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The Honorable Gethrel 'Get' Wright-Williams

July 10, 1939 - February 18, 2018

Service Date: February 23, 2018

Funeral Home Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel

Interment Magnolia Cemetery

Church McCabe Roberts Avenue United Methodist Church

Friday (02/23): Visitation – 9AM; Celebration of Life Service – 11AM; McCabe-Roberts Ave. United Methodist Church; Interment – Magnolia Cemetery

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The Honorable Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright, 78, departed the mortal realm peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2018 after her battle with cancer.

She is survived by her five children, Gethrel Ardean Williams (Ruth Ann) of Austin, TX, Cornelius Darius Williams, Jr. (Marcia), Burley Scott Williams (Patricia), Lydia Elizabeth Williams of Beaumont and Cornelette Darei Howelton of Fresno, TX.  Also, her loving grandchildren, Briana, Skylar, Aurora and Maya.  She also leaves behind her aunt, Ollie Mae Graves, sister-in-law, Juanita Moorehead (Morris), beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in passing by her husband Cornelius Darius Williams, Sr., the father of her five children, second husband Clinton Wright, parents Joseph Burley Hall and Lydia Lethetta (Graves), uncle Ira and aunt Ora Mae Graves.

 “Get” grew up in the rich, vibrant community of Charlton Pollard.  This unique environment cultivated the person we knew and loved.  It was there that she formed lifelong friendships, as well as, her sense of justice and service.

 As a young person in the 1960s, she used her spirit and tenacity in the Civil Rights movement and was part of a sit-in that integrated Somers Drug store.  During her tenure with the U.S. Postal Service, she became a leader in the American Postal Workers Union, both locally and nationally.  After her retirement, she found she still had the zeal and commitment to serve in the struggle for workers’ rights.  This led her to work with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), then later form the National Alliance of Public Employees (NAPE).

 With these experiences, she began to realize there was more she could do to serve the community of Beaumont to make it a better place.  In 2007, she was elected to the Beaumont City Council as Councilmember-at-Large.  For the next 10 years, she tirelessly worked for the betterment of all.

 It was in 2014 that she found out that she was going to be on the front lines of her largest battle yet. From that time, she fought with dignity and valor to keep her foe at bay. On early Sunday, February 18, 2018, she laid down her sword and left the battlefield. Her spirit will be missed.

Services will be held Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM at McCabe Roberts Avenue Methodist Church, 1205 Roberts Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77701.  Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine Street, Beaumont, Texas 77703.

 In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to one of the following charities: Gift of Life of Beaumont, 2390 Dowlen Rd, Beaumont, TX 77706, Phone: (409) 833-3663 and/or the Sickle Cell Association of Texas – The Marc Thomas Foundation” / 314 East Highland Mall, Suite 411/ Austin Texas 78752. or Email at; or Phone: 1.800.994-HOPE (4673).

Both were causes dear to her heart.

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