Mary Jo Wilson

Born: Mon., May 20, 1940
Died: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017


Visitation

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 06, 2017
Location: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church


Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Sat., Oct. 07, 2017
Location: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church


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Mary Jo Williams was the eldest child born to the union of the late Roy and Janie Mae Williams, Sr. on May 20, 1940 in Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama.

Mary Jo confessed Christ at an early age and united with the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Attalla, Alabama, under the leadership of Rev. J.J. McGhee; Later serving under Rev. W. H. Granger and currently, Rev. Jonathan Granger, where she remained a faithful servant.

Sister Wilson graduated from Norris High School Class of 1958. She completed her professional training and graduated from New World School of Cosmetology. Mary Jo later became the proud owner of Mary Jo’s Beauty and Style Shop.

On December 8, 1972, she united in holy matrimony to Deacon Samuel Wilson, Sr.

Mary Jo Wilson embarked on a life of service within her church, community, city and throughout the state of Alabama. In her lifetime supporting Mt. Calvary she served as kitchen chairman emeritus, missionary president, co-chairman of the Pastor’s Aid Committee, deaconess, Usher Board, Sunday school teacher and faithfully attended Bible study.

      Sister Wilson headed her own ‘Jailhouse Ministry’, visiting those that were incarcerated. She made it a point to share God’s word with them, take them meals and visited them faithfully during the holiday season.

Sister Wilson displayed her passion and love for children by serving them in a number of ministries. Mary Jo served as supervisor of the Sunbeam Department, Director of the Youth Department and Chairman of Selma University Rally for the Wills Creek District Association. In the community, Mary Jo presided over the Norris Community Development Corporation. She was the vice president of the local chapter of AARP and Steelworker’s Retiree Organization. Mary Jo was a very active member of Australia Chapter #303 Order of Eastern Star and Martha J. Glover Court #97, Heroines of Jericho.

 Sister Wilson held the office of vice president of the Alabama State Women’s Auxiliary Sunbeam Department. A dedicated teacher at Dr. Gertie Lowe’s Summer Enrichment Program, Sister Wilson insured that every child could say a Bible verse.

Sister Wilson graduated from Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College-Gadsden Extension in 2013. She was a member of the NAACP and SCLC. Mary Jo was the first Black female to work at

Attalla Pipe Shop in recorded history.

Mary Jo’s hobbies included cooking, gardening, fishing, and studying the Word of God.

 

Mary Jo Wilson’s favorite scripture was John 9:4 “I must work with the works of Him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Deacon Samuel Wilson Sr. and brother, John Louis Williams.

Mary Jo departed this earthly life on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Mary Jo leaves to forever cherish her loving and devoted memories, her daughters, Karita Turner, Memphis,TN, Chiquita Ash, Gadsden, AL, Marietta Ford, Attalla, AL, Breanna Wilson, Attalla, AL; sons, Joe (Rekianna) Harvey, Jr., Lashannon Wilson, all of Gadsden, AL; stepchildren, Josephine (Rev. Bennie) Bonner, Russellville, AL, Geraldine Major, Samuel (Willie Ann) Wilson, Jr., Louis Wilson, Earnest (Cassandra) Wilson, Cheryl (Paul) Williams, all of Gadsden, AL; nine grandchildren, Normanda Morris, Joy Underwood, Tarameka Ash, Teneshia Ash, Anthony (Terrica) Ash, Jr., Chelisa Ford, Serenity Morrison, Jasmine Wilson, Lashannon Wilson, Jr., eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Rev. Roy (Yvonne) Williams, Rosella (John) Morrison, Janie (Herbert) Childs, Loretta McCloud; devoted Aunt, Ella Mae Giles; special friends, Mrs. Flora Waker, Rev. W.H. (Debra) Granger and a host of very special nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear and devoted friends.

 

Mary Jo Williams was the eldest child born to the union of the late Roy and Janie Mae Williams, Sr. on May 20, 1940 in Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama.

Mary Jo confessed Christ at an early age and united with the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Attalla, Alabama, under the leadership of Rev. J.J. McGhee; Later serving under Rev. W. H. Granger and currently, Rev. Jonathan Granger, where she remained a faithful servant.

Sister Wilson graduated from Norris High School Class of 1958. She completed her professional training and graduated from New World School of Cosmetology. Mary Jo later became the proud owner of Mary Jo’s Beauty and Style Shop.

On December 8, 1972, she united in holy matrimony to Deacon Samuel Wilson, Sr.

Mary Jo Wilson embarked on a life of service within her church, community, city and throughout the state of Alabama. In her lifetime supporting Mt. Calvary she served as kitchen chairman emeritus, missionary president, co-chairman of the Pastor’s Aid Committee, deaconess, Usher Board, Sunday school teacher and faithfully attended Bible study.

      Sister Wilson headed her own ‘Jailhouse Ministry’, visiting those that were incarcerated. She made it a point to share God’s word with them, take them meals and visited them faithfully during the holiday season.

Sister Wilson displayed her passion and love for children by serving them in a number of ministries. Mary Jo served as supervisor of the Sunbeam Department, Director of the Youth Department and Chairman of Selma University Rally for the Wills Creek District Association. In the community, Mary Jo presided over the Norris Community Development Corporation. She was the vice president of the local chapter of AARP and Steelworker’s Retiree Organization. Mary Jo was a very active member of Australia Chapter #303 Order of Eastern Star and Martha J. Glover Court #97, Heroines of Jericho.

 Sister Wilson held the office of vice president of the Alabama State Women’s Auxiliary Sunbeam Department. A dedicated teacher at Dr. Gertie Lowe’s Summer Enrichment Program, Sister Wilson insured that every child could say a Bible verse.

Sister Wilson graduated from Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College-Gadsden Extension in 2013. She was a member of the NAACP and SCLC. Mary Jo was the first Black female to work at

Attalla Pipe Shop in recorded history.

Mary Jo’s hobbies included cooking, gardening, fishing, and studying the Word of God.

 

Mary Jo Wilson’s favorite scripture was John 9:4 “I must work with the works of Him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Deacon Samuel Wilson Sr. and brother, John Louis Williams.

Mary Jo departed this earthly life on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Mary Jo leaves to forever cherish her loving and devoted memories, her daughters, Karita Turner, Memphis,TN, Chiquita Ash, Gadsden, AL, Marietta Ford, Attalla, AL, Breanna Wilson, Attalla, AL; sons, Joe (Rekianna) Harvey, Jr., Lashannon Wilson, all of Gadsden, AL; stepchildren, Josephine (Rev. Bennie) Bonner, Russellville, AL, Geraldine Major, Samuel (Willie Ann) Wilson, Jr., Louis Wilson, Earnest (Cassandra) Wilson, Cheryl (Paul) Williams, all of Gadsden, AL; nine grandchildren, Normanda Morris, Joy Underwood, Tarameka Ash, Teneshia Ash, Anthony (Terrica) Ash, Jr., Chelisa Ford, Serenity Morrison, Jasmine Wilson, Lashannon Wilson, Jr., eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Rev. Roy (Yvonne) Williams, Rosella (John) Morrison, Janie (Herbert) Childs, Loretta McCloud; devoted Aunt, Ella Mae Giles; special friends, Mrs. Flora Waker, Rev. W.H. (Debra) Granger and a host of very special nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear and devoted friends.

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