2017-10-05 / Obituaries

Velma R. Williams

Velma R. Williams was born July 27, 1932, in Trenton, N.J., was raised in White City and educated in the Hamilton School system. She spiritu­ally departed this earth on September 30, 2017, peacefully at her home, where she had requested to be when the Lord saw fit to call her home.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Norris W. Gunby, Sr. Funeral Home in Lincolnton and a viewing service will be held Thurs­day, October 4th, 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Homegoing services and interment will be held in Hamil­ton, New Jersey.

Velma was a devoted wife to the late Vernon Williams and was the seventh child born to the late Rev. John O. and Gertrude Wilson and the last living sibling of ten brothers and sisters.

She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and became a member of the St. Phillips Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of her fa­ther Rev. J.O. Wilson for 40 years and served faithfully under the late Rev. Hubert R. Hunter. During her years at St. Phillips, she was an active mem­ber of the Sr. Missionary Ministry, a Sunday school teacher, the Sr. Choir, Nurses Unit, the Fellowship & Unity Club and was in charge of the Kitchen Ministry. She also made it her mission to visit the sick and shut-in families either by walking or riding her bike throughout White City, for she never had a driver’s license and was never a homebody.

She moved to Lincolnton in 2003, where she joined Harmony Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Freddie Neal, Sr. until the time of her passing and was instrumental in form­ing the Missionary Ministry, and was treasurer of the Harmony Choir.

Velma loved life and was full of love and joy. She had a great smile and a laugh you would always re­member. Anyone who ever met her would surely never forgot her. Once she settled in Lincolnton, her infec­tious spirit continued to prosper. And let’s not forget how she loved to play bingo.

Velma leaves to cherish her mem­ory her daughter, Coleen Starling (Donald) of Lincolnton; one son, Vernon Williams (Lolita) of Laurel, Maryland; three granddaughters, Desiree Denmon (Marque), Nicole Starling-Shakir (Naeem), and Eboni Starling, all of Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandsons Demetrius, Charles, Daniel, Emmanuel, Taurus, Dillon, Joshua, and Joseph all of Maryland; nine great-grandchildren, Khairi, Nkiru, Nazeeh, De-Jon, Mariah, Malaki, London, Kendra, and Kayla; two sister-in-laws, Hattie Gilliard and Delores Williams-Aydelotte; two brother-in-laws, Collin Harper, Sr. and Gregory Williams; two god­children, Tracey Harris and Shawn Hackett; and a host of nieces, neph­ews, relatives, and many friends.

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