MINIS COLUMN: Mother known for generous spirit

Rev. Anna Rebecca Williams


The Rev. Anna Rebecca Williams, a resident of Lincolnville for more than 75 years, was just the kind of person the community needed. Williams died recently at 92, the last charter member of the Lincolnville Civic League.

One of the league's functions was to sponsor social activities for the children.

Daughter Rosalee Washington recalls when the league purchased a piccolo (a type of jukebox) that it put in town hall, an old schoolhouse, for parties and field days. Youths from Charleston would be bused the 20 miles to Lincolnville for the fun. Sometimes Williams loaned her wooden churn to make ice cream with powder and hot ice.

Williams, who was born Sept. 15, 1919, and died Oct. 9, had many interests. She enjoyed making quilts, baking cakes, reciting poems and growing her more than 50 pink, red and white azalea bushes.

She married at 15 and began quilting out of necessity, but loved it. Her quilts, made of donated fabrics and old sheets or bedspreads that had seen better days, kept her family warm. And if a neighbor's house burned, she'd give them a quilt, too.

Williams and her late husband, Christopher Williams, were Ridgeville natives who moved to Lincolnville and bought land after sharecropping here and there for the first decade of their marriage, Washington says.

Myra Dyson of Summerton, Williams' granddaughter and a school guidance counselor, says she has many cherished memories.

They include the day she went away to college, taking her grandmother's gifts: a quilt, 16 bars of soap and the same two words of wisdom she always gave, "Be particular."

She also will remember that when Williams' income became limited and her family asked her to stop giving Christmas gifts, she insisted on continuing. The elderly woman gave children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren two pairs of socks each.

"This year," says Dyson, who wants to keep the tradition in the family, "I'm going to be the grandmother who gives the socks."

About Anna

Name: The Rev. Anna Rebecca Williams.

Community: Lincolnville.

Will be remembered for: Her community spirit.

Local affiliations: Community pastor; first a member of Ebenezer AME Church, Lincolnville, then a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Ladson; last surviving charter member of the Lincolnville Civic League; and member of the New Eden Chapter 204, Order of the Eastern Star.

Family: Husband, the late Christopher E. Williams; children, Rosalee Washington, Alice Smith, Clayton Williams, Christine Hampton and the Rev. Anna Williams-Gleaton, all of Lincolnville, Sandy Williams of Hinesville, Ga., Edmond Grant of Washington, D.C., and James Williams of Clinton, Md.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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