Reverend Henry L. Williams, age 91, was born February 10, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late James and Janie Belser Williams. He was the fourth child out of nine children. He graduated from Immaculata High School in Birmingham in 1948 and later worked with his father in construction. He enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After the military, he furthered his education, receiving an Associates Degree from Booker T. Washington Business College-Birmingham AL; Bachelor of Theology - Birmingham Baptist Bible College and additional theological studies at Samford University; Master of Arts in Counseling, Southern Christian University Montgomery, and a Certificate in Clinical and Pastoral Counseling, Baptist Health Systems. Reverend Williams obtained his general contractors license (GC) in 1962, becoming one of the few black persons in the state to have obtained the license. He helped many people obtain their GC license in this state. He was able to build 26 homes and over 35 churches and commercial building during his lifetime. He sensed a greater calling on his life and accepted the call to the gospel ministry in 1962. Shortly there after he accepted the pastorate at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church where he served for 45 years. During this time he faithfully served as a preacher, teacher and leader, showing God's love through his compassionate spirit to his family and humanity which pushed him to strive for excellence in leadership and service to others. He led the church in spiritual growth, membership, financial and educational development growth. Further, he led the church into a building process that included a new sanctuary and educational facility and later, a Family Life Center that bears his name. He retired from the pastorate in 2007. Following retirement, he united with the Greater Grace Baptist Church and served as assistant pastor and interim pastor and remained very active in the gospel ministry. In the early 1960's he and group of ministers were concerned about other ministers financial well-being and they organized the Birmingham Baptist Ministers Federal Credit Union (BBM) which allowed ministers and their families to save money and loan money for homes, cars and other necessities when other financial institution were not available for people of color. He later served as president for a number of years. He was active in the Birmingham Baptist Minister's Conference, National Baptist Convention USA Inc., the Alabama Missionary Baptist State Convention and taught in the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist District Congress of Christian Education. Cherishing his legacy, devoted wife of 70 years Gracie, daughter Patricia, sons Ronald and Henry Jr.,(Willa) Williams, Birmingham, AL. 3 grand-children and 1 great-grand. The family kindly requests no floral tributes. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to the Greater Grace Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund: 309 20th Ave NE, Center Point, AL 35215. A private celebration of life services will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at the New Mt. Olive Baptist Church. A public viewing is from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. A private burial service will be held later at the National Cemetery, Montevallo, AL. Poole's Funeral Chapels 1501 7th Avenue North Birmingham, AL will be serving the Williams' family. A prerecorded video link of the services will be provided later that afternoon for online viewing.