Ms. Mattie Vivian Hill Williams

  • Born: August 10, 1928
  • Died: August 27, 2021
  • Location: Micro, North Carolina

Sanders Funeral Home

806 E Market St
Smithfield, NC 27577

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Tel. (919) 934-8416

Tribute & Message From The Family


Vivian H. Williams was the youngest of seven children born to Rev. Winfred Steward Hill and Mattie Harvey Hill. She was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on August 10, 1928, Sunset August 27, 2021. Vivian always loved being in the church. As the story goes, she as a young child would hold her own church service singing and preaching.
She met her lifelong partner, Bennie Williams, through an interesting path. She knew Bennie's parents before meeting him but once they met, they did not part.
Educated at the P.W. Moore High School in Elizabeth City, Vivian and Bennie were taught by her oldest sister, Minnie H. McClease whom she took care of for 13 years before passing. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elizabeth City State University with B.A. in Education. Vivian and Bennie were lifetime Alumni Members at Elizabeth City State University. Vivian taught school in Halifax and Johnston Counties for a combined 36 years. She thoroughly enjoyed working with children. Vivian's dedication to her students and education was witnessed as a member of the "Grade Mother's" group. Vivian would wash clothes for kids to wear at school who were less fortunate. Bennie, Vivian's second born, had a classmate that smelled of urine every day. She would have fresh pants and a shirt for him to wash up and put on, unbeknownst to us, he had to share the bed with 4 younger siblings.
Vivian volunteered at First Missionary Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, on the Deaconess Board and as church secretary. She enjoyed working with the church in different aspects while trying to live a life that God had ordered.
Vivian was a lifetime member of the NAACP and was a Charter member of the Johnston County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was a member from 1960 until her passing.
Vivian was a member of Lily of the Valley Chapter #53, OES Chapter Auxiliary of Prince Hall Grand Lodge, from 1963 until her passing.
Vivian was a member of Mizpah Court # 79 Imperial Court of Daughters Auxiliary of the A.E.A.O.N.M.S, Inc. from 1971 until her passing.
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie L. Williams, Sr. They were married for 65 years. She is survived by her daughter, Ms. Barbara J. Williams and her son, Bennie L. Williams Jr. of Winston Salem, and one grandson, Bennie L. Williams III also of Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Visitation:
Saturday, September 04
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Missionary Baptist Church
500 South Pollock Street
Selma, NC 27576

Funeral Service:
Saturday, September 04
11:00 AM
First Missionary Baptist Church
500 South Pollock Street
Selma, NC 27576

Interment:
Thursday, September 09
12:00 PM
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
8220 Bragg Blvd.
Fort Bragg, NC 28310


Services


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to you Bennie and the family of Ms. Williams. I remember her as a very kind lady. She was my first grade teacher. I thank God for her. Thinking of her always blesses my heart.
May the love of God strengthen you in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Pastor Larry Richardson Sr. - Garner, NC - Student   September 04, 2021

I believe Ms. Williams was my third grade teacher. I haven't seen her in nearly 60 years, but I recognized her photo.

Benny, I remember you as well. May you find comfort during this time as God strengthens your heart.

Posted by Robert O'Neal - ZEBULON, NC - Student   September 03, 2021

The SSS Class of 1972 send our deepest sympathy to Bennie Williams and family.May God give you all strength during your time of sorrow.

Posted by Linda Rowland-Daniels - Raleigh, NC - Classmate   September 02, 2021

Ms. Williams was such a sweet, kind person. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Arlean Brooks - Clayton, NC - Friend   September 02, 2021

Ms.Williams was a very special lady. She was a great educator who represented her profession well.she encouraged her students to do well not just in the classroom but also in life. Ms.Williams touched many lives within the Johnston County school community.
Sending heartfelt condolences to her family may you be comforted in her absence.

Posted by Alice Moore-Fowler - Raleigh, NC - Family Friend   September 02, 2021

Auntie i will miss your sweet spirit. Always the same, so full of love. I will hold tight to the beautiful memories. REST IN HEAVEN my sweet auntie.

Posted by Peggy Ameris - Family   September 01, 2021

A great lady will be missed and yet remembered.

Posted by Pastor Rickey L Simms - Woodford, VA - Acquaintance   September 01, 2021

Rest In Peace Sweet Lady will always remember that love you had for your students

Posted by Linda Terry - Kenly, NC   August 31, 2021

Will surely miss the great woman.Allways had kind words when I talked to her.Resting in Heaven now with her husband Mr. Bennie Williams.

Posted by Shirley Pope- Speight - Wilson, NC - Family Friend   August 30, 2021

Will surely miss the great woman.Allways had kind words when I talked to her.Resting in Heaven now with her husband Mr. Bennie Williams.

Posted by Shirley Pope- Speight - Wilson, NC - Family Friend   August 30, 2021

I was sadden to hear about the passing of your dear mother. She was a loving Christian Woman. Remover earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal. I pray God will comfort you during these difficult times.

Posted by Rev. Johnny Woodhouse - Selma, NC - Family Friend   August 29, 2021