Biography: Reverend Ruby Mae White-Williams was born to the parents of Lemuel Arthur White and Ollie Shuler White on August 21, 1922 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Reverend Williams was the fifth child of eight children. At an early age, she joined her family church, Forest Chapel United Methodist Church. At the church she attended Sunday School , sang in the choir and served on the Usher Board.
At the age of sixteen she received the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior. She attended Orangeburg Public School System in South Carolina and graduated from Bowman High School, located in Orangeburg County in 1940.
She met her late husband, Leon Williams, in South Carolina. Later, she relocated to New York City where they were married in New Jersey. In 1943 Reverend Williams became a member of Emanuel A.M.E. Church under the leadership of the Reverend A. Chester Clark.
At Emanuel A.M.E. Church, she served on the following boards: Usher Board #3, the Gospel Choir, Junior and Senior Steward Board, Missionary Department, Class Leader and also was Pastor of the Junior Church for a short length of time.
In her professional life, she worked for the Board of Education, and the Bureau of Child Support Department for the City of New York for over twenty years.
Reverend Williams was called by God into ministry service in August of 1968. She attended the A.M.E. Institute and also attended Manhattan Bible Institute under the leadership of Dr. Boyce. She was ordained as a Local Elder by Bishop Richard Allen Hildebrand in 1977. She served as an assistant minister, she communed the sick and shut-in at home, the hospital and wherever else she was needed.
On Monday, July 15, 2019, Reverend Williams peacefully slept away into eternal rest. Loved ones whom preceded her in death are: her husband Leon Williams, her daughter Patricia Ann Williams, her son John L. Williams, her brother Willie Lee White of Orangeburg, South Carolina and her sister Rose Lee Myers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her son Ernest Williams, two granddaughters, Daina and Nicole Williams; one great-grandson Tundji, a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Reverend Williams enjoyed her life to the fullest, taking care of her family and friends when needed, she will be greatly missed.