Doris Faye Williams, 79, passed away on the morning of August 14, 2023 after a long battle with cancer.
Doris recently moved to Groesbeck, Texas, from Savannah, Georgia, where she lived for several years. Born on February 13, 1944, in Chesapeake, Virginia, Doris spent much of her childhood in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
As a young woman, she married early and had three children: Stewart Eugene Miller, Brent Lamar Miller and Pamela Kay (Miller) Hatley. She loved her children dearly and spoke of them often. On December 8, 1978 she married the love of her life, Norman Williams. They spent the next 42 years sharing their life together until last year when the Lord called him home. When Norman and Doris were married, Norman brought three children to the marriage, Lynn Williams, David Williams and Machelle (Williams) Marchant.
Norman was born in Hardeeville, South Carolina, where he spent the majority of his life. He served in the US Army Reserves for over 20 years, retiring as a major. He concurrently worked for the Dixie Crystal Imperial Sugar Company, retiring after working there for over 40 years. Immediately following his retirement, Norman and Doris moved to Florida to begin the next chapter of their life. After 10 years, they moved back to Savannah, Georgia.
Doris was no stranger to hard work and spent a number of years working as a waitress and manager until becoming the owner of the seafood restaurant Pier 17. She took great pride in her work and becoming the owner of her own business was one of her lifelong dreams.
Doris was extremely close to her sister, Virginia. Before losing her to pancreatic cancer in 1989, they took advantage of every opportunity to spend as much time together as possible. Doris and Norman traveled to Virginia many times each year to vacation with Virginia and her husband, Jack.
Some of her favorite pastimes included dancing, gardening, fishing and in her last days she enjoyed doing Quotefall puzzles. She was a woman of unshakable faith. She enjoyed studying the Bible daily, watching the Jimmy Swaggart Network and spending time with her best friend of 40+ years, Holly Humbert. Doris’ face always lit up anytime Holly was around. This was evident when Holly surprised Doris with a visit to Texas earlier this year when she was able to spend two weeks with her.
Since the beginning of this year, Doris was in the care of Hospice by Community Healthcare of Texas. The nurses, staff and doctors have truly been a blessing to her and her family. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank them as well as the staff at Skilled Care Of Mexia for their love and kindness. Doris enjoyed getting to know each person who provided care for her and she loved each and every one of them like family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph D. Morris and Lillian Pearl (Winn) Needham; stepdad Henry Needham; her siblings Bobby Morris, Norman Morris, Joe Morris, Gene Morris and Virginia Bass; her stepson, David Williams; and her husband, Norman F. Williams.
She is survived by her two sons, Stewart Eugene Miller and Brent Lamar Miller as well as her daughter, Pamela Kay Hatley and her husband, John Hatley. Her Step daughters, Lynn Williams and Machelle Marchant, and her husband Ike Marchant. Her grandchildren are: Meghan Miller, Courtney Latsch, Shane Stevens, Wade Stevens, Crystal Page, Daniel Miller, Nathaniel Miller, Mitchiel Miller, Mykiel Miller, Lathan Miller; along with many great grandchildren, nieces, nephew, cousins and friends.