Civil rights legend Lucille Times has died after contracting COVID-19, her family say
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) – Relatives gathered around the pink casket of civil rights legend Lucille Times on Saturday for a visit to the Phillips-Riley Funeral Home in Montgomery.
Times died earlier this week. During the visit, her family said they had the coronavirus.
“I mean, if it hadn’t been for COVID, I think he probably had another year left,” nephew Daniel Nichols said. “She was a pretty good fighter.”
Six months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, Times got into a fight with the same bus driver. She is known for her role in the Separate Bus Boycott before the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Most recently, Nichols and his wife served as Times Guardians for over four years. The nephew declared that he had not forgotten his fighting spirit and his determination.
“Never back down,” he said. “She will never back down. If she thinks she’s right, she goes all the way with it.
Zsazsa Hill, the divine granddaughter of Time, attended the visit.
“She was just a wonderful person,” Hill said.
Time has helped make Hill the woman she is today – her poise and integrity comes from her.
“It means a lot, because my mom can’t be here,” she said. “But I am, and I thank God that I can see her.”
Hill’s mother and Times goddaughter, Bettye Coleman, was unable to attend the viewing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and travel issues. She said on the phone that The Times had a servant’s heart.
“Feeding the people in the neighborhood, not just civil rights, anyone who came by and needed a helping hand, she’s always ready to open her doors to him,” Coleman said.
Times was 100 years old. A funeral service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church.
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