Kirksey Funeral Home


Susan Alease Williams

September 13, 1929March 30, 2021

Susan Alease (Freeman) Williams, (affectionately known as Susie or Sue) 91 years old, transitioned peacefully to eternal rest on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at her residence in Morganton, NC. The eldest of six children, Susan was born September 13, 1929 to the late Willie (Jasper) Freeman and Addie Mae (Kennedy) Freeman Thompson, in Bamberg, SC. She received her education in the Bamberg County public schools.

At an early age, she became a member and was baptized at Springtown Baptist Church in Bamberg, SC. She loved Sunday School and participated in various church activities, especially those involving food ministries. She possessed a love for cooking and enjoyed preparing food for the quarterly Union Meetings and annual Big Meetings at the church.

As a young adult, Susan migrated North to acquire better opportunities. She was employed in domestics for many years and was very instrumental in assisting with childrearing in many of the families, particularly, the Peglars and Elmo families. Her profound loving care impacted these children throughout their lives and was demonstrated to her by their many calls, visits, and gifts over the years.

Susan was a longtime active member of the Union Baptist Church in Stamford, CT. She was a member of the Helping Hands Committee, where she served in many capacities, particularly with food preparations and catering.

During this time, she met Lennie Williams, Jr. In 1956 they got married and were the proud blessed parents of three sons: Lennie, III, Curtis and Barry Williams.

In 1985 the Williams family moved to Morganton, NC. Susan pursued her love for cooking by working in local catering entities. She became interested in sewing and took lessons with Ms. Patricia Lackey, whom she admired and loved greatly. Susan became a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, where she attended and actively served on the Kitchen Committee, Red Hat Club, Young People’s Choir, Program Committee, and provided helping hands where needed in other capacities. She served faithfully until her health failed.

Susan will be remembered by her many acts of kindness and genuine love shown to many.

Cherishing her loving memories and legacy are her three sons: Lennie, III, Curtis, and Barry Williams; 6 grandchildren: Renae (Antonio) Sykes, Sean Raines, Aisha Jones, Tabitha (Brian) Hawn, Shakira Swain and Curtis J. Williams, Jr.; 4 great-grandchildren: Isaiah Williams, Kevon Jones, Antonio Sykes, Jr. and Samuel Sykes; 2 sisters: Ernestine Perdue of Denmark, SC, and Addie Gant of Bridgeport, CT; 2 specials daughters: Pandora Starr of Nassau, Bahamas and Jamie Lynn Elmore of Greenwich, CT; and a host of nephews, nieces, other family, as well as church family and friends.

Susan was predeceased by her loving husband, Lennie Williams Jr.; two sisters: Mary Alice Stroman of Denmark, SC and Gladys E. Preston of Orangeburg, SC; two brothers: Willie Freeman of Augusta, GA and Willie J. Thompson of Denmark, SC.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021 2:00 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church.

Due to COVID-19 masks and social distancing will be required

The Williams family has entrusted Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton with arrangements.


  • Receiving of Family and Friends

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


  • Interment

    Sunday, April 11, 2021


Susan Alease Williams

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Mr. Calvin Brooks

April 11, 2021

To my cousins Lennie, Curtis, Barry we all knew how much your mom touched all of our families inside and out. She’ll never be forgotten in our minds. Keep your faith and belief. She lived a long great and cherished life. She is now in the hands of our Lord. RIP cousin Sue Williams.

Tyrone Dunmore

April 11, 2021

To The Entire Williams Family I At This Time Would Like To Extend My Deepest Heartfelt Condolences, Thoughts, Reflections And Sincere Prayers With The Recent Passing And Transition Of Your Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister And Aunt Onto The Higher Life, Heaven, Eternal Life. She Also Was Like A Mother To So Many Of US Growing Up As She Carried Herself With So Much Respect, Style, Class, Dignity, Strength, Grace And Integrity. A True Woman Of GOD And An Esteemed Elder Of Faith, Courage, Conviction And Commitment To Her Family And All Her Extended Families Who's Lives She Has Touched And Blessed, Just By Her Gorgeous Presence. She Truly Is Going To Be Missed. ( What A Earthy LIFE Lived So Long Well And Wonderful. Rest In Position, Power, Purpose, Peace. (R.I.P.P.P.P)

Shirley Ross

April 8, 2021

I will miss You Aunt Sue. Our phone conversations ment so much to me. My first Cruise Aunt Sue was my roommate. What I time we had, laughs and conversations that I will hold the rest of my life. She brought me to visit a young lady she called her daughter. Thank you Aunt Sue. Your are with Uncle Lin and family. Oooh what a time you all are having Glory to God... Family I love you all, wish I could be there ❤ RIP Aunt Sue

Renee Sykes

April 6, 2021

My dearly beloved...
The days will be longer without you. My heart is heavy but my soul is at peace. No more suffering. You taught me everything I know and I will continue to carry your legacy.💔💗🙏

Marion Fortt/champion

April 4, 2021

Sue Took care of my son Timothy her son very Berry were born on the same day in the same hospital so she took care of them while I work I used to have to buy two of everything because it was like she had a pair of twins they both were born on October 25 she was the best at what she did Sue was best Freind with my aunt Mildred that is how I knew her.Berry an Tim are still friends to this day.

Belinda Vinson

April 2, 2021

Ms Williams will be missed. Our condolences and prayers go out to her family. God bless you all. Pastor Walter and Belinda Vinson.

Greta Taste

April 1, 2021

Sincere condolences to her sons and other family and friends. May you find peace, strength, and comfort in the memories you shared with your loved one.

Greta Tate

C. (Rhonda) Sparks

April 1, 2021

My deepest and sincerest condolences to Barry, Curtis, and Len in the loss of your dear, sweet Mother. Aunt Sue's LOVE to you was unconditional and ever present. May she continue to live on in your hearts and fondest memories. You are in my prayers for strength and courage during this most difficult time. I love you guys … Love your cousin ~ Rhonda

Jackie Johnson

March 31, 2021

Loved talking to Ms Williams. She was very sweet and we had fun talking to each other.. you will be missed.. I love you so much.. prayer go out to the family.. Jackie

Diann and Oscar Tate

March 31, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the family of Sister Susan Williams. May God bless you all with love, strength, comfort and peace that you will need during this most difficult time in your lives. We attended church with Sister Williams for many years. Her family remains in our prayers.