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105 Years…and Still Counting BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS Iror Julia Faye Abercrombie Wil- in English and mathematics. Soror Williams.Soror Williams also is the solecharter member and close friend tocum laude from Huston-Tillotson Col-lege in Austin, with a Bachelor of Artsf anyone knows the secret to along and purposeful life, it is So- liams. According to her daughter and Soror Williams was initiated into living charter member of Marlboro caregiver, Mary-Jo Gregory, Soror Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through Heights Missionary Baptist Church, Williams is known for often saying, Alpha Psi Chapter at Huston-Tillotson where she served as a musician, Sun- “The secret to living well and long is College, in 1943. More than 30 years day school teacher and offi cial. forgiveness.” The 105-year old cente- later, she would be instrumental in Soror Williams has received narian celebrated her birthday Sept. chartering Killeen Alumnae Chapter, several awards and recognitions for 8, 2011 in Killeen, her service as an Texas where she educator and com- currently resides. munity advocate Soror Williams including: Woman is best described of the Year by the by friends, fam- Texas Bluebonnet ily and sorors as Council; honoree of a trailblazer, van- the Killeen Area Alli- guard and pillar ance of Black School of her community. Educators; and 1996 Following in the School Volunteer of footsteps of her grandmother, who lived to be 114, and great grand- mother, who lived past 100 years of age, Soror Wil- liams has used her years wisely. Raised by her parents George and Josephine Abercrombie on a farm in McGregor, Texas, Soror Wil- liams had the meaning of hard Soror Julia Abercrombie Williams is the pictured here work and a sense (THIRD FROM THE LEFT IN THE BACK ROW WEARING A STRIPPED BODICE) with sorors. of responsibility to the community ingrained in her at an early age. Soror where she also served as chaplain Williams was only 14 years old when for several years. she began assisting her mother – who “She is an inspiration to those the Year award for was the only teacher in the communi- who know or have heard of her be- her service as a tutor in the Help One ty – teach children and adults in their cause of her long life, the beauty and Student To Succeed (HOSTS) pro- rural town. Her love for academics fol- radiance of her countenance when gram. lowed her throughout high school as you meet or see her, and the spirit Even at 105, Soror Williams’ com- she became the valedictorian of her and graciousness with which she em- mitment to education and selfl ess high school class while attending Til- braces her longevity,” said Soror Al- public service remains a positive in- lotson College. She graduated magna ice Douse, a Killeen Alumnae Chapter fl ▲ uence on the city of Killeen. 83 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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