03/03/05 — Woman killed in wreck in northern Wayne

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Woman killed in wreck in northern Wayne

By Turner Walston
Published in News on March 3, 2005 1:50 PM

A 37-year-old Goldsboro woman was killed Wednesday about 11 a.m. in a collision at the intersection of Airport Road and Mt. Carmel Church Road.

Wanda Wright Williams ran the stop sign at the intersection while she was traveling south on Airport Road, said Trooper Randy Powell, and her 1995 Toyota was struck by a Wayne County dump truck traveling west.

Mrs. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

Powell said the truck driver, William Randall Ward of Goldsboro, swerved left to try to avoid Mrs. Williams' car. The truck ran off the road before Ward was able to stop it in a field.

Ward, 52, was neither injured nor charged.

The impact of the crash spun the car almost completely around before it came to rest in a ditch.

Wayne County EMS and the Belfast and Patetown fire departments responded to the accident.

Mrs. Williams was the wife of Pastor James E. Williams of True Vision Ministries in Pikeville and the mother of five children.

A native of Matthews, Mrs. Williams served as the church's executive minister of the sanctuary.

"She just took care of everything," her husband said.

Her death leaves a void in the lives of her family and the church, Williams said.

"But we are just trusting God," he said.

Beginning this evening, relatives and friends may call at the church at 401 W. Main St., in Pikeville. The funeral will be held there on Sunday afternoon at 2:30, under the direction of McIntyre Funeral Home Ministries.

Pastor Williams said the family prefers that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Sanctuary of True Vision Ministries, P.O. Box 8, Pikeville, N.C., 27864. The church will use the donations to build a wall of faith prayer garden in his wife's memory.

Ms. Williams' 1995 Toyota, valued at $8,000, was destroyed. Damage was estimated at $1,000 to the 2001 Mack truck.

The fatality was the fourth this year on Wayne County roads, including one in Goldsboro.