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Gwendolyn Williams

October 22, 2018
Gwendolyn Williams
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Obituary for Gwendolyn Williams

She is smiling down on…
Her son Donald Perry Meeks Jr., daughter Donna Kaye Jenkins, son in law Sancho Jenkins Sr., grandkids Sancho Jamal Jenkins Jr., Cristian Matthew Jenkins, and Miss Kaylee Nicole Jenkins, and life love Donald Perry Meeks Sr.
Brothers and Sisters: Forest Nichols, Charlie (Ram) Williams Jr., Charlene Williams, Versie Hollingshed, May Ruth Robinson, Calvin Robinson, Barbara Anne Lewis, Sharon Jones, Debbie Ratchford, Calvin Ratchford Extended Children: Lotoya Alexander, Dominque Bowen, Jerry Harrison, Jabel Hendricks, Shekenya Rodgers, Marquis Blakely, Crandall Craigen, Mike Rouse, Darnell Gooch, Justin Stokes, and Shekenya Downey
Many nephews, nieces, and friends.



Her Life…
Gwendolyn (Wendi) Williams was born to the sweet mother Olivia Williams and father Charlie Williams. Wendi’s favorite childhood memories were of taking an apple or two from Mrs. Bates apple tree in the backyard and then running away like the dickens, playing with her little sister Debbie and her dog Ethel; one of her favorite gifts ever. She would play all day long with Nita Petty and Claudette until the porch light came on.
There are countless stories regarding her and her sisters that would make you laugh until you cried. She loves her sisters and when the chips are down their bond is unbreakable. At a young age, Wendi would sing all the time; it was her favorite pastime. She sung everywhere; in the backyard, in neighborhood talent shows and school programs to name a few. Word got around fast, and she really became a popular local celebrity. She was the first family member ever to appear on the big TV screen. At the age of 14 she was on channel 5’s Talent Showcase. Everyone was glued to their TV sets to watch her even her father. Don Meeks missed Tarzan (his favorite TV show at the time) to see his future wife perform! Music was a BIG part of her life. Her mother, (who was extremely protective of her girls) showed love and support of her dreams in music by allowing her at this young age to join a band, play at late night gigs, and record at Stax studios.
She fell in love with Don Meeks and had two wonderfully made children. Although her music career and life on the road was calling her, she chose to pour her life and commitments into God first and her new family. She decided to limit her singing to the church choir. Her children would stand on the bench witnessing all the people that she would move with her singing. After church, they would tell her about all the people that would stand up and shout as she sung praises to God. Her most popular songs that she led were "Jesus, How I Love Calling Your Name" by Shirley Ceasar, "Holding On To My Faith" by the Mississippi Mass Choir and "Touch the Hem of his Garment" by Sam Cooke. She made sure that her children had a firm hold with God. She had them in Sunday school, choir rehearsals, vacation bible school, and more.
She dedicated her life to her family. She instilled essential values such as family connectiveness, being fluid for all situations, keeping a sense of humor, dream BIG, keep moving forward, and staying productive. These are values that she did not just speak on but was also a doer of. In recent years she moved to Atlanta to go to school. During her journey there, she was cast in a new reality show with her son, “Ink, Paper, Scissors” on BET Networks as the voice of wisdom to her conflicted cast members. Aside from that, she worked hard every day in college clinicals making straight A’s at Atlanta Metropolitan College. She was due to finish her degree with Honors in May of 2019. Days ago she was inducted into the National Honor Society of which she would have been so esteemed to discover!
In her life’s travels, she found a love for the beach. She felt so peaceful and worry free there and was amazed by the big ocean, By seeing it, she understood just how powerful God is and that He is in control. Right at the top of the list with her love for her children Donna and DJ, were her grandchildren. She loved being a granny!!! She wanted to be around her grandchildren as much as possible! She has so many hopes for them and just like she poured all of herself into her children, she poured herself into the grands as well. In this, we know her legacy will live on.
Some would say the purpose of life is to leave a legacy behind that is meaningful not just to one’s self, but more-so for the ones that you depart. With her boldness, generous heart & countless sacrifices; in her own unique way, Wendi left a legacy that has taught us all what unconditional love truly means.
If you could sum her up in only one word…Forget About it! You can’t!


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Visitation

Wednesday

31

Oct

2:00 PM 10/31/2018 2:00:00 PM - 2:55 PM 10/31/2018 2:55:00 PM
Brown Missionary Baptist Church (North)

980 Stateline Road
Southaven, MS 38671

Brown Missionary Baptist Church (North)
980 Stateline Road Southaven 38671 MS
United States

Service

Wednesday

31

Oct

3:00 PM 10/31/2018 3:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 10/31/2018 4:00:00 PM
Brown Missionary Baptist Church (North)

980 Stateline Road
Southaven, MS 38671

Brown Missionary Baptist Church (North)
980 Stateline Road Southaven 38671 MS
United States
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