greatest joy. Our daughters had at one time danced at the same dance studio. I will miss her but forever have her spirit within my heart. Love you Vanessa Antwine, your friend and fellow Panther, Adriana Rivera

  48. I feel very blessed to have taught with Vanessa at Oak Grove. She was a beautiful spirit inside and out and I know she will be missed. 🙏🏻 Sally Boyd Sullivan

  49. Goodbye dear teacher-friend. Vanessa and I were reading buddy partners. Every month My fifth grade and her 2nd grade class would read a book together, then Vanessa would have the whole class dance to Beyonce……….(She led the whole class). She was so much fun!!!! Many prayers to the family…..She will be missed.

  50. Vanessa, I will miss seeing your beautiful smile, and the love you always showed me and my family, especially when we loss my brother Leon. Your cousin…Peewee

  51. Mrs. Antwine was my kindergarten teacher when she taught at Oak Grove Elementary. She taught me how to be fearless and showed me love. Our families have always been connected to each other one way or another which was why we were so close. Mrs. Antwine loved each one of her students, even after they weren’t in her class anymore. Ever since elementary I’ve received letters in the mail from her wishing me good luck to the new school years. She was the definition of unconditional love. I am now a senior in high school and still remember her kind words and lessons that I was given as a child. God bless the Antwine family. – Miss Haley Kay

  52. Remembering Vanessa, I met Vanessa in 1981 through my husband, Jezell Lyles, Jr. Jezell had met Pete & Vanessa in college at Prairie View A&M University in 1978. We became close friends! Over the years, we raised our children, went on vacations, and celebrated special occasions together. My husband and I enjoyed our trips to San Antonio to visit them. Vanessa was very loving and beautiful inside and out. She was very wise and always gave us great advice. She showed us how much she loved us by always calling and checking up on us. Vanessa brightened my days during my saddest times. Vanessa, I will always love and cherish you! I will miss you dearly! Heaven has gained a precious angel. Rest in Peace Friend Always, Natalie J. Lyles

  53. Pete, Those we love are as close as a warm memory, and as near as a quiet afternoon spent remembering favorite times together. Wishing you memories full of love, laughter, and all the good things you shared. This comes to simply let you and the children know that you’re thought of with friendship, caring, and love. Natalie J. Lyles

  54. May God grant you peace during this difficult time. We love you all and will continue to lift you in prayer. Love Charron and Ceil

  55. Pete and family, our deepest condolences. Vanessa was such a kind and happy person. We will always cherish the memories we have of her and she will be deeply missed. Rest In Peace Vanessa. Love The Martinez Family

  56. My sweet Vanessa. I’m trying to understand why you are gone . As sad as I am , I know the pain your family is feeling is far greater. I’ve been praying for your family n will continue to do so. I find myself thinking of you, talking to you , shedding tears, n then taking a deep breath. Your friendship means so much to me . Ty for being such a wonderful hallway neighbor, work buddy , n true friend . I’ll treasure our friendship n all the hugs n laughs we shared. I’ll miss so many things …The times we left work in the dark together to watch out for each other…the advice u shared during troubled times…the days we would share pics N stories of our kids…the texts u sent that let me know u were thinking of me…& just laughing out loud together … I know being a genuine Christian woman , you were ready for joining the Lord in the heavens above . It’s all of us that weren’t ready for you to go. I know you are rocking your angel halo n flowing gown….looking glam yet always a true lady. Please keep us in your prayers Vanessa as we go through missing you. Thank you for all you were to your family n friends 🥰🥰🥰. Love you, Mary Jane

  57. Patrick and I met Vanessa and Pete during a camp out with the Texas Sojourners. We soon discovered we shared a number of things in common, we were recently retired, loved shopping, our grandchildren and trying navigate our new world. We are saddened to learn of Vanessa’s transition and we pray for God’s strength and comfort for Pete and their family during this difficult time. Patrick and Josie Grant

