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Viola Williams

Viola "Tilley" Williams (Handy)

Sunday, October 1st, 1961 - Friday, April 16th, 2021
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Viola Handy Williams, beloved daughter of the late John Henry Ayres and Ann Handy, was born on October 1, 1961 in Nassawadox, Virginia. She departed this life on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock, Virginia, surrounded by her family.

“Tilley,” as she was lovingly nicknamed by her brothers, was educated in the Accomack County Public Schools. She was a dedicated employee at Arcadia Nursing Center as an assistant Supervisor of Housekeeping, until its closing.

At an early age, Viola began worshipping at Macedonia Baptist Church in Bloxom, Virginia, where she sang on the Women’s Choir. As a teen, she met her soulmate, Gregory Williams and forged a wonderful relationship that would last for forty-three years.

Tilley, loved to play cards, go to bingo and watch game shows. Her favorite games shows were The Price is Right, Family Feud, and Wheel of Fortune. Tilley also loved to spend time with her family. She was a kind, caring, and compassionate person who was always worried more about others than herself. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, and friend. She will be truly missed.

She leaves to cherish her fond memories: her husband, Gregory T. Williams, Sr.; daughters, Lashonda Handy (Jacques) and Shacana Handy (James); sons, Tanhia Handy (Christina) and Gregory T. Williams, Jr.; grandchildren, Kaleef Copes, Kalaya Handy, Teanna Davis, Maya Davis, Jada Davis, Kwamaine Sheppard, Jordan Williams, J.R. Brown, Jameriah Brown, and Jalisa Bailey; siblings, Thelma Holden, Larry Handy, Sr. (Shirley), Shirley Lilliston, Vana Dennis (Samuel), Mae Davis (Monty), Henry Handy (Linda), Sadra Bailey, Donnie Ayres (Brenda), and Bonnie Hinmon,; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Curtis Mason (Nell), Priscilla Johnson (Timothy), Kelvin Williams (Courtney), Gail Handy (Elwood), and Min. Marie Gunter; special friend, Ella Benn; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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Service Details

  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 2:00pm
    Macedonia Baptist Cemetery
    27105 Nelsonia Rd
    BLOXOM, VA 23308
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Thursday, April 1, 2021, all public and private in person gatherings of 50 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Tamela Wise
  • Interment

    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 2:00pm
    Macedonia Baptist Cemetery
    27105 Nelsonia Rd
    BLOXOM, VA 23308
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Curtis Mason and Elwood & Gail Handy sent flowers to the family of Viola "Tilley" Williams (Handy).
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Frances Fleming

Posted at 07:48am
Sending my prayers and condolences during this very difficult time to the Williams/Handy family.
Frances Fleming

Kevin Bailey

Posted at 06:36pm
My deepest condolences, may God console the family during your time of bereavement. Kevin Bailey and family

Curtis Mason

Posted at 04:59pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you . Curtis, Nell Karen & Maria.
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Elwood & Gail Handy

Posted at 04:23pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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