BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
Volusia County residents will pay tribute to Daisy Hamilton Williams on Saturday at a funeral service at Shiloh Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.
Williams, 76, a longtime Volusia County educator, community leader and Daytona Times newspaper columnist, died on Sept. 5 at her home. Williams wrote the “Community News’’ column for the Times for many years.
Her sister, Pat Heard, referred to Williams as “knowledgeable, outspoken and dedicated to her community.’’
Class president to educator
She was born Jan. 7, 1940. She came to the Daytona Beach area as a fourth-grade student from Lawtey, Florida. Heard, the younger sister, remembers how proud she was growing up with Williams, especially when she excelled at Campbell Senior High. Williams was president of her senior class and also was chosen as Miss Campbell.
Heard said Williams was an educator for more than 30 years. A life member of the NAACP, she was known for her activism in the community.
Williams also was known for visiting the elderly at nursing homes, helping to feed the homeless, and marching and helping to defend the civil rights for all, Heard reflected.
Honored in 2014
In 2014, Williams was one of 74 Black educators honored by the Bethune-Cookman University Women’s Advisory Board.
The program, titled “Honoring Our Unsung Heroes: The Black Teachers of Volusia County – Our Guiding Lights through Segregation,’’ paid tribute to men and women who educated generations of students during segregation.
The Rev. Dr. Kevin James Sr., pastor Palm Coast United Methodist Church, will deliver the eulogy at the funeral service, which will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh.
Heard said Saturday’s service will include who knew her sister best, including former student Jeffrey Gillis, a Daytona State College employee; and retired educator Dr. Carolyn Frazier. Family friend Abe Alexander will render a solo.
Visitation for Williams is Friday, Sept. 16 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at RJ Gainous Funeral Home, 804 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach. Visitation also is scheduled for Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Shiloh, located at 540 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Interment will be at Daytona Memorial Park, 1425 Bellevue Ave.
Along with her sister, Williams is survived by her two children, Tanya and Al Williams Jr., as well as a host of other relatives. Her youngest child, Tanisha, preceded her in death.
James Harper contributed to this report.