Georgia Mae (Williams) Kirby was born in Earle, Arkansas on July 6, 1927, to Wash Williams and Agnes (Washington) Williams. Later in life, she relocated to Poplar Bluff, MO and spent many years there until finally relocating and settling in Benton Harbor, MI in 1967. Georgia held multiple jobs throughout her lifetime including the local hospital, V-M Corporation, and Sanitary Cleaners just to name a few but she enjoyed none more than her role as a Foster Grandparent working with Benton Harbor Area Schools. Georgia enjoyed cooking and did most of her baking from scratch.
Later in life, Georgia founded a gospel group initially called Freewill Gospel Singers (Now known as The Faithful Travelers). The group was active until her passing with friends and family as members throughout the years. She was a devoted Christian and had a zero-tolerance attitude. Ms. Georgia DID NOT play.
Georgia had 15 children to cherish her memories. She leaves behind 5 sons Lawrence Bell, Samuel Williams, Terry Williams, Michael Kirby all of Benton Harbor, MI, and Calvin Smith of Poplar Bluff, MO. She also leaves behind 5 daughters Ruthie (Mark) McClinton, Margaret Cross, Diane (Jeff) Clark, Vera Davis, and Regina Kirby all of Benton Harbor, MI. She also leaves her siblings Wallace Williams of West Memphis, AR, Albert Horn, Pearline Williams, and Rosie Williams of Poplar Bluff, MO. Georgia also leaves behind 42 grandchildren 77 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren, special friends Iris ‘Peggy’ Melvin, Velma Shaw, Eddie Mae “Tiny” Atkins, and Dorothy McComb as well as godchildren Marilyn (Crayton) Sanders and Ruthie Davis. Many other family and friends will mourn the loss and remember the life of Georgia.
Georgia was preceded in death by her children: Steve Kirby, James Baker, Larry Baker Sr, and Mary Kirby as well as her siblings: Walter Williams, Arthur Williams, Jake Williams, Willie Williams, Robert Williams, and Sadie Williams. She is also preceded by her brother in law Otis Williams, sister-in-law Mary Williams, granddaughter Mikela Kirby and 2 great-grandchildren Tamera Williams and Lillian Dennis.
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