Maye Williams passed away on November 18, 2021 at the age of 93. Maye was born on January 21, 1928 to Callie and William Cogman. She was one of 13 children. Maye graduated from Edward Waters College with an Associate Degree and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Florida A & M College in 1952. She was married to Neal Williams and lived and worked as a teacher in Greensboro, Florida, Midway, Florida, Havana, Florida, and Dade City, Florida, before settling down in Palmetto, Florida.
Maye had a teaching career that spanned 38 years. The schools were segregated when she started teaching in 1952 and they were integrated when she retired in 1991. Maye taught grades first through fifth. Her longest assignment was at Manatee Elementary where she taught second grade to the delight of many children. Maye loved and was beloved by her students and colleagues. Her hard work and dedication to her profession earned her the honor of being named Teacher of the Year atManatee Elementary two years.
Maye was a devout Christian and an active member of Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church for over 40 years. She held several leadership roles including President, United Methodist Women, Chairperson, Community Faith in Action program, Chairperson, United Methodist Women Reading program, participated in the Feed the Needy program and participated in several after school tutoring programs.
Maye is survived by her daughter, Wanda Stewart (Christopher), her son, Neal Williams II, (Felicia) grandchildren, Caleb and Camille Williams, her sister Elsie Broomfield and is preceded in death by her first child, (Michael Neal Williams). Maye leaves to mourn and cherish her legacy a multitude of nieces nephews, cousins, and a host of sorrowful friends and loved ones.
In an abundance of caution and concern regarding Covid 19,attendees will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to protect others and themselves from Covid 19. On Friday, November 26, 2021, there will be a private viewing at 3:00 p.m. for family and a public viewing from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Westside Funeral Home, 204 7th Street West, Palmetto, Florida, 34221. On November 27, there will be a private home going celebration for family and close friends at 1:00 p.m. at Rogers Community United Methodist Church, 1100 15th Street East, Bradenton, Florida 34208.