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Rev. Nathaniel Williams

The Governor of South Carolina advises to limit public gatherings to 50 guests or less to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC carefully considered this recommendation and ask that additional guest please participate via live-streaming if it is authorized by the family.

Private Funeral service for Reverend Nathaniel Williams, Sr. will be conducted 12 Noon Friday, April 24, 2020 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St., Florence. Interment will follow in Flat Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Reverend Nathaniel Williams, Sr was born on September 2, 1938 in Darlington, South Carolina to the late Sylvester Williamson and Annie Jackson. After a brief illness, Nathaniel was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 17, 2020.

Nathaniel, affectionately known as Nat or Nae, was educated in Darlington School System. He attended Mayo High School, where he was a star athlete and was great at every sport he played. He was one of the first to be inducted into Mayo High School Hall of Fame from the Class of 1959. After High School, he went to Trade School and became a licensed Barber.

In 1962, Nat relocated to New York City, where he met and married Lillian Marie Lane and celebrated more than 50 years of marital bliss.

Nat was employed with Route Messenger Service as a driver and retired in 2005, after 33 years of service.

In 1991, Nat was called into the Ministry. After many years of training and guidance at The Evening Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend W.L. Lundy, he was ordained to the title of Reverend. He served as Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York for 5 years.

In 2013, Nat and Lillian decided to head back to the south and relocated in Fayetteville, North Carolina. They found a new church home at The Outreach for Jesus Christian and Education Center, where Reverend Dorothy Batts is Pastor.

Nat was a very family oriented and kind man. His home was always filled with love, laughter and a good meal. The man who nicknamed himself “Mr. Pitiful” will truly be missed.

Nathaniel is predeceased by his father, Sylvester Williamson; mother, Annie Jackson; seven brothers; and three sisters, whom he loved dearly. Nathaniel leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Lillian; eight children to include five bonus children, Travis Ray, Nathaniel Williams, Jr. and Tricia Williams all of Brooklyn, New York, Linda Reed of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Henry Harley, Jr. of Richland, Missouri, Janice Alston of Willingboro, New Jersey, Joyce Harley of Bronx, New York and Kenny Potts of Middletown, New Jersey; twenty-six grandchildren, two of whom heraised as his own, Wayne Reed and Su'nae Williams; two brothers, Solomon Williamson, Sr. (Lee) and Walter Williamson (Lizzie) all of Darlington, South Carolina; three sisters, Lottie Tedder, Lugenia Timmons (Charles) and Dorothy Coleman; seven brothers- in- law; and an host of nephews; nieces; and cherished friends, who became family.

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My deepest condolences Joann Dilligard

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

The dixon family have the family in our prayers may god give y'all strength and healing love you guy

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I was in disbelief when I heard the news that Uncle Nat finished his assignment. Lots of fun and loving memories to last me until we meet again. May the family enjoy his legacy and keep the party going. Love y'all. Celethia aka Kitty

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Condolences from the Durett clan... I will always remember your greeting. "OLE DARRAL" I will always love and miss my "UNK NAT" until we meet again!!!

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Family, Praying God's comfort and peace continue to be with you all. Rev. Williams was a true man of God who didn't mind preaching the Word of God! He will truly be miss by many. God bless you all! - Evangelist Graves and Family

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Family, Praying God's comfort and peace continue to be with you all. Rev. Williams was a true man of God who didn't mind preaching the Word of God! He will truly be miss by many. God bless you all!

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sending my deepest condolences to my family uncle Nat Will be truly missed but never forgotten love y'all all if u need me I'm here for u all Cavin

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Tricia (Miss"T") In every message of comfort, In every word of concern and every expression of love, May you feel the compassion and caring of a faithful God who knows your every need and will continue to sustain you all through this time of deepest sorrow. We Love You dearly, The Spann Family

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Praying for strength & comfort during this time for the William's family. We love you and we are here for you. The Jackson Family Hortense, Kim. Mark, Fenyx & Karter

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

God allowed Rev Williams to a be a part of our Outreach for Jesus Church Family. We was a mentor to the men, an encouragement to the young people to get an education and a model of how a Godly man should treat his wife. He was truly a man of God and he will be missed by our congregation. May God bless and comfort the family. Coleman Family

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