Gladys Dinkins Williams, 67, was born on July 5, 1953, in Rembert, to Laura Workman Dinkins and the late Ollie Dinkins Sr. She gained her wings to glory on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.

Gladys was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Hillcrest High School Class of 1971. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at Rafting Creek Baptist Church, where she was baptized and made a full pledge member. She had a passion for reading and writing. She worked several jobs as a secretary and was privileged to become a Notary Public. She was also enthusiastic with driving and landed jobs driving buses for Sumter School District 2, RTA and the YMCA.

She leaves to cherish her fond memories: her mother, Laura W. Dinkins; one son, James (Raven) Williams Jr.; three daughters, Karen Deloris Williams, Laurie Elizabeth Williams and Yolanda Yvetta Williams; two brothers, Frank (Mary) Sanders Sr. and Ollie Dinkins Jr.; eight sisters, Linnie Mae Singleton, Genovia (Jimmie) Dennis, Gloria Dinkins, Jacqueline Dinkins, Kathy English, Tracey (Roosevelt) Nelson, Ethel Dinkins and Jduna Dinkins; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four aunts; three uncles; three special cousins that she reared in the house with Lane Robinson, Patricia Nichelson and Deborah Butler; a host of nieces, nephews, other cousins, relatives and friends.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during limited visitation at the home, 4620 Easy St., Rembert.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter, with the Rev. Melvin Mack officiating.

The procession will leave from the home at 11:20 a.m.

Burial will be at Rafting Creek Baptist Churchyard Cemetery.

Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at Visit us on the web at