  58. Ms. Vanessa welcomed me into the family when I became best friends with Alexis in the first grade. She made childhood so much fun, and always had a loving hug waiting. She also welcomed my sister Sonia when she asked, “Mrs. Antwine, will you be my friend?” She became a second mother & friend as Lexi & I grew up, through grade school, college, & into adulthood. She exemplified being a mother, friend, and truly kind person. Brian & I will always be grateful for her being there for us when our daughter Katie was in the NICU. Ms. Vanessa would bring us food and crossword puzzles, and always wrote cards & sent texts. After we lost her, she continued being so loving, writing cards, sending gifts, and checking on us. Dear Katie, please hold Ms. Vanessa close, and have that loving hug waiting for her. Thank you Ms. Vanessa for all of your love and everything you did for us. Mr. Antwine, Lexi, Adam, Arielle, and family, our hearts are with you, and we love you all very much. Petra & Brian Yount

  59. I Last Remmber a February Cultural Gathering. You Tarried a while; that Last Look. Humble; You Gave Much in your years. Love, Patty & Family

  60. With all of our love and prayers our sincere condolences to you my Brother and the family. Sincerely, Carlos & Cindy ( aka C&C).

  61. Vanessa and I taught first and second grade together for many years. She was always upbeat and fun. She will be greatly missed, Marsha Box

  62. Cousin while reading all of these memories from these different peoples, I’m glad God gave us the chance to see one another. RIP!!!😊

  63. My condolences to the Antwine family. Vanessa will be missed by all of us at Oak Grove Elem. She was always ready with a smile or funny story to cheer us up! Thanks for your friendship.

  64. Vanessa may you Rest In Peace. A beautiful sister and Soror. A sweet friend indeed. You will be missed. My condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you during this time. Love to you all. Lala

  65. Our most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Well always remember Vanessa for her big heart and beautiful smile.

  66. You will see Her Someday When you lose someone it can be hard to take the pain that you feel when your heart has to break. The memories you keep are all in your mind as you search your soul for more to find. The way her skin felt, the smell of her hair as you keep thinking over and shedding a tear. The years may pass, memories fade to grey but you’re getting no younger, you’ll see her someday. Unconditional love is never forgotten, look deep in your heart, it is there at the bottom. Alone in the dark, sometimes in fear, voices from her you’re hoping to hear. More years pass, they soon fly by, but you’re always looked upon from her in the sky. Surrounded by clouds and pure white doves, she listens and watch sending you love. Just remember one thing as you sit and you pray, she will be there to greet you, you will see her someday. Louise Carter Classmate to Kermit Antwine

  67. Thank You for everything Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:31

  68. I worked with Vanessa at Oak Grove for many years. I had the pleasure to work in her room for one of those years. I truly enjoyed being in that room with her and learning from her. Even after she retired, we would talk frequently, mostly about our kids and grandkids, she was so proud of them all. We ended every conversation with I love you. Vanessa Antwine, I love you and my life won´t be the same without you. She was one of a kind and my heart aches for her family, I will miss her.

  69. My dear Soror Vanessa, we don’t know why God called you home so young. I only know that he is getting one who was an angel on earth. Well done good and faithful servant . Love always, Soror Marilyn.

  70. To my San Antonio Family, May your heart and soul find peace and comfort during this most difficult time!

  71. Adam and family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy. Our prayer is for God to provide you with the comfort and strength now and for the days ahead. I will cherish all of the great memories of our beautiful sisterhood and friendship over the last 40 years , and will miss our Sunday talks. We had some great times. She will be in our hearts forever. Cheryl and Henry

  72. It was the spring of 1972, Vanessa was running down Mittman street wearing blue jean bell bottoms, and a white blouse with silver stars. As she ran her long hair flowed with the breeze , Vanessa smiled and laughed “I’m Vanessa, what’s your name?” In the fall of 2001, I became her Soror and had the opportunity to work with Vanessa on many community endeavors. She still possessed the lovely champagne personality and flare for style that would turn heads, but then I learned how intelligent and devoted she was. She loved Alpha Tau Omega in perpetuity, and I thank God for her sisterly kindness, love, respect and loyalty. I will continue to pray for her family. Vanessa will be missed and never forgotten. Lillie Fuller

