Williams spent three decades as a teacher, educating hundreds of students in Franklin, Madison, Wakulla, and Gulf counties before settling at Bond Elementary School. Hired by E. Lilyan Spencer and Walton S. Seabrooks as an instructor, and later assistant to the principal, Williams championed the creation of a highly active Parent Teacher Association, recruited faculty, visited the homes of students, encouraged school plays, student organizational troops, and insisted upon Bond becoming a community institution. She continued in this role until moving to the school system’s district office in the 1970s as Area Curriculum Coordinator, and Director of Summer Head Start.
Williams continued to keep busy, as she was an integral part in the effort to open what is now the Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library, and Bond Community Health Center. Additionally, she provided meritorious service as a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in her work to assist in establishing the Bethel Christian Academy and the Steele-Collins Charter School. She served on an incalculable number of government boards and committees, and was a member of several community organizations, all with the needs of the community, and a bright future for her students in mind.
In addition to the Smith-Williams Center, she received numerous awards for her devotion to children’s causes, including the FAMU Education Gallery of Distinction, TCC African-American History Calendar, and the creation of the Lucile Williams Cornerstone Award, and the Lucile Williams Mini-Grant for Students.