"Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." (Proverbs 31:28).
PRINCETON — Dorothy Mae Williams, the last surviving member of her family, entered Heaven's gate on January 22, 2017.
She was born at Bottom Creek, WV to the late James Overton Stanley and Mattie Frith Stanley on February 14, 1924.
She was affectionately called "Valentine" as a child.
During her early years in McDowell County, she worked in several of the company stores and enjoyed her hobbies of skating and swimming.
She was a prayer warrior and active in her husband's ministry of over 60 years. She was a member of the two churches her husband founded: Lilly Grove Community Church in Princeton, WV and Carswell Community Church in Carswell, WV.
She loved the Lord and her love showed through to everyone who knew her and in the poems and songs she wrote. She cherished her family and thrived on teaching each of her children that God should be the center of their lives.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Benjamin Franklin Dunford, Sr., in 1945. Then, in 2014, her husband of 65 years, Reverend Douglas Calvin Williams, Sr., passed away, and in that same year her oldest son, Benjamin Franklin Dunford, Jr., tragically passed away. Her nine siblings also preceded her death.
She is survived by her children who adored her: Peggy Dunford Mitchell of Church Hill, TN, Sharon Williams of Princeton, WV, Doug Williams, Jr. and wife Janis of Beckley, WV, and Rena Hall and husband Rick of Princeton, WV; cherished daughter-in-law, Janice Cross Dunford of Memphis, TN and her precious sister-in-law, Mary Louise Stanley of Fairview, TN. Other survivors include her grandchildren:
Jeff Mitchell, Jennifer Stoner, Nikki Beasley, Ashley Williams, Aaron Williams, Allison Williams, Jessica Basham and Amanda Shrewsbury. Also, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and special friends: Margaret Shrewsberry, Kari Shrewsbury and Becky Williams.
Services to celebrate the life of Dorothy Mae Williams will be held at 3:00 PM Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Donald Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may visit with the family Wednesday from 2:00 P.M. until the service hour at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com.
Pallbearers will be Rick Hall, Aaron Williams, Jeff Mitchell, Jeffrey Shrewsbury, Jr., Clifford Rotenberry, Kenneth Torres, Larry Koger and Richard Whittaker.
The Williams family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on January 23, 2017