Mother Annie Joyce Williams Belcher was born in Ozark, Alabama,on October 19, 1930, to the late Deacon Dewey P. Willams and Sister Alice Nancy Casey Williams. She was the fourth of eight siblings.
She received her primary education from the first school for African Americans constructed in 1939, named Ozark Negro High School, later renamed D.A Smith High School.
She was a devoted member of The Church of God by Faith, from her youth, where her father taught the family a unique religious folk music called Sacred Harp. She grew up working in the fields, where she developed dedication and hard work.
Annie Joyce Williams and Ulysee Belcher joined in Holy Matrimony on September 23,1950. Their loving relationship lasted 44 years until his passing in 1994. This union was blessed with 8 children.
A faithful servant of God, raising a big family, she spent many years working several jobs such as selling avon, cleaning at Van Heusen and working at Vivian B. Adams school, where she was a Foster Mother. The ROCK of the family, as she held her title as a Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother.
Mother Annie Joyce Williams Belcher, departed this world peacefully on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at home with her loving family in Ozark, Alabama. Annie was 92 years old.
Mother Belcher was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ulysee Belcher, her parents; Dewey and Alice Williams, four sisters; Bernice Harvey, Gladys Bivins ,Glenny Davis, Willie Nell Lewis, two brothers ;Hewey Williams, Virgil Williams, two sons; Frank Belcher, Ulysses Belcher, grandson; Theodore Young.
She leaves to cherish her siblings Clemetine DuBose, Leon Holmes, Vanassa Holmes, sons; Frederick Dewey Belcher(Christine Bloodworth),Arthur Wade Belcher, Porter Belcher(Doris Walker)(Veola), Michael Belcher(Kelly Grove), Jeffrey Allen Belcher, daughter;Belinda Joyce Miley(Chris Miley), 19 Grandchildren, 27 Great grandchildren, 7 Great Great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.