Iwilla “Sista” Williams was born on May 10, 1932, in Shellman, Georgia to the late Willie Arthur Lumpkin and Annie Jackson-Lumpkin. Iwilla attended school in Shellman, GA, Terrell County. She moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the late 1950’s. Iwilla was accepted to attended a Chef’s Training School where she received a certificate as a Chef’s Apprentice. She spent over 20 years cooking with the Capital and Alva restaurants in Harrisburg. Iwilla later retired from PA State Government in General Services.
Iwilla’s passions were attending church, having fellowship with her church members, singing in the choir, and listening to gospel, jazz, and R&B music. “Silent Night” by the Temptations was one of her favorite songs and Christmas was her favorite time of the year. Cooking for her family and traveling back and forth to southwest Georgia to visit her family members was extremely important to her. She loved being a member and participating in Elks Lodge Post 420 events.
Iwilla leaves to cherish memories of her, son Curtis L. Williams Sr. (Frances) (Laurel, MD), grandchildren; Curtis L. Williams Jr. (Laurel, MD) , Carnell Q. Williams of (Laurel, MD), Raven Ingram (Harrisburg, PA), Anthony “Tony” Gamble (Harrisburg, PA), David Cook (Boiling Springs, PA), great-grandchildren; Antonio Gamble (Middletown, PA), Dashawn Hairston (Steelton, PA), Caliya Williams (Laurel, MD), Lavell Williams (Columbia, MD), Courtlynn and Courtnee Williams (Laurel, MD) and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss her dearly.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her children; Vera, Alonzo, and Dewayne, siblings; John-Henry, Isa Mae, Lonnie Bell, Annie Will, Andrew, Hullet, Willie, Emma, Annie, Rea, Marie Rea, and Mary.
The family would like to take the time to thank her church family of Mt. Sinai A.M.E. (Rev. Reed), the staff at Spring Creek Rehabilitation Center, UPMC, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and IBPOEW Unity Temple #61.
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