Carla Elaine Williams was born on Wednesday, March 13, 1974 in Marianna, Florida.
Coach Williams was an academic and athletic standout, an honor student who led her team at Graceville High School to a state championship in 1992. After graduation, she played two years at Pensacola State College — where she was selected to the All-Conference and All-Region teams both years — before going to her "dream school" of Florida State University. Coach Williams was an Math Professor and former basketball star at Pensacola State College. She was a beloved PSC employee for over 24 years working in Athletics, Collegiate High, and the Mathematics and Computer Science Departments, where she had a positive impact on the lives of many PSC students and employees.
At an early age, Carla joined the family church in Caryville, Florida, Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church and never wavered in her Christian upbringing. When she moved to Pensacola she became a member of Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church and later Sixth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church; during the pandemic she joined Saint John Divine Missionary Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida.
On May 24, 2022, in Heaven Carla reunited with her maternal grandparents: Alphonso Sr., (August 10, 1993) and Rosa L. Maldon (January 14, 1987); paternal grandparents: Willie (September 7, 1998) and Annie Brown Williams (October 19, 1991); aunts: Ruthie Lee Morgan (July 12, 2008) and Anne Ruth Melton (October 2000).
She is survived by her parents, James B. and Clara Mae Maldon Williams; her sister and brother: Pam Williams and Ben Williams all of Campbellton, Florida; aunts and uncles: Alphonso Maldon, Jr., (Carolyn) of Fairfax, Virginia, the Reverend Charles E. Maldon, Sr. (Anita), of Marlboro, Maryland, Robert Maldon, Sr., of Marianna, Florida, Johnny Mae Bright (Carl) of Jacksonville, Florida; special friends: Coach Vicki Carson, Aletha Penny, Latricia Bighem-Moore, Candice Lafferty, Theresa Graham, Credell Wingate, Michelle Johnson, Toni White, Tonya Harrison, Queen Harrison, Pensacola State College Women Basketball Teams, Florida State University Women’s Basketball Teams, Graceville High School Classmates, other relatives, church families, other special family and friends.
In the words of her friends: “Carla was just a very sweet person. She was a giving person. She was just very smart. Beautiful inside and out.” “She was reliable. If she told you she was going to call you, she was going to call you. She never forgot a birthday. She was very thoughtful. She’d help her family; she’d help her friends. She’d help anybody.”
Carla will always be remembered as a woman who devoted her life to loving people.