Grace Marie Parker Williams, age 82, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Hospice Wendover. Born in Burke County on November 14, 1931, she was the daughter of the late B. H. and Faye Hasting Parker Crowe. She was an active member at Sandy Plains Baptist Church. She enjoyed working with the GA’s, singing in the choir, and being known around the church as the “cake lady” for the annual BBQ. Grace was a graduate from Cleveland Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She practiced nursing her entire working career in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. She was known as one of the best. She was active in Eastern Star, Shelby Chapter #110, as a Past Worthy Matron, and an active member of the American Business Women’s Association. She loved to travel locally and abroad. She loved painting canvases and her Santa Claus collection. She taught knitting and crocheting classes. In addition to her parents, Grace is preceded in death by her sons, Joel Dean Williams, Alvin Ronald Williams, and Brady Donald Williams; a sister, Prue Parker Yelton and husband J.E.; and a brother, Luther Stephen Parker.
Grace is survived by her husband of 66 years, William “Billy” Williams; a daughter, Debbie Wall and husband Frank of Shelby; granddaughter, Holly Poynter and husband Matt of Shelby; grandson, Gabe Wall and wife Debbie of Midlothian, Va.; a sister, Louise Whitaker of Anderson, SC; sister-in-law, Carolyn Parker of Lincolnton; five great-grandchildren, Aiden, Dylan, Reagan, Rylin, and Cameron; and also numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Sandy Plains Baptist Church at 11:00 am with Rev. Garin Hill and Dr. Don McSwain officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, an hour before the service.
Memorials can be made to Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2112 New House Road Shelby NC 28150, Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville SC 29605 or Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150
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Cecil M Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family