Johnetta Sullivan Williams entered into eternal rest from her labor on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Augusta University Hospital. She was born on Dec. 5, 1948, to EllaBert and John Sullivan.
Johnetta attended Ralph J. Bunche School in Woodbine for her primary through secondary education. Graduating in 1967 ranked third in her class, she was soon to embark on the next chapter moving to Augusta to attend Paine College where she received training that would propel her into her 35-plus-year dedication to the youth of the greater Augusta area.
She retired from the Richmond County school system in 2005 after 35 years of shining her warming heart on the lives of all those whom she came across from students to educators. This was not however the end of a journey but rather the widening of a path to give more time and support to the various spiritual, social, civic and community outreach programs that she was deeply passionate about.
A sense of faith and spirituality were instilled at an early age at Wesley Chapel Methodist and Hamilton Chapel Methodist churches in Woodbine. The latter church named in memory of her great-grandfather and grandfather: Hamilton Sullivan.
At the core of Johnetta’s steadfastness was her loving church home, St. Marks United Methodist, where she became a faithful member in 1970 and served in many roles including certified lay leader and teacher through the children’s ministry, until her health failed, for more than 50 years.
Preceding her to glory are her parents, John and EllaBert Sullivan; one brother, Daniel L. Sullivan Sr.; one sister, Alexina Sullivan Cohen; and her husband, Bennie Williams, whom she was given her most precious treasures, two sons, the late Byron Maurice Williams and Bradford Stewart Williams.
Johnetta ascends on to the Father leaving one loving son, Bradford Stewart Williams; two sisters Marward (T.C.) Sullivan-Taylor, Perris, Calif., and Lounita Sullivan-Armstrong of Woodbine; one brother, Hamilton M.Sullivan; a truly cherished grandson, Braylen Maurice Williams; godchildren, Houston Trotty, Jasmine Wilkins and Mueller Johnson; sister-in-law, Barbara D. Sullivan; a number of loving, caring and supportive nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; and a very special friend in Robert Trotty Sr.
Johnetta loved her church, family and sports. She will be fondly remembered for her smile and loving spirit. She never met a stranger. She was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Johnetta’s strong “faith and fight” strength to endure are admirable. She never gave in, nor did she give out. She stood the test. She forever continued to stand on God’s promises.
Favorite scripture: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” So as long as there was breath in this clay vessel, Johnetta will continue to take her Escalade and roll and stroll with her master ordering her steps until the death angels gave her wings for her final flight to Heaven. She reminded all of us to behave.
Celebration of life services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Hamilton Chapel United Methodist Church, 208 E. Eighth St. in Woodbine.