It was in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 11, 2015, that God called the name of CARRIE ELLEN WILLIAMS WILSON HENDERSON, and God gently took her by the hand to a place called heaven, a place that was made ready for her when her earthly journey was complete. She was the daughter who brought much joy to the lives of her parents, the late John Williams and Pearl Newell Williams, when she was born on Wednesday, September 1, 1920, in Littleton, North Carolina.
Carrie’s love for God was a lifetime commitment. During her early life, she accepted the Lord as her Savior, was baptized, and joined God’s family of faith at the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. She remained a devoted member who pressed her way to the Lord’s house as long as she had physical strength. As a worshipping woman of God, her love for Him was exemplified in her service, her work, and her study. She was an active member of the Missionary Ministry, a faithful Usher, a service she truly loved, and gave relentlessly of herself to the work of the kitchen committee. Desiring the Will of God in her life, she sought to learn more of Him, not only through worship service, but also, by studying in Sunday school and reading His word in the home.
As a child, the opportunity to attend school was very limited to many children, and for Carrie, this was no exception. The educational training she did receive was obtained through the Halifax County Public School System. Even though she did not complete her formal education, her desire to learn did not go lacking. She became a very refined self-taught seamstress.
At an age that we would consider too young, Carrie became the wife of Lonnie Wilson, Sr. and because of her esteem and love of family, she was richly blessed by God to be the mother of six children. These children would be nurtured in a loving home in the Sunnyside Community of Littleton until it became necessary to better provide for the family. They then relocated to New York, where she became affiliated with the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York. Carrie continued to nurture her children and grandchildren in a warm and loving family bond. As a means to make provisions for her family, she initially became employed at the A&P grocery store, but later, as God would will it, she began working in the Garment District of New York, where she was able to use her God-given talent as a seamstress.
After the death of her husband, Lonnie, Carrie met and married Nathaniel Henderson, and she continued to worship and work in New York, until the passing of Nathaniel. In 1986, she returned to her hometown of Littleton, North Carolina, and the Sunnyside Community after having resided in New York for approximately forty years.
Carrie’s caring spirit was not just limited to her home, but was also extended into the community. Her gift of sewing brought great joy to others, as she was the “community seamstress “ for many years. She designed and constructed clothing for elementary and high school students, college students, and even made bridal gowns, all mostly without using a pattern.
In addition to her parents and husband, those loved ones waiting to welcome Carrie to her new home are her daughter, Lizzie; her sons, Lonnie, Jr. and Jessie; her grandchildren, Ernest Wilson, Galye Jack, and Cheryl Bartee; her great-grandson, Tyrell Randolph-Wilson; her sisters, Susie, Frances, Mary, and Jennie; and her brothers, Clarence, Horace, and Louis.
Her loved ones who now mourn and are left with treasured memories of her life are her children, Carrie Jean Watson of the home, Mary Lee of Jamaica, NY, and Elnora Green of Warrenton, NC; her sister, Viola Hardy of Baltimore, MD; her ten loving grandchildren; her thirty-one precious great-grandchildren; her eighteen adorable great-great-grandchildren, who will all sorely miss her earthly presence and share the legacy of her life; two godchildren, John Hunter of Littleton, NC, and Linda Riley of New York, NY; three sisters-in-law, Connie Williams, Alice Alston, and Elizabeth Brooks, and an abundance of affectionate nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton. The Pastor, Rev. Dr. Vernon Bryant, will officiate, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home until 8:30 P.M. on Friday, October 16, 2015.