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Sarah Ellen Williams


Funeral services for Sarah Ellen Williams will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Historic Liberty Hill AME Church, 2310 Liberty Hill Road in Summerton.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The public may view the body from 1 p.m. until the hour of service. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Palmer Memorial Chapel in Columbia, and the public may view the body from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Sarah Ellen Williams was born in Summerton, the daughter of the late Hazel Romeo Ragin and Zelia Lula Jones Ragin and was a graduate of Manning Training School in the Class of 1951. In addition to her parents, she was an original signer of the Briggs v. Elliott petition, which led to the Briggs v. Elliott lawsuit encompassed in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Surviving are three daughters, Andrietta Ragin Sims, Diane Ellen Williams and Darlene Xina (Tim) Goering; three grandchildren, Kendall Tyler Calyen, Kendra Zelia Sims and Tyler Zachary Goering; a sister, Leversa Johnson; a brother Andrew Lee (Khalilah) Ragin; and other relatives.


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