The Family of  Barbara Jean Spears Williams

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Barbara Jean Spears Williams, 81, slipped quietly and peacefully into eternal rest with the father on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Barbara was born on August 19, 1932 in Charlottesville, VA to the late Richard B. Spears and Mary Hawkins Spears.  She was married to Clarence F. Williams who preceded her in death; also preceding her was a sister, Wilma S. Crawford and brother, Richard B. Spears, III. 
     Barbara was baptized at an early age at Zion Union Baptist Church.  She graduated from Jefferson High School.  After graduation she was employed in several homes before she ventured to New York City where she remained for over 30 years. While there she attended business school. She held several positions of key punching and data entry clerk.  She joined the Seven Day Adventist Church there. Upon returning to Charlottesville 20 some years ago she joined and became very active at the Charlottesville Seven Day Adventist Church on Jefferson Park Avenue.  Barbara served as an Elder of the Church, she also made sure that fresh flowers were in the church for the Sabbath Service.  She had a sense for beauty.  She decorated the church for each season and holidays.  She also made sure the tables in the Fellowship Hall were decorated.  Barbara made sure that all the ladies received a gift for Mother’s Day and she did the same for the men on Father’s Day. The members went to her for wise advice.  She truly loved her church and in return the members truly loved and cared for her in many ways.  Barbara didn’t have any children of her own, but she loved her nieces and nephews.  She had one special nephew, Thomas “T.J.” Crawford, that watched over her and went to the nursing home daily. 
     She leaves behind a devoted and loyal family that loved and cared for her in every way possible, before and during her illness. Barbara is survived by two sisters, Yvonne Anthony and husband, William “Billy” Anthony, and Ramonde Gardner; 10 nieces; 5 nephews; a number of great nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
     A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Charlottesville Seven Day Adventist Church, 2437 Jefferson Park Avenue.
     The Family expresses their thanks and gratitude for the wonderful care that she received by Dr. Chesler, the nursing staff and the CNA therapists and all other staff members of the Laurels of Charlottesville.  Additionally the Family expresses thanks to those who provided her home care, Josephine Brooks, Nancy Quarles, Benita Hakim, Brenda Brooks, her niece, Pheode Ward, Paula Crawford and Karen.
     In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or her church, the Charlottesville Seven Day Adventist Church, 2437 Jefferson Park Avenue.   

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.