Rebecca D. Williams-Richardson, a daughter of the late Charlie and Claraetta Donaldson, was born on September 26, 1933 in Anderson, South Carolina. She departed this life on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at The Legacy at Southpointe Drive in Greenville, South Carolina.
Rebecca received her early education in the public school system of Pendleton, South Carolina. Early in life she joined Mountain Springs Baptist Church in Anderson County, where she was involved in many religious activities. She received her undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama. She graduated from Lincoln Business School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned the Master of Education degree from South Carolina State College, now University.
After moving to Orangeburg in 1963 from Waynesboro, Georgia, she was a health and physical education teacher, a counselor and administrative assistant to the principal at Wilkinson High School later named Belleville Middle School. In 1984 she was named principal of Bennett Middle School, the old Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School; at that time she was the first and only female middle school principal in Orangeburg School District Five.
During her years as principal until her retirement in 1990, Bennett Middle School’s enrollment grew from 600 to as many as 1300 students. The school received two Incentive awards, Energy Conservation awards, District Volunteer Award, Principal Leadership Award, and while working with South Carolina State College they received the State Award along with national recognition for their excellent volunteering and partnership. These awards totaled over a combined $50,000 with students and teachers receiving numerous awards as well. During her final year as principal the school received an outstanding rating and evaluation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, worked on several boards in the community during her membership at Williams Chapel A.M.E. as a financial secretary, class leader and member of the Stewardess Board, and later as a member of Trinity U.M.E..
Her motto has always been, “Give to the world the best that you have, and the best will not only help you, but will help someone else along the way. It will someday come back to you.”
She was preceded in death by her parents: first husband: Albert Franklin Williams; second husband: Bernard Richardson Sr.; three sisters: Annie Robinson, Gertrude Osby and Florine Owens; and two brothers: Isiah Donaldson and Charles Joseph Donaldson.
She leaves to cherish her memory: a son: Eric A. Williams (Ann) of Greenville, SC; one granddaughter: LaTwan Durrah (Anton); two great granddaughters: Nia and Imani; six step-children: Angela, Sharon, Darla, Susan, Bernard Jr. and Brian; one sister: Ruth Eppinger; one brother: Robert Donaldson; and a host of nephews, nieces, other loving relatives and friends.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Thursday, December 2,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home from 1:00pm until 7:00pm.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 3,2021 at Belleville Memorial Gardens beginning at 2:00pm. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.