Annie B. Williams
Annie Bell Williams, affectionately known as Tiny, was born in Santa Barbara on February 16, 1945. She passed away from natural causes on January 16, 2023. Tiny is preceded in death by her mother, O. L. Austin, her father, Elijah Austin, her stepmother, Jenny Austin, and her husband Wayne Williams. She is survived by her sister Candice Dolores Lee and her brother Joe Alfonso Austin. Tiny is also survived by sons Michael Wayne McLaughlin, and Timothy John Tidaback, grandchildren Brooke Ooné Collins (Brandon), Alexandrea Monyque McLaughlin, and Bianca Mary McLaughlin, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Tiny will also be missed by her lifelong best friend, Minnie “Peggy” Davison.
A lifelong resident of Santa Barbara, Tiny attended the historic Lincoln Elementary School, Santa Barbara Junior High, and Santa Barbara High School. She was dedicated to her faith and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and Greater Hope Baptist Church, where she was President of the Usher Board.
As a strong Black woman, Tiny was outspoken and never hesitated to speak her mind. Her devotion to her friends and loved ones made her an incredible caretaker, in which she took extreme pride in. She kept a tight circle of friends, and those who knew this about her knew this best. She had a great sense of humor, loved to dance, red was her favorite and we can’t forget that Tiny was especially known for her soulful cooking.
Tiny worked in the healthcare industry. She ended her career retiring at Samarkand after 15 years of service. After retirement, she continued to provide private care in Santa Barbara. Tiny built a respectful reputation for treating her clients with dignity and grace during their final stages of life. She brought great comfort to those people who were under her care and their families.
Tiny belonged to Santa Barbara’s historic African American community. She helped shape the identity of the Black community and her contributions gave to the greater good of Santa Barbara. Her family and close friends will miss her, she was one of a kind.
A service in her honor will be held on Friday, February 10th, at 11:00am, at Greater Hope Baptist Church. 430 E Figueroa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
To sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories, and post pictures please Visit our website: www.garciamortuaryoxnard.com and click on Annie’s name located below “Obituaries”.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of GARCIA MORTUARY, 629 South A Street, Oxnard. For further information, please call (805)486-9148.