Bashira Abdul Shahid a/k/a Barbara Ruth Gurley Williams, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, in a local hospital.
She was a 1969 graduate of Howard High School. She received her education degree from Knoxville College. Bashira served on the Usher Board at New United Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mahalah Gurley, Sr.
Survivors include her son, Edward Anthony Williams, Jr.; a host of other relatives and friends.
She will lie in state on Friday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. at Taylor Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel with Pastor Eric Jones as the eulogist.
Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens.