Roxanne WilliamsJuly 28, 1941 ~ October 19, 2016 (age 75)
Roxanne Willliams, formerly Roxanne McKenzie, 75, was born in Raeford, North Carolina to the late Agnes Geneva McKenzie. After her early education through the Hoke County School System, Roxanne courageously relocated north to Long Island, New York at the age of 21. “Courageous” was her middle name! Within 2 years, she permanently moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she met her husband, Curtis Williams. After her divorce, she met her soul-mate, Michael Laverpool and they raised her family together until his passing in 2009. Roxanne transitioned to eternal rest on October 19, 2016 at the Staten Island University Hospital South, after a year-long battle with recurrent breast cancer. She had been 28-years cancer-free, and she lived life to the fullest during that time!
Ms. Roxanne (or “The Real Roxanne”, as she was affectionately called) was active in her community. She was a 40-year member of the Langston Hughes Houses Tenant Patrol Assoc., member of the Langston Hughes Senior Community Center, and recently a member of the Staten Island Branch of the NAACP. Roxanne loved her Brownsville family; her booming laugh could be heard at the top of the buildings. Roxanne was ordained a Deaconess at the Mt. Moriah Church of Brooklyn, New York in 2004. Having served Mt. Moriah faithfully for 44+ years until her health declined, Deaconess Williams served in several capacities, including President of the Deaconesses, President of the Missionaries and Gospel Chorus member. Shortly before her illness, she regularly attended Bible Study, where she enjoyed impressing Rev. Durham with her understanding of the topics (she liked to discuss them with her daughter Agnes, an ordained minister). It is not widely known, but Roxanne was quite a sports fan, and loved her New York Knicks and cheering for Serena Williams. She also loved late night trips to Atlantic City and Pennsylvania casinos with her beloved friends Tony, Pam and Ms. Dot.
Roxanne was preceded in death by her mother, Agnes Geneva; her love, Michael Laverpool; three brothers, Leroy, William and Weldon McKenzie; one sister, Aggie Lee Hines; three brothers-in-law James Williams, Clantford Huins, and Angus Hines; two aunts Alberta Graham and Lilly Williams; three nephews, Jerome Hines, Tommy Purcell and Waddell McKenzie; and one grandson, Carl Norman. She leaves to lovingly cherish her memory her four children, Leverne (Emma) McKenzie, Johnnie McKenzie, Jody McKenzie, and Agnes (John, Sr.) McBeth; two sisters, Gladys (Henry) Graham, Helen (the late Wilson) McNeill; one brother, Roosevelt McKenzie; three sisters-in-law, Sally Mae McKenzie, Alice Huins and Monique Rainey; one brother-in-law, Eddie Williams, Jr.; sixteen grandchildren, Tyshea Purcell, Vernon McLaurin, Lamondrick & Derrick McKenzie, Ebony France, Jalisa Lawley, Lawrence Stokes, Ju’an McKenzie, Kaila Walker, Malcolm McBeth, Jai Fulwood, Sherika Brandy and Jania Garcia; 12 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Although Roxanne dearly loved all her grandchildren and cried about leaving them, there were three that were particularly special to her: Micheal McKenzie, great-grandson Mekhi McKenzie and her name-sake, grand-daughter Alexandria Roxanne.