Gertrude Williams turns 90

Gertrude Hendrix Williams’ 90 years of living life to its fullest with faith in her God, family happiness and community affection was celebrated this month. Her three children, their spouses and smiles of “grands and greats’’ were the lighted candles of congratulations and love for her at her home on Hacklebarney Road for this special birthday of June 18, 1932.

Hacklebarney Community has been Williams’ home since 1969. She and her husband Leaston Williams moved to their home from Hoboken. Both were born and reared in Hoboken, fell in love and were married in 1948. He served his country in the United States Air Force, retiring after 21 years of service. Entering the service a the age of 17, he served in Germany, the Canal Zone, North Carolina and South  Carolina. His death in April 30, 2014, caused future birthday candles to be not so bright for the family.