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Virginia Smith Williams
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Virginia Smith Williams, 206 West James Street, Mount Olive, was born October 17, 1930 to parents, Robert F. Smith and Lorena Perry Smith in Mount Olive, N.C. She passed away November 25, 2017 at home.

Virginia attended Mount Olive Elementary School and Mount Olive High School, and graduated cum laude from Wake Forest College in 1952. She attended graduate school, earning a degree in Exceptional Children's Education. She taught in the Wayne and Duplin County schools for 29 years, retiring in 1991.

She and her husband, Clyde A. Williams were married in 1952, and resided in Mount Olive all their lives, he being the owner of Clyde Williams Chevrolet, Inc. until he sold the business in 1984.

Virginia was very active in the Mount Olive Presbyterian Church all her life, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and serving on many committees. She was a member of and officer of the Twentieth Century Club (literary), Mount Olive Travel Club, the Carolina Patriots DAR Chapter, the Red Hat Club, the Southern Wayne Country Club, and Goldsboro Country Club. Her favorite charity was the Duke Cancer Center, having survived three forms of cancer with their treatment.

She is survived by her daughters, Molly W. Holler of Goldsboro, N.C., and Laura W. Fairman and husband, Donald C. Fairman, of Winter Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Nicholas W. Fairman and Katheryn B. Fairman of Fla.; and nephews, Frank Wilson and Matt Wilson.

Special thanks is extended to caregivers Denise Prince, Fran Moore, Lauren Moore, Dean Coates, and Elsie Swinson, for their untiring care and support.

Memorial donations may be made to Duke University Cancer Center, Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Development, DUMC 3828, Durham, NC 27710.

The life of Mrs. Virginia Williams will be celebrated in a graveside service to be held Wednesday, November 29, at 2 p.m. in the Maplewood Cemetery, Mount Olive. Her pastor, the Rev. Steven Wicks will officiate.


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