Zilphialu "Nanny" C. Williams

April 15, 1925April 24, 2013

Zilphialu Chance Williams "Nanny", 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Funeral services and a celebration of her life will be held on Monday, April 29, 2013 at Noon in the chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial will be in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Len Strozier officiating. The family will meet friends, Monday, April 29, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 886 Mulberry St., Macon GA 31201,

Mrs. Williams was born in Danville, GA to the late Silas V. and Ruby Howell Chance. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard M. Williams. Mrs. Williams was retired from Belk's after many years of service. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and the ladies Sunday School Class. Her ministry was taking care of the many shut-in's and sending handmade cards. She was a devoted and loving, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend.

She is survived by her daughters, Charlotte (Walt) Rowland of Murphy, NC, Melody (Jack) Pyles of Macon, grandchildren, Katrina Andrews (Ernie Jones), Derrick (Sharon) Andrews, Mick (Carol) Rowland, Jennifer (Aaran) Emery, Brad (Natalie) Pyles, Misti (Robert) Stanley, Mandy (Mark) Allen, great grandchildren, Kyle (Reva) Clevenger, Kayla and Kelsey Andrews, Rob and Bethany Rowland, Mason, Lily, and Nathan Chance Emery, Nicole Slay (Rick Cheatham), Melissa (Danny) Smith, Madelyn, Jackson, and Sarah Pyles, Justin, Jacob, and Sam Stanley, Macie, Maddox, Ava and Ella Allen, great-great grandchildren, Devin and Emily Clevenger, Preston Slay, and Ashley Cheatham.

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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of the arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 29, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, April 29, 2013

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January 10, 2014

Howard Williams Family, I am deeply saddened at the passing of Zilphialu. I worked with your father for many years and have stayed in touch with your Mom over the years. We have exchanged Christmas Cards every year for some forty something years. I got her card back and decided to investigate and found that she had passed away. I loved your Dad and Mom very much and miss them. I could tell you many stories. Please accept my condolences. Marcia and I loved Zilphialu very much. I know you will miss her. Gerald

Cheryl Meadows

April 30, 2013

Much love and continued prayers to you as God comforts your heart during the coming months. The service was as beautiful as Mrs Wiliiams and I am sure she was smiling and laughing as each tribute was given. I enjoyed listening to those remembering her in love . What a Tribute....what a Lady ! To God be the Glory for allowing this precious lady to touch our lives. Much love, Cheryl

April 29, 2013


Pam Mize

April 29, 2013

Condolences to Charlotte and Melody and the rest of the family. Zilphialu was a truly gracious lady.
She and Howard were good friends to my parents Rae and Florrie Preston as well as to me.
We will all miss her.

Pam Preston Mize
Rae Preston

Robyne Smith

April 29, 2013

Melissa and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Nanny will always be your Angel in Heaven. May her beautiful memories help you to heal. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy.

David Long

April 29, 2013

Walt and Charlotte,

We would like to express our deepest condolences of the passing of Mrs. Williams. Sometimes we cannot find the words to help a heart that's grieving but simply to say we are praying for your family at this time. Only Christ can give the comfort and peace we need by the power of His Holy Spirit during such a time as this. Mrs. Williams was such a energetic and upbeat person. I remember any time I would see her she always had a smile on her face. You would never know when she was having a bad day because of that beautiful smile she had. We know today she has even a bigger smile because she is in the presence of Christ no longer to suffer. In the weeks ahead we pray for God's strength and presence to carry you through this difficult time. We love you guys!

David and Dee-Dee Long and Family.

Cyndi Ferrell

April 29, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Williams passing. She was a true lady and such a gentle spirit. I know she will be missed by many!

My husband Danny Outlaw is from Danville! His granndmother was married to Burton Chance. Do we think there is a connection?

Love to all! Please take good care of each other! You are one of my most favorite families!

Waunell Sauls Holland

April 28, 2013

Charlotte and Melody my heart is sadden to hear about Aunt Zilphialu she was a very loving and special lady. All tho I cannot be there with the family my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Brenda Howell

April 27, 2013

I am sure that you don't know me, but we are related. My Granddaddy, Oren W. (Bud) Howell was Aunt Ruby's brother. Mrs. Zilphialu was one of the sweetest, kindest women I have ever met. Whenever I was around her, I always left wanting to be more like her. She was a blessing to everyone who knew her. My deepest sympathy to you all.

April 27, 2013

Memories are many from this grand lady,
she always has dessert, had a great liking for my husband and always wore a s
smile! She will be missed.
Marion Bridgeman Gray