Homegoing Services for
MS. GERALDINE W. WARE
Sunrise August 22, 1942
Sunset May 18,2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
St. Paul A. M. E. Church
2501 Shurling Drive Macon, GA
The Rever_:end Ronald Slaughter, Pastor
The Rev. Benjamin Ridley, Presiding Elder
Dr. Pam DeVeaux, Episcopal Supervisor
4 The Rt. Rev. William Phillips DeVeaux,
He Only Takes the Best
GOD saw she was getting tired, And a cure was not to be.
So HE put HiS arms around her, And whispered, "Come with ME. "
With tear-filled eyes, we watched Her suffer andfade away.
Although we loved her dearly, We could not make her stay.
A garden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands put to rest. GOD broke our hearts to prove to us
HE only takes the best.
Order of Service
Processional & "Parting Glance"
Solo ................................................................ Charity Dickey
Prayer ofConsolation .... The Reverend Christopher Cabiness Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Macon
Liturgy ofthe Word Old Testament ................ Presiding Elder Benjamin Ridley Macon/Milledgeville District New Testament .......... The Reverend David Stanley, Pastor Union Baptist Church, Macon
Selection .......................................................... Chancel Choir
Silent Reading ofSummarium
Remarks: (Three Minutes, Please) .. .. ...... Sis. Patricia Walker Bro. Joseph Lindsey Sis. Dorothy Lamar
Solo .................................................... Sis. Katina F. Cabiness
Eulogy ........................ The Reverend Terence R. Gray, Pastor St. Mark A. M.E. Church, Orlando, FL
Interment ............................. Woodlawn Memorial Park, Inc. Macon
GERALDINE "GERRI" WILLIAMS WARE was born August 22, 1942, in Jones County, Georgia, to the parentage of Mr. Eddie and Mrs. Annie Whidby Williams. Her father preceded her in death. Gerri was called home to rest Friday, May 18, 2007.
Geraldine accepted CHRIST at a young age. She joined New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Macon, and was a member ofthe Choir, a Sunday School teacher and worked with the Youth Department. Several years later, she joined Saint Paul A.M.E . Church and was an active member until her death. "Working and believing in the LORD and receiving your just reward" was her motto. At Saint Paul, she served as a former Trustee, member of the Chancel Choir, the Stewardess Board, The Progressive Women's Club and worked with the Clothing Bank and the Christian Education Department. She also believed in the . beautification ofher church and worked on the committee to decorate the church during the holiday seasons.
Geraldine was a 1960 graduate of Peter G. Appling High School, where she participated in many activities, such as captain of the basketball team. She received many superlatives including that of wearing the crown of Ms. Peter G. Appling. After graduating from high school, she attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Science Degree. She furthered her education with a Master's Degree in Education from then Atlanta University, now known as Clark-Atlanta University. As a renowned educator in the Bibb County, GA School System, she received many certifications. She started her teaching career in the Bibb County School System where she had an illustratious career for 31 years. She taught Biology and Physical Education at Ballard-Hudson High School and was also
the Assistant Coach for the girl's basketball team. She taught Adult Basic Education at Dudley Hughes for many years. During her early career she was a dance instructor at Booker T. Washington Community Center and served as the dance coordinator for the annual Debutante Ball (teaching young ladies ofsociety the waltz and the minuet).
During her lifetime she received many accolades for
community and educational services. She was a member ofthe
Georgia and Bibb County Associations of Educators, a PT Alliance Award Recipient and an active participant in the Relay
for Life. During her tenure as Principal of Butler School, she became a dedicated supporter ofthe Georgia Special Olympics.
M She was a former president of the Chautauqua Social Club
where she was active until her death. Geraldine received the
M Teacher of the Year Award from the Bibb County School
System. As an advocate and voice of education with a passion
A for \ler children, she was recognized with many awards for
exemplary services to the developmentally disabled
Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Annie Whidby Williams; two sisters, Paulette W. Davis of Macon, Georgia and Patricia
W. Davis.ofEllenwood, Georgia; two brothers, Edward (Karen)
M Williams and Donnell (Patricia) Williams, both of Macon; one
nephew Damon J. Williams ofMacon; four nieces, Courtney A.
Davis of Rex, Georgia, Ashley Nicole Williams and Jimese
Alexia Davis ofMacon, Georgia and Sheree Hall of Columbus,
Georgia; two great-nephews, aunts, cousins and many devoted
Do not stand At my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand Winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight On the ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn's rain.
When you awaken In the morning hush,
I am the swift, Uplifting rush Of quiet birds In circled flight.
I am the soft stars That shines at night.
Do not stand At my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Harold D. Bell
John H. Davis
We are deeply appreciative of the acts of kindness shown to us during this time. You will never know how much the kind words, prayers and deeds have
helped us. We say Thank You and may GOD bless you. The Family ofGeraldine W. Ware
St. Paul A.M.E. Church Fellowship Hall 989 Morrow Avenue; Macon
Mortuary Services and Arrangements entrusted to:
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2233 Anthony Road, West @ Henderson Drive Macon, Georgia 31204-5823 Phone: 478-788-4300