Magnolia Robinson Williams, 85, departed this earthly life on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter.
Born on September 8, 1927 in Rembert, to the union of the late Deacon David Robinson and Sarah Dow Robinson. Mrs. Williams accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful servant of God throughout her life. She grew up in the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, Rembert, where she was the president of the gospel choir for more than 40 years; a member of the minister’s and Deacons Wives Board, president and one of the founding members of the “Gospelettes”, chairperson of the Outreach Alliance, member of the Missionary Society, Rembert Community Choir Union, Wateree Baptist Association Choir-Lower Division, Willing Workers of Rembert and the Inter-Denominational Minister’s Wives Alliance.
Mrs. Williams received her early academic education at Rafting Creek Elementary School in Rembert. When the Rafting Creek School was destroyed by fire, she completed her primary education at the High Hills Elementary School also in Rembert. Mrs. Williams’ secondary education was completed at the Baldwin Haven-,Mather Academy, Camden. In 1948, when she completed her studies at Mather, she moved to Sumter to attend Morris College. At that time Tribe Union Funeral Home, which was established on October 14, 1947, rented rooms to students attending Morris. This is where she met and married Frank Edward Williams, Sr. in 1949. This union was indeed a sacred union which lasted 56 years.
The family and friends she loved and left behind will miss her. Those left to cherish her memories are four children, Elder Georgia Donnell (Deacon John) Miller of Suitland, MD, Rev. Frank E. (Thoma L.) Williams, Jr., Rev. James E. Williams, Sandra (Arnold) Brailsford, all of Sumter; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Edna Robinson Golston; and a host of other family members and friends.
Magnolia always had a sense of family. She loved her family and believed in helping to take care of that family. She nursed, comforted, rescued, defended, supported, advised and taught all of her children how to believe in themselves and trust in Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Elease Robinson Dinkins, John M. Robinson, Rev. Joseph Robinson, James Robinson, Martha Robinson Dinkins, Mamie Robinson Hyman, Sarah Robinson Mayrant and Russell Robinson.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from the Neal Jones Auditorium, Morris College Campus, 100 West College Street, Sumter, with the Reverend Melvin Mack, officiating, the Rev. Dr. James H. Hall, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Charles H. Davis, the Rev. Sammie Simmons, the Rev. Darren P. Dixon, the Rev. John F. Kennedy, Elder Constance Barnes, and Dr. Luns C. Richardson.
The family will receive friends and relatives at 14 Mitchell Street, Sumter.
A wake service will be held Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 6:00 – 7:00 p. m. in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc. 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the Auditorium at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:30 p. m.
Flower bearers will be Rafting Creek Baptist Church Missionary Society, and Rafting Creek Baptist Church Ministers and Deacon’s Wives.
Honorary flower bearers will be the North Main Community Club and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.