ROCK HILL -- Mrs. Josephine Williams Barnett, 86, of 902 Southland Drive, died peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at her home.
The funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at Cross Road Baptist Church, with the Rev. Maurice Watts officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
A native of Rock Hill, Mrs. Barnett was the last surviving child born to the late Paul Williams Sr. and the late Ada White Williams. She was a member of Cross Road Baptist Church.
In 1945, Mrs. Barnett moved to Chicago, Ill., as a part of the Great Migration of African Americans fleeing the South searching for what was perceived as a better quality of life. There she became a member of El Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She was employed with Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she retired in 1983. She made the decision to continue her retirement in Rock Hill and in October 1994, she came home to be served by her niece and primary caregiver, Poiny Stephens.
She is survived by one sister, Verleen Strong of Columbia, S.C.; and four generations of nieces and nephews, some of whom assisted in her care, including Joann Adams, Jeanette Adams, Mildred Burns, Poiny Stephens, Brenda Adams, Terry Gettys, David Adams, Zeanette Frazier, Chuck Burns and T.J. Frazier. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Sampson and Paul Jr. and her eight sisters, Pauline, Maxine (Sis), Ida, Mary, Arneatta, Demetria, Janie and Ada.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 29, 2007, at Robinson Funeral Home, 534 Hampton St., Rock Hill and other times at the home.