  73. Herb and I send our warmest condolences and deepest sympathy to Cousin Pete and family. Our hearts were so saddened and broken at the news of Vanessa’s passing. We already miss Vanessa’s sweet spirit. We will miss her warm hugs and beautiful smile at family gatherings. I will always love and remember Vanessa for being one of the first to offer me a warm welcome into the family when I met her in 1984. Over the years, I looked forward to hanging-out with her at family gatherings and visits at my home in Beaumont. We would share pictures and updates of our children and grand babies. I loved that she always had something good and positive to say. I will miss my cousin & friend and I wish we had more time to do some of the fun things we had planned. Now, I will look forward to seeing her in a better world, where a new heaven and new earth will exist and where death will be no more, Revelations 21: 1 -5. We can, also, take comfort in God’s promise found at John 5: 28, 29 where He tells us that the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear His voice and come out. Oh, what a great day of Resurrection that will be! Rest in peace my friend, we’ll see you on that ‘great getting up morning’! I pray that God will bless us and keep us all until that beautiful day. With our love, Gwen & Herb

  74. Soror Vanessa, thank you for the kindness you have shown me during our short time of getting to know each other. I have all your text messages, birthday, Mother’s day well wishes and voice messages. You are missed dearly, but I know you are with the Lord. May God continue to watch over your family during their time of loss.

  75. Soror Vanessa thank you for the joy, encouragement, the sisterly check-ins, your smile and kindness you shared with me and other’s in our Sorority. You will forever be my sister! Rest in Peace.


    Soror LaNell M. Taylor

  76. Dear cousin Mrs. Vanessa I am still in shock from the phone call. I literally would have never thought. I know you in a better place but i still wish there was more time. Khaleb and I gon always pray and luv you becuase we family. I wanna send my deepest and upmost sympathy and will charish the memories. We luv yall… Luv Always Sandra

  77. Dolly Adams-Willis Vanessa will be missed very much. I will never forget how she was there for me when my mother passed suddenly two years ago. She was such a kind loving person. God puts angels in your path during life and Vanessa was one of them. Love and prayers to my family during this time.

  78. Dear Pete and family, we lost a great friend and calm soul, but the universe received a new beautiful star. Our condolences to you and your family. In this tough time in your life, may our friendship, sympathy and heartfelt condolences bring you comfort. If you need anything, just let us know. Love, prayers and peace to you and your family. Bryan and Devon Chase.

  79. My sweet friend I’m missing you. Love your thoughtfulness & friendship. Sending your family my love & prayers. Until we meet again you will remain in my heart forever.

  80. Pete and family, I’m keeping you all close to my heart and in my prayers for the tremendous loss of Vanessa. I remember her as being a sweet, loving and caring person even as a little girl back in our Our Lady of Victory days. Whenever I’ve seen her, she always greeted with a beautiful smile and a hug. I know that saying she will be missed is an understatement if feeling that really can not be expressed, but be strong and stay united. God will see you all through. Love to all, Agerain Franklin Gillespie & the Franklin Family

  81. This day, I say goodbye to a wonderful Spirit. Thank you for your kindness and grace as I served your children (the twins), and we became friends. I am grateful you stopped by the school on the 12th for assistance and we had some time to chat, and I was able to assist. We never know when the last moment with anyone will be, so I find some peace knowing I was able to see you smile and hear you laugh not so long ago. Thank you for supporting and believing in me, Vanessa. You will always be loved and missed. To the family, continue to find memories to treasure as you all make this journey without her physical being. Continued Prayers! Valerie Sisk

  82. Vanessa, we are going to miss you dearly….. You were my mom away from home when we lived in VA and I remembered how kind spirited you were and how you loved to laugh. I will remember all the good times we had back then. Adam, Baby Adam, Alexis, Ariel, and family, I’m keeping you guys in my prayers. I love you all and your mom, too.

  83. From the Conner Family.. Adam, Lexi, Ariel, & Adam We met your Mom at age 14 & 15 at Fox Tech High School. We graduated together and remained friends for now forty-six years. Your wife and mother was a very kind spirit, and easy to love. It is with our deepest regrets on her passing. Our thoughts, Prayers, and Spirit are with you. We too, will share it n her memories. She will forever live on in our hearts. Martin (Buddy) & Patricia A. Conner and Family

  84. I never had the chance to know you, Vanessa, but I hope you know that you left this world a darker place. But, your beautiful children will carry on the light for you. Being friends with Arielle is a blessing and a gift that I could never repay. Thank you for the impact you left on the world. I know you will be truly missed.

