Earlie Elizabeth Williams was introduced to the universe by her earth guides Robert and Cleona Williams on August 9, 1935. Earlie was the youngest and the only girl in a family of four children.
Earlie spent the first 14 years of her life in Houston and at the age of 15, after the passing of her mother, she moved to San Diego to live with her loving and compassionate Aunt Pearl and Uncle Butler. She attended and graduated the class of 1953 from San Diego High School.
During her younger years, she was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Lockridge. Her love for singing led her to become a dedicated member of any position that required or allowed singing…choir, usher board, janitor, Sunday School teacher…anywhere she was able to lift her voice and “sang.” Thank God she was blessed with the voice of an angel and was an asset and not a regret. Earlie later became a dedicated member of Trinity Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. G. James Washington and Rev. Clyde Gaines. Earlie faithfully served as the Church Clerk in charge of making sure bulletins were available every Sunday. And of course, sang in the choir, as well as served in many different organizations throughout the church. After many years of dedication, she transferred her membership to Bayview Baptist Church and served in any capacity she was needed. She attended and served Bayview until her health declined.
Earlie served as the Community Liaison at Logan Elementary for 40 years. She was very dedicated to serving the kids she worked for and with. Her “job” was not just a job. She was dedicated to making sure the children she worked for received everything they were entitled to and more. When you talk to the kids that were able to know “Miss Williams”, the one thing that is said by all is “Miss Williams was mean, she didn’t play, but I’m glad she didn’t give up on me and I love her”. Earlie served as the PTA President, School Patrol, she worked with the Padres and got them involved in helping the students. Earlie also served her community. She was very involved in the Mt. View Park and Recreation Center’s Board for many years. Working with other community members, they were able to accomplish much improvement within the community. She’s considered one of the community’s OGs.
We are sure that any and everyone who REALLY knew Earlie, knew that besides life itself, her next biggest blessings came in small packages. Jackie (Tasia and Taje), Paul and Herschel (Christophor (Cash) and Kayla. Her “angels”. Feel free to try to guess her favorite.
Earlie was a single Mom. Lawd have mercy! Not only was she Mom, but she was also the absentee dads, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, cousins…When it came to discipline, she had every position filled! You can ask any of the kids that she connected with. One of the biggest topics focused on when we sit around remembering the “good ole days” are the many times we were told to go pick a “switch” and it better have leaves! The Sundays in church when we were popped in the back of our heads for not paying attention to Pasta. Not just her three, but anybody within close range who was guilty. Thank God it’s a topic we can laugh at now but wasn’t funny back in the day. We are also able to say how much we thank God for Earlie caring enough about us to make sure we were disciplined and would become respectful and respectable adults.
Earlie was known by many names and titles. Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Mama, Grandma, Gwadiddy, Grammummer, Grandmother, Babysista, Aunt Babysister, Miss Earlie, Miss Williams, That mean Lady, Guuuuuuurl…the list goes on and on.
Earlie’s eternal name was assigned to her: ANGEL OF THE MOST HIGH: On Monday, January 10, 2022, at 4:44 a.m. Earlie was reunited with friends and family who have gone on before her! God is probably wondering what in the world he’s gotten himself into. I can only imagine! ENJOY YOUR NEW LIFE! Until we meet again…MUCH LOVE!!!