Bishop Harold Ivory Williams, Sr., former Presiding Prelate and Senior Bishop Emeritus of the Mount Calvary Holy Church of America (MCHCA), Inc., passed. He was 93 years old.
Bishop Williams led MCHCA for more than 37 years as Senior Bishop, succeeding the organization's founder Bishop Brumfield Johnson, before choosing to take emeritus status in 2008. Simultaneous to his leadership of the parent organization, he pastored Winston-Salem's Mount Calvary Holy Church, Washington, DC's Mount Calvary Holy Church, and founded a church in Baltimore, according to his bio. At the time of his demise, he and his wife of 31 years, Pastor Shirley Caesar-Williams, were co-pastors of Raleigh's Mount Calvary Word of Faith.
Along with pastoring, Bishop Williams was an accomplished pianist and songwriter, guesting on his wife's projects Sailin' (vocals on "Time to Come Back Home"), Stand Still (spoken word on "Step Out") and Shirley Caesar Live ...He Will Come (piano on his composition "Our Father").
In addition to Pastor Caesar, Bishop Williams is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Elder Hope and Prophet Marc Mason, grandchildren, and a host of additional relatives, friends, and spiritual sons and daughters. His son, acclaimed jazz pianist Harold I. Williams, Jr. preceded him in death.
With bittersweetness, WYLD AM940 bids Bishop Williams adieu and extends heartfelt condolences to Pastor Caesar-Williams and family.