  85. Soror Vanessa was such a beautiful person inside and out. I will forever cherish our talks about life and family. Her inner peace was so contagious. She knew always what to say and God allowed her to somehow know just when to text that special word just for you. I will miss talking, sharing and serving with one of the most amazing women in ATO that I know. She will be an angel for many. I love you my sister, rest well.

  86. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love during this this difficult time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you. God Bless you and your family. Love ❤️ Soror Claudette Anderson & Family

  87. As we thank God for His servant Vanessa – a look in Proverbs 31:10-31 best describes her. We thank God for her touching the lives of so many! We thank God for allowing our paths to cross. Loretta, Margie, Barbara, and Rick

  88. Thank you for everything, you and Pete were a big part of my life growing up with Adam and Ariel. You guys took care of me like I was part of your family. I will always be grateful for you in that chapter of my life. “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:31“

  89. Vanessa, you took the stage like you owned it! Participating in Wesley-Harper UMC fashion show! I’ll always remember how you “represented” for us curvy girls! Your sophistication and smile brought life to that show!! We had a blast! Until we meet again! To the family, may God cover you with His sweet grace and give you the comfort that you need.

  90. So grateful my paths crossed with such a beautiful soul that Vanessa had. Her smile always gave me comfort and peace with. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Family . Love Gertrude ❤️

  91. Our prayers and condolences to the the family and her sister Sandra Martin Polk. We love you keep the faith

  92. Sweet, sweet friend, I will miss you so! You took Keith and I into your family with love and grace, and for that I will always be grateful. I still hear your voice, and though you are not here on earth any longer, I know that you are a member in my band of angels. I will do my best to carry on your legacy of sharing your love with all those you came into contact with. Rest in peace…

  93. Vanessa always had a beautiful smile and loved her family dearly. Sister rest your sister in law

  94. Vanessa always had a beautiful smile and loved her family dearly. Sister rest your sister in law

  95. Aunt Vanessa, you are wholeheartedly missed. It is hard for my brain and mouth to work together to give you the honor and respect you deserve. I will NEVER forget you. You were always so generous and loving to me and my family. I was always excited when I would learn that you and Uncle Pete were in town. I would do all I could to make sure I saw you before you headed back to San Antonio. And, when I was in San Antonio I would make it a point to come visit because you always made me feel welcomed and special and it would calm my spirit. You had this way about you that made people want to do better and be better. And, you were funny, also! I’m glad to have memories good and bad, mostly good! Uncle Pete, Lexi, Ariel, and Adam I love you with everything in me! And, you guys have been and will forever be in my prayers!

  96. Just wanted to take a moment to honor the life of one of my greatest inspirations, my first grade teacher Mrs. Vanessa Antwine. Mrs. Antwine was more than just a teacher, she was a loving, generous, strong and inspiring woman! I remember being mesmerized by her beauty, her confidence and her love for her students. My family and I were blessed to have become more than friends but family. For 31yrs she kept in touch always calling, sending cards, letters, pictures and text messages. Her moments of teaching, showing kindness and love didn’t stop in the classroom. I am who I am today because she gave me a little bit of her. To the entire Antwine family, on behalf of the Mancinas family, we love you all and are praying for you during this difficult time. RIP Mrs. Antwine 💔

  97. I feel like Lexie and I were kindred sisters from the first time we met in middle school. It was even better when my parents met Vanessa and Adam, as they became great friends too. Though they only lived in VA for a short period of time, we all remained such good friends. I’m so blessed that we got a chance to see Vanessa and Adam when they came to Virginia late last year. Family, please know that we are here for you. We will continue to pray and ask God to comfort you now and the days to come. We love you all so much.

  98. Pete and family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy, May God give y’all strength and peace through this difficult time. Love, Big Mike & Cindy Kirby.

  99. From all of us here at Affinity, we will miss her deeply. She always had a warm smile and kind heart. We have memories that we will cherish forever. -Priscilla Vega and residents.


  101. I received a beautiful birthday card from you on the 5th of June, I will miss your beautiful smile. Soror Clara B. Smith

  102. Sandra…My Deepest Sympathies go out to You and & Your Family. May God give you the comfort & peace during this time of sorrow.

