Dorothy Williams Obituary
May 9, 2023
Dorothy D. Williams was born on April 2, 1934, in Bay Springs, Mississippi. to the union of Adell and Ora D. Payton. She received her formal education in Bay Springs and completed two years of college at Alcorn State University in Alcorn, Mississippi. Dorothy moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue better and more excellent opportunities. While in Chicago, she met her handsome husband, Bennie L. Williams. They were married on July 7, 1957, and two beautiful children were born into this union, Barry and Janice. Dorothy had a terrific work ethic and was an exemplary employee in any job. However, her most rewarding career was when she worked for Blue Cross & Blue Shield, retiring after more than thirty years of dedicated service. Dorothy accepted Christ in her early years. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and later joined First Corinthians under the leadership of Bishop Clause E. Tears, where she served on the Usher Board for fifty years. After the passing of her husband, Dorothy joined Jesus Is Lord Life Center, where her daughter was a member, under the leadership of the late Pastor Carl D. Bryant and now Pastor Cynthia D. Bryant. Dorothy was a sweet, mild, and gentle woman. Her greatest passion was cooking for her family, especially Sunday evening meals. She wasn't a person of many words; she had a soft voice but would pray like an angel. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Bennie, son Barry, both of her parents, Adell and Ora, and three brothers, Bob, L. C. , and Mickey. On April 27, 2023, Dorothy went home to be with her Lord. She leaves to cherish her loving memory a daughter Janice Byther (Darrell): two granddaughters, Nikia and Natasha: three grandsons, Joshua, Jonathan, and Brandon: nine great-grandchildren, Heaven, Nikiah, Noah, Morgan, Zayden, Ziyah, Bailey, Bradley, and Nadia: two brothers, George (Verde) Payton, and Eddie D. Payten: two sisters, Reverend Mary A. Grant and Mary Helen Ratcliff (Milton): two godsons, Terrill Tyler and Eddie "Tadpole" Strong: many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law on the Williams side: and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.