Nedra Smith Williams


Mrs. Nedra Smith Williams, 77, a lifelong resident of Tangier Island, was reunited with her beloved husband, Barry Morton Williams Sr., and son, Edwin Smith “Eddie” Williams, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Born Jan. 18, 1942, on Tangier, she was a daughter of the late Norman Smith and Helen Moore Smith.

Mrs. Williams was an active lifelong member of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served on the board, sang in the choir, and happily volunteered in any capacity when needed. In addition to her involvement within the church, she faithfully devoted her life in service to her Lord and Savior through the women’s prayer band, the women’s society, and in the many ways she selflessly gave within her community. Mrs. Williams loved to share her passion for cooking with any and all. For more than 40 years, she worked as the cafeteria manager at Tangier Combined School and never visited a friend or neighbor without fudge or brownies in hand. Mrs. Williams was a people person who graciously spread her joy, warmth, and happiness wherever she went. Her legacy of faith and giving will be forever remembered in the hearts of the countless lives she touched.

Survivors include her loving children, Barry Morton Williams Jr., of Tangier, and Angela Williams Parks and husband, Harry “Duke,” of Clayton, N.C.; grandchildren, Dillon Smith Parks, Alexis Paige Parks, Samantha Marsh and husband, Scottie, and Charlie Williams; great-grandchildren, Carter, Cohen, and Callie Marsh; daughter-in-law, Caroline Williams; and several nieces and nephews, including Mary Crockett and Dawn Hilton, with whom she shared a special bond. In addition to her husband, son, and parents, she was predeceased her siblings, Angela Davis and Ed, Jack, and Norman Smith.

A memorial service will be held at Swain Memorial United Methodist Church. The date and time will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Williams’ memory may be made to the Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 199, Tangier, VA 23440.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams Funeral Homes, Onancock and Parksley.
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