Grace Jernigan Williams

February 25, 1916 - July 21, 2020

02/25/1916 - 07/21/2020

AHOSKIE, NC – Grace Jernigan Williams, age 104, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mrs. Williams was born on February 25, 1916 to George and Lodema Pennington Jernigan in the Elm Grove area of Bertie County, NC. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend. Grace was one or fourteen children, with seven girls and seven boys. She was the first female to serve on the Ahoskie Town Council in 1965 and on the Board and a chairperson of Social Services from 1977 until 1983. Grace was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Buxton Williams, and her thirteen siblings and other extended family members.

Grace is survived by her daughter, Susan Williams Brooks of Macon, GA; son, John Buxton Williams, III of Decatur, GA; two nieces and one nephew.

There will be a private family graveside service at the Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Jason Villegas officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ahoskie United Methodist Church, PO Box 665, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Williams family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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Dianne Tinkham Evans
3 years ago

Susan, So sorry to read of your mom’s passing. We wish we could keep them forever. My prayers for you.

Bennett Williams
3 years ago

John and Susan
Very sorry to hear about your mom.
Was always one of my most admired women and always a great friend to my mom for many years.

Jo Ann Hart
3 years ago

Susan, I am so sorry for your loss! I felt that I knew your mom based on our many years of friendship! What I do know from knowing you is that she was a beautiful soul and she raised a wonderful daughter. You and your family are most certainly in my prayers. Much love!

Terri Pritchard Powers
3 years ago

Susan, I am sorry for your loss. You were a devoted daughter who cared deeply for your Mom. Take care and cherish the many years you had with your Mom.

Kay Cason
3 years ago

Susan, thank you for sharing “Miss” Grace with me. Even though we never met, I felt as if I knew her. Cherish all the years you had with her! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Bill Early
3 years ago

Susan and Buxton. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I loved Grace dearly and lost contact with her over the years. Growing up I enjoyed many times visiting for dinner, enjoying her playing the organ and her laughter. I will always remember her taking me to a carnival and almost loosing her wig on one of the rides. She laughed about that for years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.