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Grace Jernigan Williams

February 25, 1916 - July 21, 2020

AHOSKIE, NC – Grace Jernigan Williams, age 104, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mrs. Williams was born on February 25, 1916 to George and Lodema Pennington Jernigan in the Elm Grove area of Bertie County, NC. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend. Grace was one or fourteen children, with seven girls and seven boys. She was the first female to serve on the Ahoskie Town Council in 1965 and on the Board and a chairperson of Social Services from 1977 until 1983. Grace was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Buxton Williams, and her thirteen siblings and other extended family members.

Grace is survived by her daughter, Susan Williams Brooks of Macon, GA; son, John Buxton Williams, III of Decatur, GA; two nieces and one nephew.

There will be a private family graveside service at the Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Jason Villegas officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ahoskie United Methodist Church, PO Box 665, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Williams family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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