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Mable Ola (Robinson) Williams

Born: Mon., Jun. 1, 1931
Died: Sat., Apr. 19, 2014


12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Apr. 27, 2014
Location: Monroe

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 28, 2014
Location: Hillcrest Cemetery

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MRS. MABLE OLA ROBINSON WILLIAMS, 82 of DETROIT, MI formerly of MONROE, NC died Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Detroit, MI.  A Graveside Service will be held 11am Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Monroe, NC.  A Public viewing will be held 12noon to 7pm Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Harris Funeral Home Chapel in Monroe.  Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Monroe is in charge.

Born June 1, 1931 in Monroe, NC a daughter of the late King David Robinson and Emma Perry Robinson, as a child, Mabel grew up active with her family in the Elizabeth Baptist Church in Monroe where she accepted Jesus Christ and it was at this church she had her first encounters with the Williams family.

As a teen bride she married her late husband of 49 years; Robert Franklin Williams, Sr. and to their union was born Robert Franklin, Jr. and John Chalmers.  Together lead by Robert, Sr. the family would become a legendary historic family of the US civil and human rights struggle and the "Black Liberation Movement". As a loving wife and mother in the 50s and 60s Mabel was caught-up in the civil rights movement for desegregation and justice.  Mabel had a compasionate and giving spirit, she was very active in community affairs even after her retirement and her intermittent health challenges she remained active, called upon to share her life experiences with many churches, academic learning institutions, grass roots organizations and confrences nationally and internationally.  In October of 2012, The Idlewild Culture Conference Center was named the Mable R. Williams Center in her honor.  

She leaves to cherish fond and loving memories to her son; John Chalmers Williams and wife Lisa, stepson Franklin Williams and grandsons; Robert F., III and Benjamin Paul Williams and great-grandaughters; Cali and Sasha Williams and brother in law John H. Williams and a host of other relatives and friends.

Much of the story of Mother Mabel's life is documented in the following mediums; The Black Scholar, Spring 2013, vol. 43 no 1/2; "Negros with Guns" by Robert F. Williams-book; "Negros with Guns" film documentary; Radio Free Dixie, the roots of Black Power, by Tim Tyson-book; www.freedomarcives.org/mabel.html; Robert F. Williams Collection, University of Michigan, Bently Historical Library and a host of online resources.

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Nicole Robinson Blakeney
   Posted Tue April 22, 2014
my deepest condolences to the Robinson-Williams family, may God bless you all.

Robert Heath
   Posted Sat April 26, 2014
My God continue to bless your family. We get prepared to lose a love one but we are never ready.

Maurice V. Williams Former Sergeant Comm Center Chief U.S. Marine Corps 1979-1986
   Posted Sun April 10, 2016
To John Chalmers Williams, Franklin Williams, Robert F. Williams III, John H Williams, Benjamin Paul Williams and the entire family of Mother Mabel

Yesterday while investigating a Lynching of 17yo Lennon Lacy in Bladenboro N. Carolina, I became familiar with the tremendous contributions of both Mother Mabel and her legendary husband Robert F Williams (Montford/Montfort Point Marine and fellow big brother in arms).
Words can't adequately express my appreciation for your family's tremendous sacrifice, but you are part of the Marine Corps family that has existed since Nov 10 1775. Your family will never be forgotten and I will pass the word about the unsung success of both Mabel and Robert F. Williams. The Marine Corps Hymn stanza states "When the Army and the Navy look upon heavens scenes, they'll find the streets are guarded by United States Marines....Robert F Williams and Mother Mabel are united in spirit and reunited in Faith and I am optimistic that they are on Guard with The Black Guard, The Montford Point Marines, Medgar Evers and The Deacons of Defense fighting the good fight for Justice and Fairness.
Your family deserve a movie on the big screen to highlight the struggle and I'm confident the Hollywood Beverly Hills NAACP executives have screenwritiers and Producers that can make it happen.
If you need to talk I can be reached at (714) 737-1529 or (714) 606-3759. Semper Fidelis
M.V. Williams (Son of Chicago)
Former Sergeant Comm Center Chief USMC 1979-1986
7108 W. Katella #366
Stanton California 90680

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