Irene Williams
Irene Williams
  • October 8, 1940 - November 3, 2017
  • Norfolk, Virginia

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Irene Williams age 77, passed away on November 3, 2017 in Hampton Roads, Virginia. She was born on October 8, 1940 to the late Mamie Lee Walker and Charlie Holloman Jr., in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Her husband, RETSGM Rufus "Rudi" Williams of 49 years, preceded her in death on 16 December 2008. Irene was instrumentally dedicated and supportive to her professionally high-performance husband and his Department of the Army career at the time he became the Army's 1st Black Photojournalist; Stars and Stripes Bureau Chief, Bremerhaven, Germany; Associated Press and Department of Defense Newsman; and the Broadcast Media.

Irene's lifetime professions were in Banking, Finance & Accounting at the time of her and her husband's retirement together in 2006. She lived her life exclusively contented with her immediate family of husband, daughter and treasured grandchild for over 50 uninterrupted years since her marriage to Rudi in 1959. Irene enjoyed family vacations, shopping, cookbooks, farmers markets and watching Westerns with her husband.

She is survived by a loving daughter Sharon Williams and loving grandson Rudy Williams. Irene has a brother, Emmett Summers, sisters, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services are pending and under the care of Smith and Williams Funeral Home, 4889 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Burial will follow at a leter date at Arlington National Cemetery. You may offer your condolences at