Janice Madden Williams Janice Madden Williams was born to Mrs. Essie Ray and Mr. Collis Madden, Sr. in Talladega, Alabama. Janice was educated in the Talladega County and Gadsden City School System.
Her life Journey in Ministry: Janice was brought up in the church, on second and third Sunday’s she attended Cave Spring Baptist Church and on the First and fourth Sunday she attended Holy Hill praising God! After moving to Gadsden, Janice joined Handy Chapel AME Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. W. E. Weston, where she sang in the choir. But she truly gave her life to Christ as a young adult at James Temple AOH Church.
Doing Ministry: Janice path took her to Albertville, where she was helping to take care of Mrs. Idell (who we called Grandma). While there she attended Allen Chapel AME Church, where she became a member under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Eric Walker. She served as a Steward, Stewardess, cook and supporter of the pastor’s: Rev. Raymond Nomel and Rev. Terrance Cato.
Her Journey in Ministry continues: Janice reunited with Handy Chapel under the Pastoral leadership of Rev. James Barnett. She continued to work with the current pastor, her sister, Dr. Betty Robinson, traveling with her, encouraging her throughout her ministry, until her health began to fail. She also supported her twin sister, Pastor Jannette Madden in ministry at Open Door Kingdom Vision in Cartersville, Georgia. Janice calling in ministry was to help the sick and shut-In, cleaning their homes, praying, cooking her famous soup, which she called” The Cure All”. She loved her family and her church.
She peacefully answered God’s call from Earth to Heaven, Friday morning August 30th. She was proceeded in death by her loving and only son, Michael Ray Madden. Her Mother and Father Essie Ray and Collis Madden, Sr., Sister, Bernice, Brothers: Jimmy and Collis. Those left to cherish her memories are: Her grandchildren: Clairalycia McFarlin, Torien McFarlin, Quaylaria McFarlin, all of Gadsden, Michael Truss, Birmingham. Her devoted Great Grandson Isaiah McFarlin; Other Great Grandchildren: O’Cianna, Braeden, Madysen, Ty’Thane, Layla, Scottie, Kamarion and Adonnis. Her twin sister Jannette Madden, Cartersville, Georgia, Rev. Dr. Betty Robinson, Theresa (Lester) Crowder, Noressa (Louis) Thomas, Deloris (Anthony) Sturdivant, her brother Johnnie Johnson, all of Gadsden. Special Brother, James Gaston, Scottsboro, AL. Special sis, Mary (Rev. John) James. Special people in her life: Arthur Jones, Marilyn Jones, Tim Scales, Joseph Sturns, and Theresa Beverly. Special Friends: Catherine “Teddy” Ethridge, , Dale Brown, Wayne Brown, Chester Sims and Jerry Goggins. A host of nieces, nephews and friends. Her Song: What is this that I feel deep inside, what is this that keeps setting my soul afire, what ever it is it won’t let me hold my peace. It makes me love my enemies and it makes me love my friends. It won’t let me be ashamed to tell the word I been born again. Yes, whatever it is it won’t let me hold my Peace.”
Funeral Services Saturday, September 7, 2019 ~ 11:00A.M. Handy Chapel A.M.E. Church 901 Rogers Street – Gadsden, Alabama 35901 Bishop Harry L. Seawright, Presiding Prelate of the 9th Episcopal District Rev. Bruce W. Hunter, Presiding Elder of the SBHB District Rev. Eric Walker, Pastor of St. Luke AMEC – Birmingham, AL, Officiating Rev. Dr. Betty C. Robinson, Eulogist West Gadsden Funeral Home, Directing
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