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Mrs. Bobbie Williams

Mrs. Bobbie Williams Mrs. Bobbie Williams

Mrs. Bobbie Williams

Mrs. Bobbie Ryals Williams, age 90, of Vidalia, died on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness. Mrs. Williams was a native of Reidsville and was a 1949 graduate of Reidsville High School. She attended nursing school and worked for Dr. Jelks in Reidsville for many years and several years for Meadows Memorial Hospital. She and her late husband owned and managed the IGA Grocery Store in Reidsville. In 1972, she became the first woman correctional officer at Reidsville State Prison and retired after 20 years. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferdinand “Peyton” Williams, Jr.; her parents, Millard Ryals, Jr., and Vida Ola Stubbs Ryals; and 2 brothers, Bernice Ryals and Billy Ryals.

Survivors include 2 children, Lana Williams Wickstrom and husband Roy, and Dale Williams and Melanie Collins, all of Vidalia; 4 grandchildren, Denise Wickstrom Calhoun and husband Chris of Lyons, John Wickstrom and wife Cory of Vidalia, Wesley Williams and wife Heather of Lyons, and Ashley Williams of Vidalia; and 4 great-grandchildren, Jace, Payson, Eli and Parker. A graveside funeral service was held on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 3:00 p.m., in the Sunlight Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Cobbtown, with Pastor Clint Hutcheson officiating. Pallbearers were John Wickstrom, Wesley Williams, Chris Calhoun, and Doug Williams. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia, GA 30475, or Mercy Medical Clinic and Foundation, 714-1 NW, Lyons, GA 30436.

Ronald V. Hall


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