My condolences goes out to the family of the late Rev. Lynice R. Williams.
Obituary: Lea Funeral Home
Rev. Lynice R. Williams
The Rev. Lynice R. Williams was born, to the late Ira and Mary Ramsey on December 8th, 1948. She was raised in Queens NY.
Rev. Williams is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years the Rev. James Williams Sr., two children Latrece Williams-McKnight (Lynn), Chesapeake VA, and James Williams Jr. (Mirenda) Raleigh N.C.; one sister Iris Ramsey-Robinson (fort Worth, Texas) three brothers; Manior Ramsey (New York, N.Y), Paul Ramsey (Phylis) Hempsted, N.Y, Harold Ramsey (Vicki) Brooklyn, NY; five grandchildren Lynice McKnight, Lynn McKnight Jr., China Diamond,Trinity Williams, James Williams lll; two great grandchildren Kynneth McKnight and Jenell Valez; two God children Akiba Hausson Byrd Jr, Jai Ali Byrd and a host of nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
She was a faithful Disciple and Minister at Christian Faith Baptist Church where she served as Chair of the Aids Ministry.
Rev. Williams was the Executive Director of NC Fair Share for 24 years. NC Fair Share was established in 1987 to bring together people within communities impacted by injustice in health care, the environment, the economy and voting rights to work on their own behalf for solutions to these issues toward a fairer NC.
NC Fair Share members fought and won numerous victories including forcing Edgecombe County to reopen health care clinics to serve those in need in their community, push the Town of Holly Springs to extend water and sewer lines to communities whose water was contaminated, worked with coalition partners to enact the Judicial Public Campaign Financing legislation. Fair Share was a Historic Thousands on Jones Street partner organization and a key partner that fought for the Healthcare Reform Act to be passed. Rev. Williams initiated and led the four year statewide campaign to win Same Day Registration (SDR) at Early Voting Sites in 2007, the first legislation of this kind to become law in the South.
A lasting legacy of Rev. Williams work at North Carolina Fair Share will be all that she and the organization have done to champion health care access and justice for all North Carolinians. She and the organization worked tirelessly and effectively in the community and at the legislature to promote quality, affordable health care for all, expand health care access in rural areas,address persistent racial disparities, and expand coverage for women, children and all those unable to afford this basic human right.
It took more than 100 years of trying to win health care reform, and Rev. Williams was one of the tireless and committed leaders who did so much to make it happen. That’s an accomplishment, and a legacy, that anyone who believes that everyone should get their fair share would be proud to call their own.
Rev. Williams is a board member of the NC Council of Churches, the founder of NC Environmental Justice Network, co-founder of the NC Welfare Reform Collaborative that helped welfare recipients shape the welfare reform legislation, and Grassroots Energy Alliance. She has received numerous awards including Raleigh News and Observer’s “Tar Heel of the Week” and The Independent Weekly’s “Citizen’s Award,” and NC Fair Share was named a 2007 NC Justice Center “Defender of Justice” in the category of Grassroots Empowerment.
Rev. Lynice Williams was a champion. She believed deeply and fought passionately for health care as she knew it to be a human right. She had deep love for our community. She insisted that those impacted by the problem be at the table to craft the solution. She was gracious and loving. She always had a smile to offer and a kind word of encouragement. The movement for justice and liberation and human rights has lost one of its Generals. She will be missed.
Her services will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at Christian Faith Baptist Church. The viewing will begin at 11:00 am and the funeral services will start at 12:00 noon.