Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14
God in His Infinite Wisdom so willed for the earthly life of Carol Maddox Williams, born to the late Grady and Eddie Mae Weaver Maddox, to begin December 1, 1937, in Barnesville, Georgia. She eagerly and excitedly awaited and announced her birthday, especially this year as she was grateful to approach her 84th Birthday. Days later, as the recorded service of Mount Moriah played with the choir singing “Emmanuel” and her family stood and prayed by her side, she made her triumphant transition. A life well-lived ended December 24, 2021.
The Essence of Carol Maddox Williams life is love. Her life epitomized the 1 Corinthians 13 definition of love. She loved God, she loved herself, and her Agape love was reflected in her relationship with her pastor and church and her family and friends. She loved the Lord her God with all her heart and soul and her mind. Her response to this command of Jesus was the guiding principle in all she did.
She was a strong woman who took pride in herself, her work, and her appearance. She saw her work as her calling and did heartily as to the Lord. She was elated to work in the restaurant in Hudson’s Department Store downtown Detroit, Michigan. She transferred this experience to Georgia and was delighted to work in the hotel industry with the Hilton, Radisson and Marriott corporations. She received numerous awards and commendations for her outstanding service.
Throughout the years of her life, she remained abreast of the fashion of each era and dressed appropriately. She was a leader of style among her family and friends and often gave lessons on what to wear and what not to wear. Because she saw value in looking her best no matter where she was going, she meticulously prepared in advance her attire for each occasion and event she was attending.
She was a proud member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church. She wholeheartedly supported her Pastor and the Church. She served with gladness as an usher of the church and as a member of the Pastor’s Support Ministry and was especially honored to be a member of the Installation Committee for the church’s new pastor. She faithfully attended Sunday worship services, Sunday School, and any event of the church. She felt it was her duty to be at Mount Moriah for everything the church did. She recently joined and sang in the choir. She enjoyed traveling with the church’s Travel Ministry.
She embraced the work of ministry and was an active servant with the Middle Georgia Association of Clergy Women. She was honored by the Ministry for her dedication to Community Service. She was always filled with joy to attend her meetings with the M.A. Richardson Club and to host the club at her time to do so.
She met and fell in love with Samuel Williams of Macon. Together, they made Detroit, Michigan, where they were united in holy matrimony, their home. They shared a beautiful home and life in Detroit with her youngest son, Darryl and came home to Georgia for summer visits from 1963 until 1998 when they returned to Macon to spend their latter years. They both were pillars of the community and were highly respected by the Middle Street neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband Samuel Williams and her son Darryl McGee.
Carol Maddox Williams became the matriarch of her family. Her sons and grandchildren depended on her and cared for her; her younger sisters and brother loved and admired her; her nephews and nieces respected and valued her, and she was proud of each of them and often shared stories about her family. She appreciated family gatherings when she and her sisters would reflect upon their childhood memories. She also cherished times with the Williams Family, who she loved very much.
She will forever live in the hearts of her beloved family – her son, Michael (Mia) McGee, Barnesville; her daughter, Annette Williams Smith, Atlanta; her devoted sister and caregiver Gwendolyn (Horace) Hightower, Barnesville; her sisters Jeanette Maddox (Charles) Brown, Lexington, South Carolina; Linda S. Maddox, Atlanta; Vernordia Studstill, College Park; her brother, Arthur (Charlene) Maddox, Atlanta; her sisters-in-law Lucille Maddox, Arverne, New York and Earnestine Williams Hudson, Macon; her brother-in-law Marion (Osie) Williams, Bonaire; her grandchildren, Charles (Crystal) Smith, Joshua Smith, Kenya Farley, MiKyle McGee, Darryl McGee, Jr., Cortez Lattimore, Amelia McGee, Deandra McGee, and Devin McGee; 11 great grandchildren; her aunt Leola Weaver, New York City, New York; her nieces, her nephews, her cousins, and her many friends.
Visitation was held Wednesday, Dec. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 31 at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 2789 Millerfield Road, Macon, Georgia. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Trice Funeral Home Inc. of Barnesville is in charge of all professional services.