On August 4, 1957 a lady, Queen Sherron DeNell Williams, was born to Elder Joseph Robert Williams and Missionary Gladys Williams in Dallas, Texas. For six or seven years, Elder and Sis. Williams did not have children. This beautiful baby was one of twelve miracle children born after Bishop C.H. Mason prayed that she would have children. She matriculated through Dallas Public Schools and furthered her education by earning certification in Office Management. She transitioned to eternity Sunday, November 8, 2020 with her daughter Kina, who accompanied to Baylor Hospital, at her side.
From a child she had a sweet spirit. She demonstrated that even after she was burned with 3rd degree burns over fifty percent of her body, had to stay months in the hospital while her body was reconstructed with skin grafts and even more months after she returned home. While young Nell, as she was affectionately called, was a Sunday School secretary at the Carver Heights #1 (Open Door) Church where her dad was pastor. She loved to sing and was a member of the choir. Later she became a member of the famous Texas Northeast Gospel Ensemble under the direction of Madam Annie Los Hogan. She was quietly noble but like some, she had a prodigal experience. However, when she came to know Jesus Christ for herself and was filled with the precious Holy Ghost, she experienced a joy beyond words. After as she said, “receiving the old fashioned solid teaching,” she was all in and has left a legacy as a profound counselor, confessor, champion, mentor, and faith leader.
All in to serve. She served as one of the church’s personal secretaries to the pastor and under the leadership of her brother, Pastor Williams, she proudly contributed to the life of The Historic Open Door church family as a studios Sunday School teacher. She has also served in the following roles: New Horizon District Hospitality President under the leadership of Supt. Lee M. Stern, Aide to First Lady Clara Clerkly, member of the jail outreach team, and Coordinator for the Empowering Women’s Ministry under the leadership of Supt. Michael Clerkley; Adjutant Sister to Texas Northeast Supervisor Mother Freddye Carter and Mother Pia Williams and was recently appointed Adjutant Sister and Prayer and Bible Band President of North Dallas District Women’s Dept. under the leadership of Supt. Victor Dupree.
All in to be powerfully used by God outside the wall was a high point. Evangelist Williams worked with Higher Calling Ministry at the Gatesville Correctional Facility as well as street ministry. Prior to one service, the team distributed flyers door to door and when she prayed for one woman, she was slain in the Spirit on the street. In another service (corner of 52nd and Lancaster), she had to take over due to the sudden laryngitis of her sister. After she finished, some who had only listened in breezeways came to the tent with their hands up and tears running down her faces. She led them to the Lord. She was a founding member of The Center for African American Church History and Research, Inc. as Exhibits Coordinator.
She was fun. She worked for 22 years at Personalized Communication and her honors reflected her dedication to a life of excellence. But Nell was a cut up and made you laugh without thinking about it. Whether it was making those delicious potato salads when the church sold fish dinners and joking that we were going to lose orders if we were late or helping her mother host the Texas Northeast Mother’s Board she brought laughter to the party. For years, younger family members enjoyed her company – going into her room for snacks or even when she would take off her job to keep them when their parents vacationed. And please don’t get in her way when her beloved Dallas Cowboys were playing!
Her family roots were undeniable but she was an inspiration to so many. A huge part of her legacy is her love. She loved Broderick, Kina, Lawrence, her grands, and family members so much, but she also made room in her heart for so many others. Although she was a stickler for teaching that when you are saved, live saved and act saved, her corrections were motivated by love. Her love made each individual feel that they were her favorite.
She joins those who preceded her: dad, Elder Joseph Williams; youngest brother, Norman; oldest brother, Samuel, Sr.; mother, Missionary Gladys Williams. This matriarch is survived by: her oldest son, Broderick (Shayonia) of Red Oak, daughter, Kina of Lancaster, and youngest son, Lawrence of Dallas; her grandchildren, Breonna, Broderick II, Courtney, Bailey, and Blake; her siblings, Victoria, Akintunde, Glenda, Paul (Ruby), Robert (Margaret), Herman (Viana), Sherman, and Judith; her nieces, nephews and cousins; her oldest sister-in-law, Charlotte Williams; her aunt, Carmon Alexander, her best friend of over 40 years Janet Chambers; The Historic Open Door church family, her church “pew buddy” Brother George Jones; a host of other relatives and friends.
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