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Booker T. Williams

October 16, 1926 August 13, 2019
Booker T. Williams
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Booker T. Williams, 92. Passed peacefully on August 13, 2019 surrounded by prayer. “Booker T”, as he was affectionately called, was born in Aliquippa, PA on October 16, 1926. Booker graduated from Fifth Ave High School, served as a Private in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in October 1945 after the war ended.

After his return to Pittsburgh from California, Booker obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Duquesne University, and became an educator and civil rights activist and advocate for justice. Although he was a veteran, throughout the tragedy of the Vietnam War, Booker was always an advocate for peace and social justice and the elimination of institutional racism.

In the 1950’s, Booker relocated to Rochester, NY and taught English at Madison High School. There he was joined in Holy Matrimony with Elizabeth Whitfield and to that union was born Kim and Teryl Williams. After the divorce of his first marriage, Booker met and married Virginia Williams and to that union was born Starla and Angela Williams.
Always a prolific writer, skilled fisherman, entrepreneur and jazz aficionado, Booker and his wife owned record stores in both Rochester, NY and Kansas City, MO. After returning back home to Pittsburgh again in the 1970’s, Booker was both Program Director and interim Executive Director at the Hill House Association and worked effectively to get people employed with better wages and to improve the plight of under-served populations. Booker was a vocal advocate for greater minority employment in the visual media, the police force, corporate representation, and he was active in supporting progressive candidates across the political spectrum. In the early ‘70’s, Booker advocated for hospital workers organizing at Presbyterian Hospital and helped rally the community to show up at Soldiers and Sailors for a 1199P hospital workers solidarity rally where Coretta Scott King spoke to support low paid employees in house- keeping and dietary departments. Booker strongly supported the Pgh Community Action Program (CAP) (the forerunner of Pgh Community Services, Inc.) and Mrs. Walker who was instrumental in leading the Hill District Federal Credit Union. He was most proud and supportive of the organizing efforts that Stevie Wonder initiated to have Dr. King’s birth date rightfully declared a National Holiday.

Booker chaired, in a volunteer capacity, various working committees of the NAACP Pittsburgh Chapter over his life time with dedication and distinction including the Membership Committee, Political Action Committee, registering hundreds of people to vote over several decades. Booker retired from the PA Dept. of Education after working as a State Coordinator for PHEAA’s Act 101 program, which provides support to State schools for disadvantaged students.

Booker T. Williams is a beloved father of Kim Marie Kitra Williams (of Richmond, Virginia), Teryl Lee Williams (of Rochester, NY), Starla Jean Williams (deceased), Angela V. Williams (Pittsburgh, PA) and was the widower of Virginia Williams (deceased). Booker has three grandchildren: Jarah Gibson, Israel Williams, and Jamika Williams and two great grandchildren, Lyric Gibson and Joshua Brown Jr.

Booker T. Williams will be fondly remembered for his civil rights advocacy, sharp wit, thoughtful humor, winning smile, class and style and great concern for his loved ones. Most of all, Booker T. will be missed because he was not only a class act but a friend, confidant and a Godly man of faith who loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be Tuesday August 20th at the Jones Funeral Home 2644 Wylie Ave from 4-8pm
Funeral will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 11 am at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7220 Bennett Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208.
Burial: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 1:30pm National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 150107

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4:00 PM 8/20/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/20/2019 8:00:00 PM
Samuel J. Jones Funeral Home

2644 Wylie Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Samuel J. Jones Funeral Home
2644 Wylie Avenue Pittsburgh 15219 PA
United States





11:00 AM 8/21/2019 11:00:00 AM
Bethesda Presbyterian Church

7220 Bennett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Bethesda Presbyterian Church
7220 Bennett Street Pittsburgh 15208 PA
United States

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National Cemetery of the Alleghenies Final Resting Place

1158 Morgan Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017

1158 Morgan Road Bridgeville 15017 PA
United States

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