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Florida Williamson

Friday, September 12, 2003

PARMA - Florida Bell Williamson, 87, died at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 2003, at the Malden Nursing Center.

Born June 8, 1916, in Clarendon, Ark., daughter of the late Will and Bell Richardson Madden, she lived in Parma for more than 60 years. A member of the Sikeston Jurisdictional Church of God in Christ, she had served as district missionary and evangelist, was a Sunday school teacher, YPWW teacher, treasurer and on the Mother's Board in the Church of Christ at Parma for more than 50 years. She completed two years of college, majoring in general studies, and was a substitute school teacher, librarian, business proprietor, real estate owner and social worker before retiring. Williamson was instrumental in getting hot lunches served in segregated schools. She and her first husband provided coal, wood, ice and local store items in the community and after age 70, she continued to assist neighbors in looking for jobs and benefits.

In 1934, she married Rufus Williamson who preceded her in death in 1982. She later married Johnny Bledsoe and he died in 2002.

Survivors include: six sons and daughters-in-law, Rufus and Rapunzel Williamson Jr., Lee and Regina Williamson, Robbie and Lula Williamson, Lewis and Annette Williamson, Robert and Ceola Williamson, Ray and Linda Williamson and David and Betty Williamson; four daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Bill Jones, Oteria and Wilbert McCullough, Minnie and Victor Phillips and Dorothy and Adewole Ige; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden.

Visitation will continue from 11:30 a.m. Sunday until service time at 12:30 p.m. at the Parma Community Building. The Rev. Ronald Pulley, pastor of House of Prayer Church of God in Christ of Parma, will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery in Malden.