Gwendolyn Butler Williams was born to the parentage of the late Eulee Bridges and Geneva Butler on April 12, 1950 in Baxley. She was also raised by the late Mose Butler, Sr. She received her education in the Appling County School System. Mrs. Williams was united in marriage to her soulmate, the late James Edward Williams Sr., for 42 years. To this union four children were born, Wendy, Wilma, Wanda and James “Junior.”
Mrs. Williams began working in retail industry in the early 70’s. With over 30 years combined, she managed several different stores including Bill’s Dollar Store, Walmart and McDonald’s. She did volunteer work at Well Star Medical Center in LaGrange until her health declined. She was an excellent cook, loved to sing, fish and thrift shop. She LOVED the Good Will Store.
She confessed Christ at an early age and joined the First African Baptist Church in Baxley. She always had a love for her home church. She later continued her faithful walk with Christ as Deaconess Williams serving with the St. Paul Baptist Church in many capacities to include the choir and kitchen ministry. She also played the piano, keyboard and had an angelic voice to sing.
You could often find Mrs. Williams being a mother to many. She loved to cook and feed you. You could always be assured to get a good meal or cake at Moma Gwen’s house. She was known to have her “Fish on Fridays,” feeding whomever stopped by. She was also known to have made some of the best homemade dressing this side of heaven. Her grandchildren will miss her red velvet and key lime cakes.
She leaves to cherish her memories three daughters, Wendy Brunson (Chuck) of Tuskegee, Al, Wilma Williams of Roanoke, AL and Wanda Gadsden (Charles) of Petersburg, VA, one son, James Williams Jr. of Ranoke, AL, eleven grandchildren, Brittany, Ashley, Brandi, Brilexis, DeAnna, Breyon, Jadarian, Breyona, Eliana, Elijah, seven great-grandchildren, brothers, Donnie Butler, Alnorris Butler (Ida), Dale Butler (Linda), all of Baxley and Phil Butler (Rethea) of Vidalia, sisters, Deloris Harris of Orlando, FL, Susan Sampson of Warner Robins, Jackie Davis (Boyd) and Caroline Watts, both of Baxley, aunt, Lula Mae Weaver of Deerfield Beach, FL, special goddaughters, Lisa Smith, Annette Brady, and Rebecca Jones, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Mizpah Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Pastor James R. Carlyle, officiating. A drive thru repast followed at Sleep Inn.
Active Pallbearers were Fredrick Brooks, Reuben Butler Jr., Carey Collins, Bernard Holliday, Jerome Porter and Detrick Wright.
Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Baker, Carl Cooley, Ricky Emory, Timothy Foster, Frank Gilchrist, James Harris Jr., Alvin Trammell and Willie Spratley.
Floral attendants were nieces.
Musical selections were rendered by Minister Peggy Fletcher and Ms. Pam Turner.
Professional services were entrusted to Baxley Funeral Home.