Christine Williams

April 15, 1922 ~ May 13, 2022 (age 100)


Christine Williams was born in LaGrange, Georgia to the late Charles Tigner and Josephine Silvers on April 15, 1922 and passed at 100 years of age on May 13, 2022. She was the youngest of three children, two of whom preceded her in death, Annell Davis and Horace Silvers. She spent her very early years with grandparents Anderson and Annie Williams on a farm in Chipley, Georgia.  Christine attended Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia which still exists today and graduated with honors in the top of her class. She was awarded a scholarship to Clark University but unable to attend due to health reasons. She was academically sharp and was able to work at various occupations throughout her life.

While living in Atlanta, she met a colorful and handsome man, Cleo Williams. They married on February 26, 1942, and they moved to Roseville, Michigan. There they raised five children during their 62 years of marriage. 

It was in 1953 at an International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in New York City that Christine and Cleo symbolized their dedication to Jehovah by means of water baptism and gained a large spiritual family which they both continued to associate with all their lives. She was baptized over 68 years and enjoyed sharing her hope of a paradise earth with others and teaching them these wonderful promises from the Bible. When physically able, she set an example of regular meeting attendance and participation in the Christian ministry. Christine never missed a Memorial.  She celebrated her last Memorial on April 15, 2022, while in the hospital.  She always encouraged others to stay faithful to the one and only true God, Jehovah.

Christine had a love for gardening. She was known by family, friends, and the community for her skillful work in landscaping, canning, and for her beautiful flowers. She had more than a green thumb she had a green hand. Christine also liked dancing, music, and writing poetry. On a good day she would challenge some to a dance-off doing the “hucklebuck.”

When the family was asked to describe her, they defined her as mild-mannered, quiet, industrious, with a sense of humor, witty, an avid gardener, theocratic, strong, capable, independent, beautiful, intelligent, patient, determined, considerate, kind, thoughtful, giving, feisty, and caring.  One offspring closed out by saying “she was all about family and that I was the only fat one in the family”.

Christine is preceded in death by her husband Cleo Williams, son Cleo Alfred Williams and son-in-law, Charles Campbell.  She leaves to cherish her memory daughters, Joyce Campbell, Chrysanthia Davis (Curtis); sons, Nathaniel Williams (Evola), Richard Williams (Alofa); 10 grandchildren, Christopher Campbell (Rashawn), Candace Sellers (Gary), Richard L. Williams (Kate), Ericka Swayne (Edward), David Jones-Williams (Stephanie), Lanee‘ Williams, Sherry Walker (Deric), Nea Williams, Nathan Williams (Suzette), Erick Williams;  16 great-grandchildren, Deandre’, Desiree’, Ryan, Sandra, Tionne, Richard III, Eve, Elise, Edward II, Yimora, Yvelise, Ameriss, Indigo, Miles, Khloe, and Zyleia;  2 great-, great-, grandchildren, Imaree and Isaiah; and one niece, Jacqueline Kindle, a loving friend and care-giver Linda Spivey, and a host of relatives and friends.

Zoom Memorial Services were held Saturday, May 28, 2022.  The Memorial Slideshow is available on YouTube at


Funeral Service
May 28, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Edward Korkoian Funeral Home
836 North Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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