Beverly Rose Williams, 64, transitioned into eternal life at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God and the love and prayers of family, friends and many supporters carried her through her struggle with esophageal cancer.
Beverly was born Aug. 16, 1953, to Andrew Hale and Ollie Williams-Hale in West Memphis, Ark. She attended Danville Schools and was a graduate of Danville High School in 1972.
Beverly professed the Lord at an early age. She worked faithfully as a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where she was president of the Barber Singing Angels and director of Lily of the Valley Choir. She also was head of the Culinary Ministry and made sure the Sunday School youth had a hot breakfast before Sunday services.
Beverly was a "people person" with an infectious spirit who never met a stranger. She loved cooking, singing, listening to music and shopping. She was known for hosting large gatherings for family and friends and making delicious meals from scratch.
Beverly had a true servant's heart. She began her career in caring for others at the age of 14 working as a candy striper at Lakeview Memorial Hospital. This carried out throughout her life as she began her career working at the VA Illiana Health Care System, where she worked for 29 years. Beverly retired from the VA on Jan. 31, 2017. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant and then transferred to the Rehab Medical Department as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
Beverly was a dedicated employee who rarely missed a day of work. She displayed a good work ethic and enjoyed serving the veterans.
Beverly leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her legacy one son, who was her pride and joy, Glennie Watson Jr. III, of Danville; mother, Ollie Hale of Danville; grandchildren, Alexus and Tyran Watson; great-grandchildren, Bryce and Kamrei Watson, both of Saginaw, Mich.; five sisters, Pat Hale-Lomax, M. Jean Hale of Danville, Joyce Dudley, Barnale (Douglas) Walker and Melissa Hale of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Kenny (Kim) Hale of Nashville, Tenn., and Arthur (Tammy) Hale of Danville; a special god-daughter, Shawnita Brown; and special friend, Robert "Butch" Phillips.
She was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Hale; brother, Matthew Hale; grandmothers, Emma Reed, Viola Pauline Williams and Mittie B. Hale; grandfathers, Arthur L. Williams and Joshua Hale.
Funeral services for Beverly Williams commence at noon, Thursday Sept. 21, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until the start of the service. Officiating: Pastor Lucius Barber. Visitation also will be 1-5 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 311 N. Collett St. Interment will be at Spring Hill Cemetery. Leek & Sons Funeral Home, Danville, is assisting the family.
Condolences may be sent to www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 18, 2017