Joyce Edwards Ellington Williamson

Published 6:08 pm Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Joyce Edwards Ellington Williamson, 85, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. She was born Aug. 10, 1935, in Vance County to the late Edwin Clark Ellington Sr. and Rachel Edwards Ellington. Joyce and her husband, the late Jake Williamson, owned and operated Metro Heating and Air Conditioning in Raleigh. She was formerly a member, with her husband Jake, at Beacon Baptist Church, but in recent years they were both active members of Trinity Baptist Church.

Her body will lie in state at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, for those wishing to pay their respects.

A graveside service will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Oakdale Cemetery, 180 E. 15th St., Washington, with Dr. Jeff Roberts officiating.

Surviving are a daughter, Brenda W. Parker and husband Ralph McCrery, of Raleigh; son, Jacob “Jake” A. Williamson Jr. and wife Allie, of Siler City; grandchildren, Mandy Blonk (Gerald) Godwin, Brooke Rivers (Alex), Adam Parker, Leigh Huelsman (Tony), Kyle, Logan, Dylan Williamson; great-grandchildren, Ella, Leah, Nolan, Kate Rivers, Lucas Parker, Caleb Blonk, Landon, Austin, Emerson Huelsman; sisters, Kitty E. Hairfield (Jim Boyette), Carol E. White, both of Ormond Beach, Florida; brothers, Edwin Ellington (Sharon), Harold Ellington (Debbie), both of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Joyce’s family would like to give a special thank you for the care and love given by Valerie Deese — we are forever grateful.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob “Jake” Adolph Williamson Sr. on Oct. 3, 2013.

Joyce loved her Lamplighters Sunday School Class at Trinity Baptist Church, so in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

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