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Phyllis F. Williams

03/02/1947 - 10/15/2023


Obituary For Phyllis F. Williams

Life and legacy of Phyllis Featherston Williams

Almighty God in his infinite wisdom, dispatched one of his choice angels to escort our beloved, Phyllis Featherston Williams, from this earthly existence
to eternal life with him.

Phyllis was born in Norfolk, Virginia on the second of March, nineteen hundred and forty-seven. She was the third child and only daughter of the late Deacon Henry Joseph Featherston, Sr. and Dr. Mary Mays Featherston.

Phyllis was reared in Norfolk, Virginia and attended school in the Norfolk Public School System. She receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Norfolk State University and as she continued along the education track, she later received her Master’s Degree from Old Dominion University. She also received a Doctoral Degree of Divinity from Trinity Mission University.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Garland Ronnell Williams, Sr., her eldest brother, Elder Henry Joseph Featherston, Jr., and
his wife, Rosa Featherston.

Phyllis accepted Christ at a very young age and became a faithful member of C. H. Mason Memorial Church of God in Christ church and later, Trinity Faith Centre Church. She honored the Lord with her service as President of the International Women’s Ministry, Evangelist, Sunday School teacher, church treasurer, and worship leader. Phyllis was a steadfast and devoted member of Trinity Faith Centre Church until her last hours.

Mrs. Williams, as she was affectionally known, taught in the Chesapeake Public School System until her retirement in nineteen hundred ninety-nine. After retirement, she continued her love for education by opening a home learning center for children, also known as a daycare. She also taught at the
Chesapeake Adult Education Center.

Phyllis was instrumental in spearheading other learning facilities such as Kujichagulia Academy, Cathedral of Faith Learning Center, and a learning center at Providence Unity Church of Christ in Chesapeake, Va. She was a member of the West Munden Civic League along side her husband where she served selflessly as the secretary for many years. Phyllis also authored two books: The Magic of Trace Minerals and Cell Salt and GarPhyl’s Connection.

Phyllis leaves to cherish her loving memory, her adored children: Garland R. Williams Jr., Ranard P. Williams, Sr. (Sabrina), bonus son LeMans Fuller, and her only daughter Erika Williams; her loving grandchildren: Shantelle Haggins, Shani Williams, Shadae Williams, Erik Johnson, Taniyah Williams, Ashley Williams, Ranard Williams Jr., and Jacob Williams. She also leaves to mourn her brothers: Elder Milton Featherston, Sr. (Leosia), and Bishop Jesse Featherston, Sr. (Jacinta); along with a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws, and other relatives.

A funeral service will be 11:00 am Monday; October 23, 2023 at C.H. Mason Memorial; 744 Goff St; Norfolk, VA 23504. Viewing will be from 3-5pm Sunday at Fitchett-Mann Funeral Services; 1146 Rodgers St, Chesapeake, VA 23324. Burial will be Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery; Suffolk, VA.Please continue to pray for the family.

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C.H. Mason Memorial 744 Goff Street Norfolk, VA 23504 Get Directions »
31 Oct


Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery Suffolk, VA Get Directions »
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  • 10/22/2023

    Sending Condolences and Prayer for the Williams Family...Phyllis was Sweet and Humble and always had that Beautiful Smile when I would see her and she will truly be Miss🕊 From Thaddeus Lewis and Family🙏🏾

  • 10/21/2023

    Condolences to the Williams Family

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    Condolences to the Williams Family

  • 10/21/2023

    Condolences to the Williams Family Robert and Shirley Lawrence and Family

  • 10/19/2023

    To this wonderful family may you cherish all your precious memories . My memories start with our childhood in Westmunden, school, church and community . You have such a great legacy . My prayers are with you .

  • 10/19/2023

    I remember standing in the halls across from each other and sitting in faculty meetings and even us going out to eat with you and Ronnell at times and with other faculty members how much you meant to me .. You were my buddy/my friend and we would look out for each other .. Phyllis I loved you and always will 🩷.. To Garland Renard and Erika you were her life .. She loved you so much and her grandchildren .. I will be praying that God will give you comfort and peace as He holds you in His arms🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾.. 🩷to all of you 🌹🌹🌹🖐🏾

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  • 10/18/2023

    This is such an unbelievable time our family is facing but God already knew what was going to unfold and what we would face 60 days ago. Through all of this we continue to TRUST AND BELIEVE God because He IS faithful. Phyllis and Ronnell are back together again. We continue to pray for Garland, Renard and Erika that God's strength will cover them because I know that is what Phyllis would want for them. She was a praying woman and understood her calling with God. So we don't have to worry about her, God's got her! Our sincere condolences, prayers and love are with the kids and family. Our sister in law will never be forgotten!

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