Brenda Cooke Williams

Brenda Cooke Williams
March 9, 1954 – January 1, 2021

Funeral services for Brenda Cooke Williams will be held on the side lawn of Camden First United Methodist Church at 2 PM on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Mask are required at the service and at the viewing that will take place from 3 PM to 6 PM on Monday, January 4, 2021 at Collins Funeral Home.

“God’s way may twist and turn, our hearts may throb and ache, but in our souls’ we are glad to know, God makes no mistakes.”

Brenda Cooke Williams was born on March 9, 1954 in Camden, South Carolina to the marital union of the Late George Cooke and Louise Smith. She attended Kershaw County Schools and matriculated and graduated from Midlands Technical College in 1974.

Brenda was reared in a Christian home. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. She became an extremely active member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church. With the merger of Trinity and Macedonia, she continued to give her unselfish support to the Camden First United Methodist Church. She served faithfully as Chairperson of SPPRC, Administrative Council, and found great joy from singing in the choir to lifting the spirts of others with kind words.

Brenda was a devoted employee to Kershaw County Schools in many capacities. She spent many devoted years as the Administrative Assistant of Camden Middle School under the Leadership of Principal, Mary Clark, former Mayor of Camden, South Carolina. Under her leadership they developed a close relationship which aided in her advancement to her District position. She ended her tenure as Administrative Assistant of Food Services for the Kershaw County School District Office for over 20 plus years.

In the Mid 2000’s, Brenda health started a turn. She was diagnosed with Stiff-Person Syndrome. As she walked her medical journey, she never grew weary and knew who had the final answer. Brenda had the faith of a mustard seed, no matter what obstacle came upon her she knew God was able to fix it. In 2017, Brenda was faced with yet another obstacle of being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, after 1 year of treatment she WON the fight and rang that bell. She was a Breast Cancer Survivor!! She continued to be a joy and inspiration to others by finding ways to engage with others thru the usage of phone conversations, Church attendance when able, family, and forms Social Media, especially Facebook.

God knew she was needed for her appointed time. In that time God shared his grace and glory through her existence and once again keep us in awe over the goodness of God. “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand. I am tired, I am weak, and I am worn,” we can only imagine she sung in her heart as she bid us farewell. God in his infinite beauty and wisdom, took her hand in the early morning hours of January 1, 2021.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents George and Louise Cooke. A sister, Bettye C. Wingate and a brother, George Michael Cooke.

The world has been a brighter place because of her contributions. May we continue to let her light shine through her legacy of love. Celebrating her love are her loving children, a son Brandon (Melissa) Williams of Camden, South Carolina and daughter ‘her babygirl ’ Brittany C. Williams of Lugoff, South Carolina: A sister that unselfishly cared for her, Doris Ann Cooke of Camden, South Carolina; a brother Kenny Cooke of Columbia, South Carolina. A loving grandson, Bryce Mykal Williams of Camden, South Carolina; A devoted Goddaughter, Krystal (Jermaine) Nelson of Lugoff, South Carolina; Best Friend Claudette Thomas of Rembert, South Carolina; Special Sister Debra Dixon of Columbia, South Carolina; Adopted Daughter and Granddaughter, LaTrisha and Bailey Bracey living in the home. Five nephews Earnest (Harriet) Wingate, Derrick Wingate, Gregory (Robin) Cooke, Maurice (Carrie) Cooke, Marcus (Gabby) Peel-Cooke. Four nieces, Terri (Warren) Wingate Lewinson, Renee Bennett, Kendra (Chad) Dixon – Cooke Moten, Ashley Cooke. A special cousin, Ms. Mell Jones. A host of great nieces and nephews, cousins’ other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service

JAN 5. 2:00 PM (EST)
Camden First United Methodist Church
704 W. Dekalb
Camden, SC 29020

Interment

JAN 5 (EST)
Cedars Cemetery
701 Campbell Street
Camden, SC 29020

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