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"There's an old local saying that goes 'you ain't heard the gospel sung until you've heard Jewell Fay Williams sing it!'" Jervis continued. Williams was born in London on Aug. 4, 1925 — four years before the Great Depression. "She and her family got through the Depression with a lot of prayer and hard work," said Jervis. Williams woke ear- ly every morning helping with chores on her family farm. She then walked six miles with her sisters and brother from her childhood home on Old Whit- ley Road to London Elemen- tary School, regardless of the weather. Williams later met her hus- band, Vic Williams, at a skating rink. She started as a member of Corinth Baptist Church, but she switched to Carmichael Community Church because Vic's father founded it and served there as a reverend. Williams stayed home with Vic's parents as he was serv- ing in World War II. "That's how the singing got started. She and Vic's two sisters started the Williams Family Quartet," explained Jervis. The group would sing at local churches and festi- vals. Throughout the '40s and Congratulations to all the Award Recipients! Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 • Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening • TB Program Programing • Tobacco Dependence, Treatment and Counseling • Diabetes Prevention Services • Environmental Services • Family Planning Program • Sexually transmitted Diseases/HIV Services • HANDS Program • Immunizations • WIC • Medical Nutrition Therapy Counseling Services • Public Health Preparedness Program • Preconception Health Care • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program • Well Child/EPSDT Pediatric and Adolescent Program