A life well lived was quietly called to rest on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Mrs. Elizabeth Solomon Williams, “Shortjaw”, the third of twelve children born to the late Sam and Josephine Cheek Solomon was born on Deeze Hill in rural Warren County, North Carolina on February 3, 1922. She attended Hecks’ Grove School in Warren County, North Carolina.
She worked on her father’s farm, doing the daily chores of farm life, becoming an excellent cook. She grew up in a home filled with laughter, love, children and extended family all around. Until her health failed, every Sunday after church you could enjoy a delicious homemade Sunday dinner at her home on US401. She thoroughly enjoyed her family and visits from friends. “Shortjaw”, was a very determined woman, who loved her cats and dogs, making sure they where well fed, evident by the many cans of dog food she kept in her home.
She was baptized and joined Mitchell Baptist Church, where she retained her membership after returning to North Carolina, and enjoyed attending service. She was a faithful member until her health began to fail.
Elizabeth was married to the late James Marcellus Williams and they lived in Norfolk, Virginia for many years. In the late 1980’s they returned to the family home house on US40l, where “Sailor” passed away in 1993.
Shortjaw was preceded in death by these nine siblings, and their spouses; Esther (David) Long, Samuel T. (Mozelle) Solomon, Mary (Sylvester) Champion, William Solomon, James (Lucille) Solomon, George Solomon, Martha (James) Gregory, Rosa (Willie) Wiliams and Charlie Solomon. She was the mother of two sons, Zack Solomon and Dilly Solomon, and a daughter-in-law, Diann Solomon, who also preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory: two grandchildren, LaShae Solomon and Caleb Solomon of Detroit MI, two great grandsons, William Hawkins and Caleb Solomon of Detroit MI; two sisters, Stella Carroll of Norlina, NC and Carrine (Earl) Mitchell of Oxen Hill, MD; two sisters-in-law, Martha Solomon of Henderson, NC and Bessie Solomon of Newport News, VA; many, many nieces, nephews, and numerous friends. Her voice may be silenced, but her smile and laughter will live on in our hearts.