Deacon Johnny Coolidge Williams was born on December 3, 1926, in Warren County, North Carolina, and was the first of eight children born to the late Haywood and Pearlie Silver Williams. He departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Friday, July 17, 2015, at the Cary Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cary, North Carolina.
During his early life, Johnny accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined the Odell Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, where he served as a Deacon, the custodian, sang in the Senior Choir, and was Superintendent of the Sunday school. He later changed his membership to the Shiloh Baptist Church in the Arcola Community of Warrenton, North Carolina. After relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina, he faithfully attended New Bethel Christian Church and served on the Deacon Board.
Johnny was educated in the Warren County Public School System. He became employed as a mechanic at Newsome Motor Company in Littleton, North Carolina, until he started his own business. He was well-known for his ability to repair engines and could fix almost anything.
On January 15, 1948, he was united in matrimony to the love of his life, the former Nannie Tabron, who preceded him in death after sixty-five years of marriage. This union was blessed with five children.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by two sons, an infant and James C. Williams; his brothers, Robert, Joseph, and Lewis Williams; and his sisters, Willie Mae Williams, Sallie Williams-Jackson, and Perlene Williams-Hayes.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of his life and share the legacy of his love are his three daughters, Wilhemina Roberts of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Mildred Sanders and Rev. Brenda Ross, and son-in-law, William Ross all of Raleigh, NC; nine grandchildren, JoAnn Center and Michael Williams of Texas, Michael Sean Williams, Onnica Sanders, Alisha and Raymond Diggs, and Travis Ross all of Raleigh, NC, Shana “Nikki” Harville of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Dana Harville of Baltimore, MD; eight great-grandchildren, Aaron, Kaila, Te’Asia, Onnesti, Zoe, Nylah, Onniyah, and Maurice; one beloved sister, Bertadean Baker of Warrenton, NC; four sisters-in-law, Viola Borders of Alexandria, VA, Doris Williams of Kansas City, MO, Alma Williams of Warrenton, NC, and Amelia Tabron of Baltimore, MD; three brothers-in-law, Rev. Will C. Tabron (Pauline) of Littleton, NC, JD Tabron (Dorothy) of Largo, MD, and Fred Tabron of Hurt, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the Shiloh Baptist Church in the Arcola Community of Warrenton, NC. Rev. John W. Highsmith will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose until 8:30 P.M. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Robinson Funeral Home in Littleton, NC, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.