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Effie Mildred Williams

Posted By Hall-Wynne On March 7, 2019 @ 11:53 am In Durham,Obituaries | 6 Comments

CHAPEL HILL – Effie Mildred Williams, age 97, died at Sunrise Senior Living in Maryland on March 4th, 2019. She was born on September 11, 1921 to the late Olin Clyde & Nellie Mae Hutchins.

Mildred worked at UNC for over 40 years where she started at the university laundry and met her husband Randy. She later moved to the purchasing department where she later retired. After retirement in the mid-1980’s, she went back to work at UNCTV.  She was a lifelong member of Orange United Methodist Church. She loved weather and nature and enjoyed being around wildlife and flowers. She enjoyed crafting, sewing and traveling. She was an avid Tar Heel basketball fan who had a bright spirit and enjoyed laughing and being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mildred is survived by her son, James Randolph Williams, Jr. (Martha); daughter, Deborah Williams Bryan (Gordon); six grandchildren, William Bryan, Sarah Dawkins, Ben Williams, Makenna Williams, Kelsey Williams, Matt Williams; four step-grandchildren, David Crawford, Andrea Napier, Cecily Grice, Dani Crawford and 13 great-grandchildren. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, James Randolph Williams, Sr.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 8th, 2019 at Orange United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, NC at 3:00 PM. A visitation will be held one-hour prior in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Orange United Methodist Church, 1220 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or to the American Heart Association: https://www.heart.org/.

The Williams family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com – select obituaries.

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Condolence from SGM Patterson on March 7th, 2019 5:39 pm

So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was lucky to have you as her son. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. If you need anything, please let me know.
SGM Deborah Patterson

Condolence from Brenda Kirby on March 7th, 2019 8:23 pm

A wonderful, caring and loving lady! I wish I had known her longer.
I will always cherish my visits with her and the laughs we had.

Condolence from Alice Price on March 8th, 2019 8:46 am

Randy my condolence to you and your family. God is with all of you always. Stay strong and remember we are praying for all of you from Fort Meade Maryland. There is nothing you can’t bare with your faith in God. Your mother’s spirit is always here and you have so many memories you and the family can share with each other. You will always feel her presence.

Condolence from Dan Spicer on March 8th, 2019 9:37 am

Randy, I am sorry for your loss, and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Beth Grosscup on March 11th, 2019 8:02 am


A mother’s love is always with us, she dries our tears and does the dishes. She holds us close when we’re afraid and encourages us along life’s way. Though Jesus called her home, in heaven to roam, He left her love with you so you’re not so alone. The grief in your heart is expected from love and laughter not rejected. For what comfort it gives, it’s with Jesus she lives, singing with angels.

Condolence from Raymond Atwater on April 11th, 2019 4:58 am

Randy & Debby,
I was so sorry to just learn of your mother’s passing. She had a long, productive, and loving life of service to her family and church. I will always remember her open home, warm welcome, and quick wit from the times we spent together as children. You are in our prayers for the Lord’s comfort and peace, and i hope to see you soon!

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