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Samella Williams, teacher’s aide also taught Sunday school

Aug. 22, 1933 – Nov. 24, 2015

Samella Williams, a teacher’s aide and longtime Sunday school teacher, died Nov. 24 in her Buffalo home after a lengthy illness. She was 82.

Born in Hughes, Ark., the former Samella Spikes came to Buffalo with her family as a child and attended Buffalo schools.

Mrs. Williams worked as a teacher’s aide at Buffalo School 31 on Stanton Street and was a home health care provider with Ethicare.

As a teen, she sang with various choirs and groups in Calvary Baptist Church. The mother of eight, she became a member of the White Rock Missionary Baptist Church in the late 1960s and was active in numerous groups, including the Usher Board, the Nurses Guild and the Willing Workers.

She was a choir director, taught Sunday school for more than 20 years and was coordinator of the Youth Choir.

Her husband, Deacon Thomas Pete Williams, died in 1996.

Survivors include a son, the Rev. Dennis John Mull of First Timothy Missionary Baptist Church; five daughters, Beverly Jean Mull Martin, Quintella Elaine Williams Cottrell, Deborah Lynn Williams McNair, Michele D. and Patricia A.; 12 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in White Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 480 E. Utica St.

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