Delores Williams Obituary, Death – We are saddened to inform you that Delores Jane Williams (Chattanooga, Tennessee) died away on May 24, 2023. It is with great sadness that we share with you this news. It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you of her passing away.
We are deeply sorry for your loss. She is survived by family and friends, all of whom will be deeply affected by the news of her passing. Please accept our sincere condolences; they are sent to each and every one of you. In 1991, Williams earned her PhD from Union Theological Seminary, where she later made history by becoming the first Black woman to occupy a named chair at the university.
Williams made history at Union Theological Seminary by becoming the first Black woman to occupy a named chair. At the moment, Williams holds the position of Tillich professor of theology and culture. She had four children with her late husband, Robert C. Williams, who had gone away in 1987.
The couple had been married for a long time. She wrote a variety of essays, articles, and book chapters during the course of her lifetime, all of which were contributions that she made to the growth of womanist theology. She defined womanist theology in her book Sisters in the Wilderness as a style of theology that takes seriously the “faith, thought, and struggle of Black women as a ‘primary theological source.'”