Mother Edythe Marie Williams, 94 years of age, was fearfully and wonderfully chosen by God. Our gift was received on Tuesday, April 25, 1925, in Fayetteville, Georgia to Mother Gladys Thornton and Mr. James Cofield. She was raised and nurtured by her loving and devoted grandmother, Mother Lucy Beasley, affectionately known as ‘Big Ma’. Her grandmother reared and taught her the way of the Lord.
Mother Williams was educated in the Georgia Public School System where she graduated with honors. Early on in life, she used her artistic fingers to make clothing garments for active military soldiers. She spent countless hours quilting beautiful bedspreads for family and friends.
Mother Edythe Williams married Johnson Weathers and to this union Earlean, Patricia, Marsha, Faye, John Marcus, and Anita was born. Mother Edythe Williams remarried the love of her life, Mr. Bill Williams on December 17, 1963, in Toledo, Ohio to this union Sandra and Terri was born. They settled in Detroit, Michigan and raised their eight (8) children in the fear and admiration of the Lord. Although their prize possessions were their grandchildren.
On her journey of life, she accepted Christ as her personal savior and was a vessel of grace and love. Mother Williams was a pioneer of true holiness, saved, sanctified, full of the Holy Ghost and a force to be reckoned with; a dedicated solider in the army of the Lord. While residing in Michigan, she served faithfully in the Historic Northeast Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ under the leadership of First Assistant Bishop P.A. Brooks. Mother Williams served as one of the Senior Armor-Bearers and caregiver for Mother Mary Jane Hopkins, Elder and Mother Warren, and was the Jurisdictional Hospitality President. Mother Williams served various local, state and jurisdictional leaders.
Mother Williams was the epitome of hospitality, serving family, friends and strangers by opening her home, feeding and clothing, and she would take the youth in the community every year to the amusement park. Mother Williams and her husband relocated to Arkansas and the work for the Lord continued. She joined Williams Temple Church of God in Christ in 1983, serving various leaders and auxiliaries, including presidents of the Mother’s Board helping to build and develop strong, spirit-filled women. She was dedicated and faithful until her health began to fail, but yet supported the ministry.
Mother's charm captivated you, her wisdom wowed you, her sincerity and honesty embraced you, and her testimony inspired you. Mother Williams fought the good fight of faith. Although she experienced many hardships and trials, she was yet a SURVIVOR. The Matriarch of the Williams Family is preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandmother, and four (4) of her children: John Marcus, Faye Delores, Marsha Deb and Anita Marie.
Mother Edythe Williams lived for this day when she would be with the Lord. No more tears, pain or heartaches. On the evening of Tuesday, August 6, 2019, surrounded by her family, the Lord quietly called His gift ‘Mother Edythe Marie Williams’ from laborer to reward.
Mother Edythe Marie Williams leaves to cherish her loving memories, four daughters (4) daughters: Earlean Lawrence of Hamtramck, Michigan; Mother Patricia Mae Johnson and Sandra Williams of Detroit Michigan; and Terri (Dwayne) Cannon of Searcy Arkansas, ten (10) grandchildren: Roderick Taylor, Corwin Lawrence, Leticia Weathers, District Missionary Aletha Weathers, Missionary Alfreda Weathers, Donna Lawrence, Latasha McCullough, Aretha Weathers, Tiffany Daniels and Shanae Williams; fourteen (14) great-grandchildren, five (5) great-great grandchildren; cousins: Joann and Annette of Atlanta, Georgia; Pastor Cedric and Elect Lady Estellia Smith and the entire Williams Temple Church of God in Christ.
Visitation will be 1-2:00 p.m. Friday August 9, 2019 at Williams Temple Church of God in Christ with funeral services starting at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Crow Cemetery in Kensett.