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Obituary for Rebecca "Becky" Howard Williams
Rebecca “Becky” Howard Williams died on August 6, 2016 at the age of 87. Becky grew up in Putnam County, graduated from Eatonton High School in 1945, and from Auburn University in 1948 earning a degree in business administration. After graduation she moved to Cobb County Georgia where she worked and lived for over 65 years. She was elected Clerk of State Court in 1976 and re-elected to that office for five terms serving until her retirement in 1993. Becky was known around Cobb County for “her ability to get the job done.” Becky, who was active in many Cobb County professional organizations, was chosen as the first “Mrs. Cobb County” by the Smyrna-Oakdale Moose Lodge for service to her job and community. She was elected as the Woman of the Year, Cherokee Rose American Business Women's Association, in 1980 and the Boss of the Year in 1983. At that time, she was only one of two elected female State Court Clerks in Georgia. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners proclaimed September 12, 1990 as "Becky Williams Day" in recognition of her "long-standing service to the county, cooperative attitude and commitment to her work and fellow employees." Her service to her community did not end with retirement. She remained active in the Cobb County Retirees Association and continued to help others often by providing transportation for appointments and meals. Becky was known by all for her love of cooking and one of her greatest pleasures was sharing food with others. She twice published a cookbook of favorite recipes which family and friends enjoyed receiving not only for the recipes but also for the personal messages and tips on cooking she included. Even as illness sapped her energy, she remained focused on living enjoying visitors and her passion for reading. Becky was preceded in death by her mother Amelia Marshall Howard, her father John Poole Howard, and her brother J.P. (Sonny) Howard. She is survived by first cousins Patricia “Cissie” Brown, Jim Marshall and wife Nancy, Richard Marshall and wife Marlene, Jana Thompson and husband Tony, an aunt Hilda Marshall, and sister-in-law Carolyn Whiting; as well as many other family and friends. A memorial service will be held September 10th at 11:00 at Harmony Baptist Church, 120 Harmony Church Road, Eatonton Georgia. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a church or charity of your choice.