Ethel Julia Williams was born October 23rd, 1940 to the late John Henry Williams and Corean Cannon-Williams in Montevallo, Alabama.
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Even though she wasn’t a member of any church she still knew the word of God and the Lord as her healer and savior.
After graduating from High School, she journeyed to better her career and migrated to New York City in 1963. She located to Brooklyn, NY where she found herself surrounded by a group of women that would later be considered her second family. Esther, Doris, Thelma, Jean, Louis, Ronda, Evelyn, Ida, and Juanita (The 128 Crew). Ethel and Joe met in 1968 and remained intertwined. Officially entering in holy matrimony in December of 2017 (an ongoing joke amongst family and friends) She started her career at the Human Resources Center as an administrative assistant where she dedicated 25 Years of service. Ethel loved cooking and trying new dishes she saw on the cooking channel. She also loved a good slot machine. Ethel enjoyed reading especially on her kindle she owned two (lol)
Ethel departed this life May 23rd, 2019 at her home in Jamaica, New York.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories; Her husband Jonathan Gavin, Her daughter Kim Gooden (Brandon Gooden SR) Her son Kendrick Gavin. Her Granddaughter Tyshenia Gavin and Grandson Brandon Gooden JR, Three Special Nieces that she acknowledges as her daughters Elander Williams, Andrea Stephens, and Carol (Donald) Smith. Four Sisters Callie Harris of Akron, OH., Annie Williams of Montevallo, AL., Doreen (Ernest) McCormick of Birmingham, AL., & Lula (Rodney) Sheppard of Brent, AL. Four Brothers Johnny (Edith) Williams of Cincinnati, OH, J.C. (Myra) Williams of Bessemer, AL Earnest (Virginia) Williams of Montevallo, AL, and Jimmy (Cornelia) Williams of Warrior, AL., One Aunt, Flora (Charlie) Rutledge of Los Angeles, CA. One Brother-in-law Richard Gavin of Brooklyn, NY. A Great Grand-Dog Kash Money Gavin. Beloved by a great host of nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, relatives & friends.
A Poem for Ethel Julia
Whenever we needed someone to understand
You were there to listen and hold our hands
We think about the old days wanting them back
When we were happy and full of laughter
Remembering is easy, we do it everyday
But missing you is a heartache that never goes away
All of us, do the best we can
But it will never be the same
We can’t tell you how often we all still speak your name
But we remember now in love
Your life from start to end
And we’re just glad we knew you as
Mother, Grandmother and as a friend
- Tyshenia (Granddaughter)