Mother Kathleen Coleman Williams was born May 4, 1939, in Barbour County, Alabama, to the late Rosa Lee Reeves and Colonial Coleman. She was the firstborn of her siblings. Kathleen attended school in Elba, Alabama. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Thomas E. Williams until death separated them in 1992.
Because she enjoyed helping others, Kathleen chose to become a home health aide at the Coffee County Health Department. During her time of employment, she made many friends before retiring for medical reasons. Kathleen was a faithful church member at Greater New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in her early years. She later joined Harris Temple Church of God in Christ where she served faithfully as a member of the Mothers Board and the Missions Department until her illness and passing. Mother Williams had a passion for cooking. She loved to sit back and watch her family, friends and even strangers enjoy the fruits of her labor, particularly her meat loaf, fried cornbread and spaghetti for which she was famous. Her tea was so popular that she was asked to bottle it up and sell it.
Mother Williams was a woman of excellent character who was affectionately known as “Big Kat,” “Granny,” “Nana,” “Nana Kat” and most of all, “Mom.” A comedian in her own right, Mother Williams loved to sing, fish, cook and cheer for her favorite team, the Alabama Crimson Tide. She was a true example of Proverbs 31:28—“Her children will arise up and call her blessed.”
She was preceded in death by four of her sons: Roderick Williams, Willard Coleman, Navonjar Williams and Bishop Hirron Williams.
Mother Williams leaves to celebrate her memory, her children, Jimmy Coleman, Birmingham, AL; Rufus (Minister Pearl) Williams, Ariton, AL; Lula Cole, Elba, AL; Kathryn (Andrew) Daniels, Elba, AL; Beverly Aponte, Ozark, AL; Gloria (Miguel) Encarnacion, Oak Grove, KY; Evangelist Conzuella (Elder Michael) Banks, Enterprise, AL; Randy Williams; and Melanie Newsome, Oak Grove, KY; one daughter-in-law: Apostle Linda Williams; four sisters: Mary Blue, Rhodie Cole, Juanita Coleman and Lula Coleman; four brothers: C.W. (Sharon) Coleman, Elder Sarrlie (Jackie) Coleman, Sr., Bobby Coleman and Jerrie Coleman; one aunt: Vernella Carmichael; one uncle, Sammie Coleman; two sisters-in-law: Evangelist Rosa Coleman and Dr. Ruby Ellison; two brothers-in-law: Robert Williams and Ben Williams; thirty-five grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 32 great-great grandchildren; Goddaughters, Carolyn Caldwell, Faye (Adair) Lee and Wanda Ash; Godsons: Ammie James Johnson, Bill Edwards and Elder Marcus Griffin; three special friends: Dottie Hammonds, Ida Hooks and Nancy Pipkins; her sidekick and puppy, “Maggie;” and a host of adopted grandsons, Mother Board friends, church family, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends whom she cherished and loved.
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