"To everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to keep and a time to cast away.." Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
Berthel Mariah Blakney (Sis) was born in Lee County, South Carolina on July 28, 1921 to the late Ruby and Sam Blakney. She received her early education in the Darlington County , South Carolina public school system. She left the school system in the tenth grade to care for her mother and her grandfather. Later, she attended night school to earn her GED. She was determined to provide a solid foundation for her children and push them to excel. She wanted to make sure that she always practiced what she preached.
Berthel was a Christian in all aspects of her life. She attended Mt. Beulah United Methodist Church. After marring the late Willie Douglas Williams, she became a member of Kellybell United Methodist Church . While there, she attended lay speaking school. She became a lay speaker for the church. She also provided children's sermons and spoke at various programs. She was past president of the United Methodist Women and Mother of the church,
Berthel not only dedicated her life to her family but also provided leadership and Godliness throughout the community. She was affiliated with several ladies auxiliaries, including the Household of Ruth in Hartsville, Northside Garden Club, Essie F. Harllee Assembly #5 Order of the Golden Circle Past Loyal Lady Ruler, NAACP and Past Associate Matron of the Mt. Beulah Order of the
Eastern Star #238. She served 60 years in the Eastern Stars and was one of the charter members. She received several accolades and acknowledgements throughout the years and was a dedicated servant to all organizations until her health declined.
Berthel loved to read the bible and completed it several times. She enjoyed cooking for large groups and writing for churches. She never met a stranger and if she did she would say, "tell me if you are hungry or do you need a place to stay." She followed God's footsteps and knew the path to take to get to the Promised Land. Berthel's favorite song was "This Little Light of Mine." She was very close to her grandchildren and many of them spent countless summers and after school hours with her. Berthel had a loving spirit and a kind heart. Her smile would light up a room. During her decline in health many stood by her side and were with her throughout her final days. All those who knew and loved her will miss her dearly, but know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and she is resting with the Lord.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband; a sister, Sorfronia Rogers; and three brothers, Pendahvis "Buddy" Blakney, Lavern "Vern" Blakney, and Joysie Blakney.
Surviving to cherish the memory and maintain the legacy of Berthel Mariah Williams is her three sons, Joysie "Sonny" (Willeen) Blakney of Willingboro, NJ, Leonard Williams, and D. Doug (Cynthia) Williams of Fayetteville, NC; three daughters, Rilla Thomas and Lunella Williams both of Hartsville, SC, and Nikki (Marcus) Williams Manning of Columbia, SC; a brother, Ruben "Tuddie" (Maggie) Blakney of Bishopville, SC; a sister, Margaret Bryant of Hartsville, SC; nine grandchildren, Shernard Thomas of Columbia, SC, Nitaya Thomas of Hartsville, SC, Tammi (Ross) Hammond of Willingboro, NJ, Stevie D. Blakney of Willingboro, NJ, Renee Williams of Atlanta, GA, Michael Williams of Florence, SC, Lil Dennis Williams of Fayetteville, NC, McKenzie Mariah Manning and Nicholas Manning both of Columbia, SC; five great grandchildren, Dahvis Blakney of Willingboro, NJ, Turquoise McCaskill of Charlotte, NC, Victoria Williams of Atlanta, GA, Paris Williams of Florence, SC, and Haley Hammond of Willingboro, NJ; one great great grandson, Khalen Blakney of Willingboro, NJ; a special cousin, Roberta Harrison of Washington DC; a god daughter, Shirley Jackson of Hartsville SC, a host of nieces, nephews and close relatives.
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