Mrs. Minnie PeaceTurner Williams, 100, departed this earthly life on Monday April 22, 2019. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at St. Paul AME Church, 402 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh NC at 12:00 PM with visitation preceding the service at 11:00 AM. Interment takes place at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Garner NC. Public viewing will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Haywood Funeral Home from 2-8 PM.
Minnie Peace Turner Williams, daughter of the late R.R. Turner and the late Della Hackney Turner transitioned peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, April 22, 2019 the love she gave, and the peaceful nature she provided warms our hearts with many unforgettable memories. Her laugh was contagious, she seldom complained, and her inner nature radiated with peace. “Peace” was a proud part of her name that she insisted that it be written whenever her signature was used.”
Minnie Peace Turner, was born on August l9, 1918 in the Oberlin community the third of five children. She was raised in a devoutly Christian family. Peace was a faithful member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church and a member of the Women’s Missionary Society. In August of 2009, she was among those honored as living legends who have paved the way for generations to come. She had an opportunity to renew her love of singing in the G.L. Edmond Choir of St. Paul since she was a long time member of the Toole Choir. Peace never stopped singing favorite hymns, gospels, and even the “Good Morning Song” that she taught to her first grade students at Oberlin Elementary school.
Peace received a B.A. degree in Education from Shaw University and obtained a M.A. degree in education from New York University. Her teaching career began in Greenville, North Carolina where she met her devoted husband of over fifty years, the late Arthur Bernard Williams and were long time residents of the Oberlin community. During her lifetime, Peace was not only privileged to nurture and mold the minds of many young Oberlin children as their first grade teacher Elementary school. In addition, her professional career included teaching in the Head Start program, Crosby Garfield School, and studying abroad in the open education movement in England in the early seventies. She retired from the W.H. Fuller Raleigh City School after thirty seven years of committed service as a primary grade teacher.
In 2005, Peace received recognition for fifty years of service in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and was recognized as a golden Soror. During her tenure, she held the offices of secretary, treasurer, and participated on several committees including the Chapter’s annual Debutante Ball event and engaged in other volunteer community outreach opportunities. She was also a dedicated member of the Raleigh Chapter of Links since l988 where she devoted her time and talents to the youth program facet, held the office of treasurer and especially enjoyed attending the annual conferences. Peace’s favorite past-times included gardening, traveling, sewing, shopping, and playing bridge. One could always expect to find her trying out a new recipe for family holiday meals and preparing special dishes to serve in her home as a member of several bridge clubs, Entre Nous, Tally Pals, Bridgettes and Duplicate Bridge club. In recent years, she was passionately involved in- worship service, completing word search puzzles, making jewelry, doing crafts and baking cookies.
Peace was a member of the N.A.A.C.P., retired Wake Co. school personnel and Shaw University alumni. In contributing to her alma mater she purchased a brick for the grounds and chose for the inscription: To GOD BE THE GLORY.
She made sure she kept her civic responsibilities and never missed the opportunity to vote. Minnie Peace Williams will be greatly missed for her attributes as a virtuous woman who lived in accordance to the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, self- control, gentleness, and faithfulnessand Peace.
Minnie Peace Turner Williams is survived by her beloved family: five nieces (alphabetically) Ms. Geraldine Marguerite Capehart, Reverend Dr. Myrtle Lillian Capehart, Mrs. Barbara Turner Cox, Mrs. Orenda Wimberly Grady, and Mrs. Nurry Turner Johnson; one nephew, Mr. Carlyle Wimberly, great nieces, Rhondalyn Cox-Burt, Mitzi Meriwether Clawson, and Margo Meriwether Phillips; great nephew, Johnathan Turner Cox, great-great great nieces, Isabel Cox, and Paige Phillips; great- great nephew, Isham Grady; great great-great nephews; Carter, Reed and Ross Phillips. The extended Turner relatives; the extended relatives of the late Mr. A.B. Williams (Robert) and the late Mr.& Mrs. Harold Williams family; Mr. & Mrs. Howard Poole, Ms. Ella Marilyn Williams and Dr. Michael Williams.