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1941 ~  The Tribute of Life  ~  2018

M. Lendell Williams, Sr.


Maryland Lendell Williams, Sr. of 220 Banks Court, passed peacefully on Monday, November 12, 2018 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro.  He was born on July 9, 1941 in Wayne County to the late Moses Williams, Sr. and Ruth Coley Williams.  


Lendell attended Wayne County public schools and was a proud graduate of Dillard High School Class of 1960.   Dillard High School is where Lendell first involved himself in civic organizations as he participated on student government in various leadership positions and especially enjoyed his role as hall monitor.  Dillard High School is also where he met Margaret Ellis.  The two were married soon after graduation, and to this union three children were born:  Lendell, Jr., Gregory, and Tangela.


Following high school, Lendell remained in Goldsboro and worked at Kemp Furniture before embarking upon a career as an insurance salesman for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company.   Lendell never met a stranger and was blessed to exercise his innate social abilities through this work for many years earning recognition and awards for his salesmanship.  After deciding to make a career change, he retired as a manager with the Goldsboro Housing Authority.


Civic leadership and engagement did not stop after high school.  Lendell was a committed and dedicated member of several organizations in adulthood and unto death.  These organizations include Goldsboro / Dillard Alumni and Friends, the Goldsboro-Wayne Chapter of the NAACP, and the Wayne County Democratic Party.  In addition, he was highly engaged with North Carolina’s coal ash issue and the Moral Monday movement.  Lendell was a dedicated member of St. Mark Church of Christ for more than 50 years where he served faithfully on the usher board, the religious education committee, and the Political Action Committee.


Lendell treasured the fellowship and brotherhood of the Masonic order which he joined through CS Brown Lodge #782 and was a Past Master.   He was Keeper of Seal and Archives for CA Whitehead Consistory #188 Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masons where he was a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner.  Lendell was also a member of Mizpah Temple #66 where he was Past Potentate and served as Recorder.  


Lendell leaves to cherish his memory his wife Margaret Ellis Williams and three children, Lendell (Brenda) Williams, Jr. of Monroe, NC, Gregory Lamont Williams of Houston, TX, and Tangela Yvette Williams of Charlotte, NC; one grandson, Tamarick Davis Williams, and one great grandson, Xavier Williams both of Monroe, NC.   He leaves two brothers, Moses Williams, Jr. and Marvin Williams, of New York, NY and a host of other relatives and friends.


A viewing and visitation will be held on Friday, November 16th from 5pm – 7pm at St. Mark Church of Christ, 700 W. Ash Street.  Family visitation will be from 6pm – 7pm with masonic rights beginning at 7pm.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 17th at 2pm at St. Mark Church of Christ.  Family will receive relatives and friends at 220 Bunch Drive, Goldsboro.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Goldsboro-Wayne Branch of the NAACP in Lendell Williams’ honor.  Donations can be made by mail to Goldsboro-Wayne NAACP, 2105 N. William Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530 or by visiting the website at www.goldsborowaynenaacp.org.