Rosie Frances Curry Crenshaw-Williams

Published 4:11 pm Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mrs. Rosie Frances Curry Crenshaw-Williams, 79, of Atmore, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and devoted Christian peacefully surrendered to the Savior’s call on Saturday, June 14, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

She was a native and longtime resident of Escambia County, Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Escambia County Training School and a member of the Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church in Nokomis. She very active in church as she served as president of the choir and a Sunday School teacher. She had a love and passion for singing and often rendered solos and gospel selections throughout this area.

Mrs. Rosie had worked as a presser in the dry cleaning industry. First, she worked many years with Joy Cleaners, and then lastly worked for many years at the Corner’s Cleaners until she retired in 2009.

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Those who preceded her in death include a daughter, Elaine Brown; a son, Willie Clarence Crenshaw; her parents, Woodrow and Rosie Curry Sr.; her sisters, Mary Crenshaw-Evans, Irene Coleman, Ethel Mae Bowen, Josephine Lewis, Lucy Curry and Catherine Curry; and her brothers, Eddie Lee Curry and Woodrow Curry Jr.

Those who are left to cherish and embrace her legacy are her husband, Elmore Williams Jr. of Atmore; six daughters, Elmara Ezell and Helen Crenshaw, both of Philadelphia, Pa., Joyce Crenshaw, Gwen Crenshaw and Alma Renee Crenshaw, all of Atmore, and Veronica (Steve) Jenkins of Pensacola, Fla.; seven sons, Charlie Crenshaw Jr., Calvin Crenshaw, Anderson Crenshaw, Gilbert Crenshaw and Jerome Crenshaw, all of Philadelphia, Oneal Crenshaw and Winston Crenshaw, both of Atmore; three sisters, Louise (Bishop Andrew) Hawthorne of Nashville, Ariz., Elizabeth (Jimmy) McPherson and Savannah Curry of Atmore; four brothers, Willie (Mary) Curry, Samuel (Betty) Curry, Aaron ( Marjorie) Curry and Melvin Curry, all of Atmore; 53 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Empowerment Tabernacle Christian Center with the Rev. Dennis K. Stephens, pastor of the Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church in Nokomis, celebrant, and Overseer Darryl North, host pastor.

Retirement of her remains will be in the Mt. Shiloh Cemetery. Public viewing will be held from 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and her body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service with Turner Funeral Chapel, LLC, directing.