Durham, NC – Rebecca Dallie Jernigan Williams, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 29, 2015. She was born February 23, 1922 in Durham. She was dearly loved by her family and her many friends and will be greatly missed.
As a teenager, she dedicated her life to the Lord. She was a Christian example for her children and all who knew her.
After her marriage to John Wendell Williams in 1943, they moved to Collingswood, NJ. When WWII began she became a welder for the New York Shipyards. She taught a young women’s Sunday school class at the Collingswood Methodist Church in Collingswood, NJ. Upon returning to NC she became a charter member of the Church of the Nazarene in 1951. For many years she served in several capacities as a teacher, missionary society president and church board member. She authored the history of the Church of the Nazarene in Durham, NC. She became a charter member of the Hope Creek Church, Durham, NC in 2013.
She was a full-time homemaker and became a Boy Scout den mother for her two sons. At the age of 45 she returned to school and became an LPN, working at Durham County General Hospital. She especially enjoyed working in the newborn nursery. Her greatest joy was to be of service to others.
She is predeceased by her parents Jesse Alton and Lizzie Hackney Jernigan; her husband, John Wendell Williams; son, John Michael Williams; sisters, Virginia May Jernigan, Edith Jernigan McNeill and Lillian Jernigan Ammons.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Williams May and husband, Johnnie of Wilson, NC; her son, Jesse Alton Williams and wife, April of Taylors, SC; grandchildren, David Wayne May, Christopher Bradley Williams and Benjamin Mark Williams; Great grandchildren, Summer Lorraine Hundley, Sydney Nycole May and Gabriel Dale May; sisters, Geneva Jernigan Smith and Alice Jernigan Sykes and her beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 3, 2015 from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service with the Pastor Brett Lybrand officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 am Saturday prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Global Treasury Services Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 843116, Kansas City, MO 64184-3116, Request: World Evangelism Fund.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com.