Minnie Lucile Williams
Minnie Lucile Wynn Williams, an educator who had a loving and generous heart, transitioned to heaven on August 8, 2014, in Tallahassee, at the golden age of 96, while surrounded by her children.She was born in Apalachicola, FL, on February 14, 1918, the first of five children and only daughter of George H. and Maude T. Wynn.
In Apalachicola, she received her early Christian training in her family's churches, Mount Zion Missionary Bapitst Church and Saint Paul A.M.E. Church. She received her early education at Dunbar School in Apalachicola and Stevens High School in Quincy.In 1933 she moved to Tallahassee and attended Lincoln High School from which she graduated. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Florida A and M University and her Specialist in Education degree from Florida State University.
Lucile joined Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Tallahassee, in 1933 where she served in many roles and made many contributions, including to Baptist Training Union, Bethel Christian Academy and Steele-Collins Middle School.
Lucile's career in education spanned over 40 years, during which times she taught in Gulf, Wakulla, Franklin, Madison and Leon counties.In Leon County, she taught at several schools including Bond School, where she also served as assistant to the principal and later as principal. She also served as Leon County Summer Head Start Director, Curriculum Coordinator and Coordinator of Elementary Education for Leon County.
Over the years, Lucile received great joy serving in many educational and community organizations, including The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Association of Childhood Education, National Association of University Women, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Leon-Wakulla retired Educators Association, Advisory Board of the B.L. Perry Branch Library, Florida A and M Subdivision Neighborhood Association, Bond Community Health Center, PTAs, Boy Scouts, as well as Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Kappa educational Societies.She has received many community honors, including having her name as part of the Smith-Williams Service Center. She was faithful member of the FAMU Alumni Association and a Rattler fan.
Lucile had a passion for "Opening the doors of opportunity of others" and "being her brother's keeper".
She was dedicated on the education of children. She also enjoyed traveling, doing historical preservation, family genealogy, working crossword puzzles, and planting seeds.
She is survived by her children, Dr. Ronald L. Williams, Dr. Roselyn E. Williams and Desmond Michael Jones, Tallahassee, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers George, Thomas, Richard and Howard Wynn, her first cousin and "sister", Maude T. Greene, and her ex-husband, Robert Williams.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Friday, August 15, 2014 at Strong & Jones Chapel. The celebration of her life service will be held on Saturday August 16, 2014, at 2:00 PM, at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Doctor R. B. Holmes, Jr. Pastor, with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Bethel Christian Academy, (850) 222-8440, or a youth educational scholarship fund of your choice.
Strong and Jones Funeral Home
551 West Carolina Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 14, 2014