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Elder Elijah Williams

October 25, 1937 — August 16, 2023



We regret to announce the passing of Elder Elijah Williams of Hartsville, SC. Elder Williams passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville. 

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 510 Wingate Drive, Hartsville, SC. 

Arrangements will be announced by Davis Funeral Home, LLC.


Elder Elijah Williams went from steadfastness to greater, late Wednesday night, August 16, 2023, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC. The life of a great man began October 25, 1937 in Lee County, SC. He was the son of the late Zachary and Annie Lee Williams. Even as a young child, he took pride in taking care of his family.

On July 4, 1967, Elder Elijah met the love of his life, Shirley Boyd. Two years later, they were united in holy matrimony in Brooklyn, NY on August 23, 1969. They relocated to Hartsville, SC in 1973.

A jack of all trades, Elder Elijah established many successful businesses and passed that trade on to his children and grandchildren. He rededicated his life to Christ over 30 years ago. He was a true man of God who loved his family faithfully. In 2005, he was ordained as a local minister at Nathan Temple Holiness Church. For nearly 20 years, he carried out his ministry and was later ordained as Elder at Greater Commission Discipleship Church. He was the sharpest knife in the drawer and a master storyteller. He loved to spend time with his family and study the Word of God. He was honored, recognized and respected as a pillar of strength, a protector and a provider.

In addition to his parents, Elder Elijah was preceded in death by his sisters: Gladys Hicks, Ruby Wingate, Janara Williams and Mary Williams and his two brothers: James and John Williams.

To cherish his memory and celebrate his legacy is his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Shirley Williams; devoted children: Michelle Williams (Newark, NJ), Lamaris Groves (Yonkers, NY), (Charles Groves) and Renee Baker (Florence, SC), (Eric Baker) and Erica Williams (Charlotte, NC ); three Brothers: David Williams (Bronx, NY), Zachary Williams (Columbia, SC) and George Wingate (Hartsville, SC); seven grandchildren: Terrell Mercer, Katrina Mercer, Jason Williams, Madison Williams, Marissa Givens, Shania Scott and Charles (CJ) Groves; eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.      

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Monday, August 21, 2023

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