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'50, Williams' "big alto voice" could be heard live on WFTG Radio. "It was church Sunday morn- ing, then on to a gospel singing 'Dinner on the Ground' after- noon and back to their home base church, Carmichael Com- munity, on Sunday night," re- called Jervis. Throughout the group's vari- ous incarnations, Jervis esti- mates that the Williams Fam- ily Quartet sang at over 1,000 funerals — all of which for ab- solutely free. Williams would continue to sing for 50 years. She per- London’s Living Treasures Banquet 2019 formed at the Laurel County Homecoming in the park, as well as for the World Chicken Festival for its first 20 years. Many times she took to the stage with her friend Jeanette Cook, as they both shared her vocal stylings from Dottie Rambo and Vestal Goodman. Williams' voice can still be heard on several recordings between the '40s and the '70s. Her final project with the quar- tet was "Generation Next," where Williams and her grand- children traveled to churches she used to sing at as a group. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34 33