The fourth of twelve children, Marie Williams Marable was born on November 20,
1918, in Ware County (Fairfax), Georgia to Elerie Donnie Williams, Sr. (deceased)
and Leola Baldwin Williams (deceased). The product of a farming community, she
was a life-long resident of Ware County. She and her beloved husband of 61 years,
Zennie Marable (deceased), were blessed with four children. The youngest child,
Mary Frances, preceded her mother in death.
Sister Marable accepted Christ at around the age of 12, joined the Oak Grove
Baptist Church in Ware County (Telmore), Georgia, and was baptized in the Satilla
River. As a high school student, she attended Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in
Waycross, Georgia, under the pastorate of Reverend Grant Roberts. During that
time, she participated in the Mission Circle and the choir. After her marriage in
December, 1941, she joined St. Paul and was a very active member, serving as a
Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Women’s Day Chairperson,
member of the Senior Circle, the Ladies Bible Class, and the Deaconess Board. In
1989, she was selected as “Active Mother of the Church,” a position she held until
her health began to fail in recent years. She was then granted the title, “Mother
Sister Marable was a graduate of Center High School in Waycross and attended
Georgia State College (now Savannah State University). She received a license to
teach elementary grades, and as a young adult, was employed by the Ware County
School System. However, after her marriage, she became a full-time housewife and
mother. During the summer months, she canned and froze vegetables and made
fruit jellies, jams, and preserves. After her youngest child entered college, she
returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional in the Ware
County Schools. A strong proponent of education, Sister Marable encouraged
continual learning because “You are never going to know all there is to be known.”
She enjoyed sharing various lessons, including those on rearing children as she
advised parents to stick to God’s plan as taught in Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child
in the way he should go ….” A source of pride was that each one of her four children
earned college degrees.
As a member of the Waycross community, she volunteered with the American Red
Cross, was a founding member of the Northside Garden Club and an award-winning
grower of camellias.
After celebrating a long and blessed life of 103 years and 22 days, Mother Marable
peacefully ascended to her Heavenly home on the afternoon of Sunday, December
Left with cherished memories are her children - Bettye Marable Gilbert, Decatur,
GA; William Z. Marable, Sr., Ellenwood, GA; and Greta Marable Glenn, Ellenwood,
Ga; daughter-in-law - Maudell J. Marable, Decatur, GA; four grandchildren - William
Z. Marable, Jr., Ellenwood, GA; Michael J. Marable, Sr. (Keisha) Chula Vista, CA;
Audrey M. Marable, Stone Mountain, GA; and Caroline M. Glenn, Ellenwood, GA; four
great-grandchildren – Chaz Z. Jackson, Emily, Michael, Jr, and Kiera Marable; two
brothers – Bill R. Williams and Alexander Williams of Waycross, Ga; two sisters –
Ocie W. Slaughter, Atlanta, GA and Martha W. Silas, Decatur, GA; sister-in-law –
Alice J. Williams, Blackshear, GA. Also remaining are a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
Visitation Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 4-6 pm at Fluker Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 16, 2021, 2:00 pm at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Viewing will be held from 12:00 - 1:30 pm at the church prior to service.
Final and most sacred arrangements are entrusted to the professional care of Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross, Georgia.