“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose,
for all that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.”
Wanda Mae Tann Williams, daughter of the late Irvin and Claudie Mae Branch Tann, began her journey through life on Monday, August 12, 1957 in Halifax County, North Carolina.
Wanda obtained her education through the Northampton County Public School System. Early in life, she accepted Christ and joined First Baptist Church of Severn, North Carolina. As life progressed, she united in Christian Fellowship with Saint John Missionary Baptist Church of Garysburg, North Carolina and lastly with Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Jackson, North Carolina.
At a tender age, Wanda was blessed with two children. On January 27, 1981, she united in Holy Matrimony to Lonnie Randolph ‘Randy’ Williams. They shared 40 years, 5 months and 10 days together. Through this union, she was blessed with 2 more children and 3 step-children.
For a period of time, Wanda was a volunteer for the Seaboard Coates Head Start Program. She also babysat her grandchildren and many of her nieces and nephews - 4 of whom she kept often, Novell ‘MaMa’, Ranijah, Shiyla and Ronald.
Wanda loved playing cards. The news herald had nothing on Wanda! If she didn’t know, she would say, “Let me find out and I’ll call you back!” She had a love for purses and collecting jewelry, that she didn’t wear most times and you weren’t going to wear it either. Spending quality time with her family and friends, brought her great joy. Wanda loved people and never met a stranger. She enjoyed a good laugh and possessed many characteristics that could easily brighten up anyone’s day.
On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, while surrounded by her loving family and furry friends, Cocoa and Snow White; God plucked a beautiful flower to add to his heavenly bouquet. Wanda was escorted to the gates of heaven by one of the angels to join her family that preceded her in death; including: her parents; brothers, Garfield, Alphonza, Nathaniel and William Tann and sisters, Shirley Simmons and Novella Mason.
We thought of you today, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and the day before that too. We think of you in silence and often speak your name. Now all we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we’ll never part. God has you in His keeping and we have you in our hearts: husband, Lonnie R. Williams of the home; children, Jacqueline Tann-Neal (Kevin) of Jackson, North Carolina, Jermaine Tann (Barbara) of Rich Square, North Carolina, Tiffany Williams and Jessica Williams (Doug) both of the home; one grandson, whom she helped rear, Tremaine Williams of the home; three children-at-heart, James (Catina), Wanda (Tony) and Darlene Williams all of Seaboard, North Carolina; grandchildren, De’Quan Tann, Sr. (Nadjah) of Wilmington, North Carolina, Corey Neal (Kayla) and Kaniya Neal and Iyana Tann all of Jackson, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Kwashaun Greene of Gaston, North Carolina, Jada Neal of Jackson, North Carolina, De’Quan Tann, Jr. of South Carolina, Avant Tann of Wilmington, North Carolina and Iyon Britt of Jackson, North Carolina; four nieces, two nephews, eight great-nieces, six great-nephews; a host of other relatives and friends.
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