Angela Williams was the daughter of Thelma Tuten Wallace and Eddie James Wallace Sr. She was born in Beaufort County Hospital in Washington, N.C., on April 16, 1960. She went into eternal rest on February 25, 2024, at Accordius Health Rehabilitation Center in Mooresville, N.C., after an extended illness.

Angela was a graduate of Farmville Central High School Class of 1978. She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. Class of 1982. She pledged the Beta Kappa chapter of Delta Sigma Theta while at Livingstone and was active in the Hickory Alumnae Chapter. She received her master’s degree from the University Of Charleston in 2014 in Strategic Leadership.

She moved to Statesville, N.C., in 1983 with Deborah and Vickie Ramsuer to work at Barium Springs in Troutman, N.C. Further in her career in social work she moved to work with the Iredell County Department of Social Services. She became a Supervisor of Foster Care and Adoptions in under five years of being there and then became the Program Administrator/Assistant Director of Social Services before retiring in 2022. She served over 32 years working with the county.

She was an active member of Zion Wesley AME Zion Church in Troutman, N.C., where she served as a deaconess, missionary, praise and worship leader, and Sunday School teacher. She was a former member of Metropolitan AME ZIon church in Washington, N.C., where she sang in the choir and served on the usher board. Ms. Jimmie Lou Scott of Troutman encouraged her to join Zion Wesley after meeting at Barium Springs. She was a mother figure to Angela until her passing in 2012.

Angela was a Girl Scout troop leader, starting in Washington, N.C., and when she moved to Statesville, she continued to work with different local troops to help young ladies in the community earn their badges.

Angela loved to sing and was a prominent member of Steve Wilson and The Love Centered Choir. She joined in and served as the call responding secretary, assistant announcer, and on the planning committee. She also sang soprano. She was very close to Lydia Lowe of Love Centered as well as the entire Wilson Family. This year celebrates her 40th anniversary of being in the choir.

She was the baby out of 10 children. She is survived by her one and only child, her pride and joy, Sydney Williams. Her two remaining sisters are Gloria M. Laws of Winterville, N.C., and Linda Wallace-Street of Washington, N.C. She is also survived by her cousin/brother, Eric Whitaker of Washington, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Thelma Mae Tuten Wallace and Eddie James Wallace Sr., her brothers, Herbert Wallce, Eddie James Wallace Jr., William Thomas Blount, William Earl Tuten, amd William Joseph Wallace, and her sisters Dorothy Louise Long and Vernetta Elizabeth Wallace Victor.

Upon moving to Statesville, Rufus and Catherine Heaggans adopted Angela into their family. The Heaggans took care of Angela and became her home away from home. This family developed her relationship with her best friend, Sylvia Heaggans. (Gamble as they called each other). For over 40 years, mommy recognized her as the peanut butter to her jelly. Sylvia is also my Godmother and Zollie Young was my Godfather. Shérelle Vines (Nikki) and Nicholas Ramsey are recognized as Angela’s children too as she helped raise them into adulthood  and was Sylvia’s most loved friend.

Mommy had a number of friends and family in this community, but her most cherished memories will be with her friends and family that she made here in Statesville and beyond, including Sylvia Young, Linda Lackey, Sharon Daniels, Yvette Smith (All DSS and lifelong close friends), Laura Tucker (Sydney’s, God mother and Angela’s best friend/mother figure from Washington, N.C.), LindaPearl (childhood best friend, Washington, N.C.), and so many more! I also want to acknowledge Shayna Rouson (they spoke everyday lol) who was like a daughter to my mother who she also called a friend. Mrs. Rouson loved Angela as if she were her own and never strayed away. I want to thank these people for being a prominent piece of my mother’s life and legacy. Thank you for holding her close and allowing me to be a part of the journey.

Rutledge & Bigham Funeral Home is serving the family.

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