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Marion Delivera (Guthrie) Williams

July 20, 1922 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 97)


Marion Delivera Williams, age 97 of 167 PInecrest Drive, Bear Creek, NC transitioned into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Sanford Health and Rehabilitation, Sanford, NC.

Celebrating A Life Well Lived

Mrs. Marion Guthrie Williams

Marion Delivera Guthrie Williams was the youngest of eight children born to the late John Wesley Guthrie and Esther “Easter” Headen Guthrie Giles on July 20, 1922.  She transitioned peacefully from her earthly home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2020 at the Sanford Health and Rehabilitation Center, at the age of 97.

“Dreeble” or “Aunt Marion”, as she was affectionately known by many, greeted everyone with an infectious smile that made a lasting impression. Marion was educated in the Goldston Colored School where she completed 11 years of education and received her high school diploma.  Later, when the school system added a 12th year, she returned and completed that as well.  After graduation she began working and later married John Henry Williams. To this union two children were born, Carol Brent and Johnny Ross.  Sadly, her husband preceded her in death. Later in life, she was blessed with a daughter, Sandra Kaye.

Marion was a tireless worker.  She was an employee of Webster Poultry of Pittsboro, W. Koury Company of Sanford, then retired from the Chatham County Council on Aging as a Home Health Aide.  

She loved:

GOD.  She was a lifelong member of her family’s home church, Mt. Herman A. M. E. Zion, where she served faithfully in many capacities.  She was the face of Mt. Herman.  She represented the church on the Durham District, Central NC Conference, the Goldston community and vacinities.  She served as a Sunday School Teacher, Church Secretary, Church pianist, President of the Missionary Society, member of the Usher Board, Christian Education Director, member of the Lay Council, member of the original Golden Stars gospel singing group, President of the Mt. Herman Gospel Choir, Deaconess, Pastor’s Aide, and Class Leader.  She wanted others to get to know God, so she picked up young people in the community to bring them to church.  She will always be remembered as being one of God’s obedient servants.

ENJOYING LIFE.  As a teenager Marion loved sports.  She played basketball in high school and later managed a winning softball team. She loved to GO -  go to church, go visiting, go get her hair done and go shopping.  Many Saturdays were spent in malls, until closing.  We shopped all day, and sometime returned home with nothing but a full stomach. After retirement, she attended the Chatham County Senior Center, where she enjoyed riding the van, playing Bingo and fellowshipping with friends.

FAMILY.  Marion was the matriarch of the family.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  Everyone in the family has their own stories to tell of her kindness and generosity.  She loved getting together with family, especially the Thanksgiving Gathering.  Summers and weekends were especially fun at Aunt Marion’s because she hosted out of town family. The children would play outside in the yard as adults would sit around laughing, talking and reminiscing.  She spent a lot of time caring for others including her Aunt Julia Scarborough, and her sister Izona Hatcher.

Marion has answered the call of our Heavenly Father from labor to rest.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Carol Brent and Johnny Ross; siblings Varie, Odessa, Marie, Artha Mae, Izona, Audrey and Sylvester; and her grandson Daryl.

Left with wonderful memories of her life are her daughter Sandra Tysor(Charlie) of Goldston, four grandchildren, Andrea Murdock of Greensboro, Donald McIntosh of Bear Creek, Kesha Matthews (Ather) of Carthage and Desiree Hodges (Craig) of Charlotte; seven great-grandchildren; 14 great- great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Hildred Williams of Goldston; seven nieces, seven nephews and a host of other great-nieces/great-nephews, cousins and other extended relatives and friends too numerous to count.


Professional Services Entrusted to: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford 

This is a private service at the request of the family.


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Funeral Service
May 25, 2020

2:00 PM
Knotts Funeral Home
719 Wall St.
Sanford, NC 27330

Interment following funeral service
May 25, 2020

Mt. Herman AME Zion Church
8604 Pittsboro Goldston Rd.
Goldston, NC 27252

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