Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Ernestine Williams

02/10/1939 - 11/18/2017

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Friday, November 24, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 12pm, Saturday, November 25, 2017
Oakwood Chapel Church
982 Avenue E Norfolk VA

Interment Information


Don’t think this is the end for me, sing joyful praise to the skies because my soul has been set free and I’ve gone home to paradise. In this state of heavenly peace where I now claim my life’s Reward, where tears and pain and sorrows cease, here face to face with my Lord. Sister Ernestine Williams began her new life with the Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Sister Williams was a member of Oakwood Chapel Church D.O.C. for 59 years of her life. She served as Secretary for Missionary Ministry, Usher board Ministry, and the Floral Club Ministry. For decades, her personal dedication and commitment has been critical to orchestrating all aspects of church life. She is to go to person to get things done. She serves as the Executive Assistant. Ernestine helped publish the Oakwood Freedom Journal. She supported the Oakwood Chapel Academy across the years to help grow and nature it. She was the emeritus lay leader of the choirs for 25years. Sister Williams was one of the former members of “The Joy Bells Gospel Singers Group”. Also she was a member of North Albemarle Union Choir and Missionary of the Eastern, N.C. and Virginia Assembly. She was a member and youth leader of General Assembly of Church of Christ, D.O.C. International. She organized and planed the Youth Retreat for the Assembly. Sister Williams was born February 10, 1939 to the late Bishop Charlie E. and Sarah Williams. She was educated in the Sampson Country Public School System of North Caroline and attended North Caroline Central. Sis. Williams later moved to Norfolk, VA and perused where she drove dump trucks and later became a preschool teacher at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church under Dr. Raymond Dean and Mrs. Mabel Phelps until her health prevented from carrying out her duties. She loved the Lord; love truly people, gospel music and some good ole gossip. And always telling you like it was!!! She will be truly missed by many. Sister Williams predeceased by her only son, Dr. Eugene D. Williams; three brothers, Eddie Lee Williams, Elmer Williams, and Eulissie J. Williams; one sister, Ruth Melvin all from North Carolina. Ernestine leaves to cherish her memories; her daughter, Benita Sanderlin (Larry) of Norfolk, VA; two adopted sisters, Sharon Eason of Iwakiun, Japan and Sheila Eason of Virginia Beach, VA; one daughter-in-law, Katrina Williams of Dover, N.C.; two adopted daughters, Jacqueline Reid of Norfolk, VA and Alona Jamison; two adopted sons, Percell Thompson and Thomas Jamison both of Norfolk, VA; two granddaughters, Sarah N. Williams of Norfolk, VA and Catina Gardner (Nathaniel) of Fort Lewis, Washington; three great grandchildren, Tay’Jon Green, Nichole Gardner and Laurin Gardner, Ft. Lewis Washington US ARMY!!; god daughter and god son, Lisa and Larry Shaw of Norfolk, VA and god granddaughter, Larisa Shaw and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and other relatives and friends.

Vondra Bailey Selden Thoughts and prayers are with the family. May you always have and share beautiful memories of Mrs. Williams.
Posted: 11/25/2017
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vernell gray To Benita & Family Well the Lord has taking another Soldier In his arms. Convention Sister One is singing Tenor on her famous pew or bench. Convention Sister Two says farewell my Friend. Our reporter is gone. Keep the Faith & remember Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Psalms 30:5 From Vernell & Esther Gray 2017
Posted: 11/25/2017
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Bonnie Wilson My heartfelt condolences Benita....Sarah and all of the family!!! I share in your sorrow. Ernestine was my Adopted Sister and my dear friend. I love her for always!!! Praying much for all of you. You all were so very blessed to have her!!! Love Bonnie(Hank) Wilson
Posted: 11/24/2017
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patricia turner you are truly missed and what a testimony you lived.
Posted: 11/20/2017
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