The family will receive friends today, Feb. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Coldsprings Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Cold Springs Baptist Church with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Tommy Graves, Marvin Clemons, Ted Blaylock and Tim Sutton will officiate.
Abraham Lincoln once said “All that I am or hope to be came from my mother.” We look to our mother for guidance on life’s many journeys. We form our outlook on life and build our future plans on the example set forth by our mother.
Mrs. Williams was a woman who wore many hats. She was a Title I school teacher, homemaker, farmer, Sunday school teacher and a minister’s wife for 58 years. Mrs. Williams was the leading lady to the Rev. Ervin E. Williams, better known as the “marble man.” She purchased the 70,000 marbles Reverend Williams gave away during the course of his ministry. She dutifully kept up with the number of marbles in a small notebook, careful to record each one. She is the epitome of the saying “behind every good man, there is the love of a great woman.” The Rev. and Mrs. Williams eloped and married when she was 18, and their love withstood the trials of World War II, poverty, sickness and death. Life has to end but love will never die.
Mrs. Williams was a true southern, born again, God fearing lady. She loved dainty dishes and flowers. She picked 300 pounds of cotton once to buy a set of dishes to entertain with. There are many life lessons she passed on to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always taught how to love and support in times of bereavement, which included sending flowers and a covered dish. “Every Christian woman worth her salt sends flowers and a covered dish.” Mrs. Williams owned an in-home state licensed day care center for 60 years. There are countless lives that have her joy and love impressed upon it. She treated each child as her own and kept up with her babies into adulthood. Mrs. Williams retired at the age of 80. Her pallbearers will be those she helped raise at her daycare.
The Cold Springs community will never be the same again. Her love of community and family can never be matched. The impact she had on this world can never be erased. True love always wins, for now she is dancing in the sky with her love and praising her heavenly father...until we meet again.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Dooley; mother, Bessie Jane Light Dooley; husband, Rev. Ervin Williams (Mr. Marble Man); brother, Leacil Dooley; sister-in-law, Betty Dooley; brother-in-law, Robert Drummond.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her daughters, Donna Bradford (Butch), Carolyn York (Tommie III) and Libbie Myers (Larry); sister, Marie Drummond; grandchildren, Tommie York IV, LeAnn Henderson (Terry), Angie Dye (Michael), Jessica Henderson (Jon), and Holly Bradford; great-grandchildren, Camron Henderson, Lakota York, Makayla Dye, Whitney Heaton, Colby Henderson, Payton Heaton, Logan Dye and Alley Heaton; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Mawmaw Williams’ Daycare Boys. Honorary pallbearer will be Eli Burns.
Mrs. Williams loved flowers, but the family requests if donations are made to please make them to the Dr. Laganke MS Nonprofit Organization, Neurological Connections, 1809 Kress Street, Cullman, AL 35058, in honor of her great-grandson, Camron Henderson.
You may sign an online register or express private condolences to the family at www.collinsburkefuneralhome.com.
Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571