Regina Carol Williams was born on December 22, 1955 in Berlin, Maryland. She was the first daughter born of six children to Sarah Ellen & Neal Carlton Smack. She was a loving and devoted wife of 27 years to Pastor Glenwood Williams, Jr., the mother of Rene’ya and Rotoya Williams, and the grandmother of Eli’sha Williams.
Regina attended Bowie State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and later a Masters of Education degree in School Administration/Supervision. As a student of Bowie State University, Regina was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. It was there that she met the love of her life, Glenwood Williams, Jr. As a student, Regina achieved great academic standing and was a scholar in education. She left behind many lasting sorors and friends.
For over 20 years, Regina served in the Prince George’s County Public School System a teacher at Templeton Elementary School, a Vice-Principal at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School and the Principal of Rosaryville Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. If one would ask any parent or staff at Rosaryville to describe Mrs. Williams, you would often hear the words “kind, loving, and inspirational.” She had a passion for children, and no doubt, the children, parents and staff showed their love for her and greatly miss her.
Regina loved the Lord. She partnered with her husband in serving God’s people in many ways — from directing vacation bible school at Shiloh Baptist Church, to establishing the current Edified Christian Ministries International (ECMI). At ECMI she was actively involved in various leadership roles. She especially worked hard to build the Christian Education Ministry. “Lady Regina” was loved dearly and is missed by her church family.
On February 15, 2007 all schools in the county were closed due to inclement weather. However, being the devoted and dedicated Principal that she was, Regina chose to journey to Rosaryville Elementary School in spite of the weather. Ice and snow covered streets and sidewalks, but that did not stop her. She went in that day because she felt it was her duty to check on things at the school. She was committed to her students and staff. Unfortunately while driving south on Route 301, which was only a few blocks away from her home, her vehicle was broadsided at Trade Zone Avenue.
Even prior to this fatal accident, Regina experienced many injuries and setbacks, but she recovered from them all. Her love and her relationship with the Lord has turned this tragedy into triumph. “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8)”. Regina’s’ love, patience, caring and nurturing spirit has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of so many she touched — the testimonials could never be told in one sitting. Her life continues to speak even though she has departed from this earth. Regina always encouraged her students and those around her to “Reach for the stars, because the bottom is overcrowded.”