Collette Bynum Williams was born on March 2, 1957, in Chatham County, North Carolina. She was the fifth child of the late George Robert and Allie Mae Bass Bynum. On March 27, 2023, the Heavenly Father called Collette home, and she entered eternal life. Collette was preceded in death by her parents George Robert and Allie Mae Bass Bynum, husband, James Williams, and brother, Hanzel Meshell Bynum.
Collette is an alum of the Chatham Central High School Class of 1975. After graduation, she briefly relocated to Rochester, New York, where she attended Monroe Community College and studied Culinary Arts. While living in Rochester, Collette continued to honor her faith by becoming a Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church member. Collette found her time in Rochester rewarding; however, she knew her true calling was back home in North Carolina. Therefore, Collette returned to Siler City, immediately becoming involved in the Chatham County community.
Collette put her collegiate studies and strong customer service skills to good use while working at various employers in the Chatham County area. Collette's cheerful personality and outgoing spirit on the job caused many to gravitate to her, and the one person who enjoyed her company and caught her eye was James Williams. James and Collette forged a marriage bond rooted in their Faith in God, love of family, and fun-filled celebrations. Collette loved James, and they enjoyed life together until his untimely death.
Through good times and sad moments, Collette continued to bring joy and light to those that knew and met her. She remained employed in the customer service field, and if you ever had the pleasure of conversing with Collette, you would walk away with a bit of pep in your step. In her most recent role as a customer service representative at Chatham PTA, Collette was an employee, mentor, and voice of reason. She made sure that she deposited a little piece of herself with each customer and employee she engaged in a transaction with.
Collette was committed to enjoying life and ensuring she brought life, love, and energy to all her family and friends. Collette enjoyed traveling. Whether at the beach or viewing Niagara Falls in Canada, Collette did not let any grass grow underneath her feet. Collette dedicated the same energy to serving those in need of support. It was not unusual to find Collette bringing food to a sick and shut-in church member, driving someone to the store who may need groceries, or just stopping by to visit someone who needed to hear a cheerful voice and see a smiling face. Collette was a beacon of light and made sure that when she left, you felt better than before she arrived. She was dedicated to her family and friends, but most of all, to the Lord. Collette has been a devout member of Roberts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Goldston, NC. She served on many committees and ensured that she continued the legacy begun by her parents, George Robert, and Allie Mae Bynum. Collette served as an Usher, a member of the Pastor's Aide/Hospitality Committee, and the Kitchen Committee. Collette was proud to be a member of the Order of Eastern Stars P.H.A. in Siler City, NC, where she could continue the legacy that was begun by her mother, who also was a member of the Order of Eastern Stars. Collette served on several auxiliary organizations in Chatham County; however, she always put her faith and family first and was committed to ensuring her love of the Lord was a priority.
Collette's spirit will continue to be uplifted and celebrated by her brother George Lee Bynum (Gay) of Goldston, NC, sisters Estella Kay Glover (Ronnie) from Rochester, NY, Diane Green, Cary, NC, her nieces and nephews Amanda, Erskine, Denise, Craig, Nikia, Chad, and Tasha, her Goddaughter Amelia, her sisters-in-law, her stepson, Rev. Darryl Johnson, special friend, close cousins, great nieces and nephews, countless relatives, and friends.
We will miss the sound of your voice, the joy of your smile, the gentle touch of your hands, the walks you took with us when we couldn't walk, and your vibrant personality. Your spirit and soul will forever live in us all.
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