  103. My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Antwine’s family. I met Mrs. Antwine at Oak Grove before she would be my daughter, Haley’s first grade teacher about 10 years ago. I approached her because I learned that her mother in-law was my second grade teacher at Booker T. Washington Elementary many years ago. Ever since, we kept in touch. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and will be truly missed. Rest In Peace.. Love, Yolanda Alvarado Benavides

  104. 🕯🕊 There is a saying about the “ love that runs from heart to heart…” Ms. Carrie, Pete, Vanessa, and the children always blessed me with love. Greatest respect and precious memories. 🎶 Jc Edwards

  105. You are loved and will be missed so very much. Your kind and giving heart will always be remembered. Rest in peace

  106. Wow Another Angel touched my heart and soul. Vanessa I will miss you and all of our girl talks. You left a footprint in my life. Pete and family, you have my deepest condolences. May the Lord give all of you the strength to get through this very difficult time. Victoria

  107. Vanessa was a sweet spirit. I met her at a Women’s Conference at New Covenant MBC; what a beautiful person. May the Lord bless Adam and the kids.

  108. I have finally been able to respond to my Texas family, about the untimely death of my sistah. I am at a lost for expressing how I feel, however, I have many wonderful moments/memories of you my friend and your family. Throughout the years of knowing you, we have always had wonderful conversations and reflections of life, politics, family, you name it , we talked about it. Our last conversation was about the passing of my dad, and you gave me so much comfort! Little did I know this would be our last conversation, and you would leave me a week later. I can remember our first encounter, over 20 years ago. You were my daughters first grade teacher, and we’ve been besties every since! I will miss your laughter, your morning inspirational texting, and your unconditional ❤️. I will miss you in my life, and I ask God to hold your family up, and ease the hurt that we all feel today. May you rest in everlasting peace Vanessa🙏🏾 My love for you is forever. Peace Cyndi, Jazmin, Candice, and family ❤️

  109. Sending you love and encouragement. We will carry Vanessa and her smile with us forever. Stay strong, and know we are praying for all of you!

  110. Sending heartfelt love and condolences to the entire Antwine Family. We will all miss Vanessa so much. Love your D.c. family, Cyndi and the girls❤️

  111. Love love love this family. Words cannot express my deepest condolences.I will continue to pray for each and every one of you knowing that God want be put more on you than you could bare. My fondness memory was the 70 party a very good time and a lot of good be people Vanessa was enjoying herself and of course we all did. God picked a Beautiful flower she will be missed greatly. Love from the Benson family.

  112. My condolences to the familly she was an amazing woman, My Father in law Jezell Lyles who is also in heaven with her, had a lot of love and respect for her, I met her and her husband Mr. Pete both great people, we will always remember her. Rest In Peace Mrs. Vanessa we will miss you. This picture is my son getting her hair braided by Mrs. Vanessa..

  113. Adam and family, I am just heart broken about my friend Vanessa. You all have my deepest sympathy during this time. She and I talked about a month and half ago and had the best time on the phone. I pray that God blesses you all with peace and comfort during this time.

  114. So sad to hear the news of one of my favorite people. I met her when my kids were in school at Oak Grove ES. I got the opportunity to work with her as well. She is very loved by myself and all 5 of my children. May god comfort you during this difficult time.

  115. She was my 1st grade teacher about 1989. I just thought the other day about how she always had us clean our desks with lemon-scented shave cream (as my 6 year old self remembers). I will always remember the teacher who taught me to add and multiply. She always talked with about the movie ‘Beaches’ with one of the teacher aids…..I will give it a watch in her honor. My condolences to the family. She was a sweet, loving woman. A huge piece of my chilhood is gone. Rest in peace, sweet lady. We’ll share a piece of candy again in a Heavenly classroom one fine day! Alejandro Almanza Student, Las Palmas Elementary

  116. From Andra and son Shamarr Jones: We are so shocked and saddened — our hearts are heavy to learn that she is no longer with us. She was Shamarr’s 2nd-grade teacher at Oak Grove. Vanessa was such a loving, compassionate, understanding, and empathetic person. Thank God that we had the opportunity to remain in touch since 2002. Sending our condolences to the Antwine family. Praying that God wraps you all in His arms during this difficult time of transition. RIH, Vanessa.

  117. CandleImageOh Vanessa, I’m just hearing of your passing. I pray that you rest in the love and light of God. May the Lord bless your family with comfort and peace. Love Vitra Crenshaw Frederick. #OLV

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