Mrs Annie Pearl Williams

Mrs. Annie Pearl Williams, 91, of 228 East Deadfall Road, Greenwood and 1049 Shady Springs Court, Lawrenceville, GA, passed on Tuesday morning, February 2, 2021. Born on August 20, 1929, she was the first daughter of 13 children born to the late Will Young and Emma Foggie Young.

She graduated from Brewer High School in 1946 and attended Morris Brown College. After many years of service, she retired from Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert. During her life, she was a member of numerous organizations including: the Ebo-Akers Community Club, the Stellar Chapter No. 337 Order of the Eastern Star, the Gardenia Garden Club and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Senior Citizens Club.

Mrs. Williams was a faithful Christian and member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church most of her life. As a youth, she participated in many Baptist Conventions, during which she spoke and recited scriptures. In her young adult years, she was a Sunday School teacher, and for 50 years, she was a member of the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir. She later joined For Eternity Christian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where her son is the senior pastor. At For Eternity, Mrs. Williams was the Mother of the Church, a member of the Mothers’ Broad and a member of the Adult Choir (until her early 80’s). She attended Sunday School and Bible Study and faithfully studied the Word.

On June 5, 1949, Mrs. Annie Pearl married her sweetheart, the late Lamar Williams, Sr. of Greenwood.

Mrs. Williams is survived by one son, LaMar Williams Jr. (Demetra) of Lawrenceville, GA and three daughters, Ava Darlene Mason (Robert) Mason of Stone Mountain, GA, Malinda Williams of Snellville, GA and Angela Scott of Decatur, GA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Draan, Jamal, Chase, Justice, Pier, Lamar III, Jasmaura and Charisma, eight adorable great grandchildren, and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

In the eyes of her family, Mrs. Williams was very accomplished because she was a devoted Christian servant, wife and mother, and since this is a celebration of life, her family wants to hold to these special memories:

She was a great cook. Remember the pot roast, fried corn, fried chicken and special biscuits. There were grilled barbeque steaks even in the dead of winter. Yummy. When family from Washington DC came south for a summer visit, she was always in the kitchen preparing food. She had popcorn parties with the grandkids, special grandmother sandwiches, and you can’t forget, cucumbers and tomatoes in vinegar – simple pleasures and special memories. She was a great saleswoman. (Tupperware, Tiara, Stanley and Princess House anyone?) Her favorite colors were orange and yellow. She liked nice things and always wore her jewelry. She was a strong woman who would speak up when needed. (She had to be tough with eleven older brothers.) She was stern, but she also knew how to be flexible. Although she loved her girls, she would light up with the biggest brightest smile when her son entered the room. (She did that with those grandsons too.)

She loved her family and others. As a strong Christ follower, she would never let others change who she was, even when they were unkind. She always treated others with kindness, and because she truly showed the love of Christ, no matter the circumstances, ultimately, she impacted and changed lives. Because she was a person who lived what she believed, it wasn’t hard for her children to follow her living example. Even in her later years, she was still showing them that a silver lining could be found in difficult situations, as she taught them about love, sacrifice, patience, perseverance, courage and hope.

She passed on many gifts to her family, like cooking, a great work ethic, sales and speaking skills, a sense of community and kindness, but the greatest gift was that she introduced her family to Christ. She will be remembered, not as a perfect person, but as the daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend who was fashioned by the very hand of God, just the one they all needed.

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