Sharon Kaye Williams-Clay
Born in Port Arthur, Texas on October 24, 1938 to the marital union of the late Tom “Jack” and Myrtle Hunter Williams. Sharon Kaye was a native and lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Texas. She completed her earthly journey on December 23, 2016 in the comforts of her home surrounded by her loved ones. Sharon accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church by the late Pastor C.A. Saunders.
Through all of life’s blessings and storms, Sharon could always be found in the House of the Lord. Beginning as a teenager up until her health prevented her from attending church, she worked diligently for God in many capacities. She taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and worked in the Women’s Missionary Union and BTU. She was a member of the Hannah Circle and a facilitator of the women’s ministry, Vessels of Hope. She served as the chair of the Scholarship Committee for Graduating Seniors and she was a Trustee of the Church. Sharon was also a member of both the Women’s Choir and the Mass Choir.
Sharon was an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for over 50 years and actively participated in the Port Arthur Alumnae Chapter until her health began to fail. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She was a former volunteer in the Hosts Program at Sam Houston and Lincoln High Schools. She also volunteered in the Shots Across Texas Program and in the Reading Programs at the Port Arthur Public Library. She also enjoyed participating in the bible study group “Joy of Living” at the First Baptist Church in Groves, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom & Myrtle Williams; sister, Jacqueline Pearl Williams and her brother Tommie Hunter Williams. She is survived by her aunt, Della Freeman, devoted nieces Petoria Bell and Cecilie Williams and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at New Hope Baptist Church with visitation from 12 noon until service time. Entombment will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.