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Jimmie Ruth Carden Williams

Jimmie Ruth Carden Williams passed away at her home following a brief illness. Born June 14, 1929 in Hatley, GA, she was the youngest daughter of James Martin and Lula Alice Musselwhite. She was predeceased by her husband, W.H. Williams, and her siblings, Van Rowland Carden, Sam Carden, Violet Carden Owen, Mary Carden Mitchell, Pansy Carden Briggs, Max Carden and Tom Carden. Beginning school at 5, she graduated at 16 from Pitts High School. A school teacher for over 30 years, she had degrees from Andrew College and the University of Georgia, and several post-graduate degrees from Georgia Southwestern College. Following her retirement from Crisp County School System, she worked with the Census Department and excelled in extracting information from reluctant interviewees. She later had a third career selling real estate. A long time member at various times of both the Cordele Symphony Club and the Cordele Fine Arts Club, she was well known for her love of music and her willingness to graciously share her talent of singing. Many Cordele/Crisp County weddings and funerals were enhanced by her singing. A life long Methodist, she was the first woman on the Board of Stewards of the Cordele First United Methodist Church. At her death, she was a member of Midway United Methodist Church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Wesleyan Service Guild, the DAR, Alpha Delta Kappa and the Midway Homemakers Club. One of the founding members and first president of the Crisp County Historical Society, she was the driving force for the Crisp County’s History in Pictures and Stories. She collected, complied and edited the family histories that comprised this historic book. Her love of travel was well known as was her adoration of her grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Vaneesa Williams Little and her husband, Allan and Colon H. Williams and his wife, Trina; her grandchildren, Ivy Williams Pierce and her husband, David and Colon Hiram “Hyke” Williams, Jr.; her sister, Sarah Carden Summers; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be private at her request. The family will receive friends at the Williams residence at 1109 Stewart Avenue, Cordele Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Midway United Methodist Church, 108 East 13th Ave., Cordele, GA. 31015, or Reflections Hospice, 202 East 4th Ave., Cordele, GA. 31015.  Arrangements are by Rainey Family Funeral Services. An online guestbook is available at www.raineyfuneral.com.