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Elam, Tryphosa Corrine (Williams)

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May 23, 1962 - December 22, 2020

Elam, Tryphosa Corrine (Williams)

Tryphosa Corrine Elam, nicknamed Phosie or Trophy, was born on May 23, 1962, in New York, New York to the late Reverend Willie James Williams and the late Evangelist Corinne Virginia Bembow Johnson Williams and was raised by the late Eleanor Frederick Williams.

Tryphosa began her education in the New York City School System.  She attended Public School 173 and Eleanor Roosevelt Jr. High School 143, both located in Manhattan.  She graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Bronx, New York. Tryphosa attended the Deliverance Bible Institute, in Newark, Jersey. She also attended St. Augustine University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Tryphosa began working in the retail field as a sales representative and was promoted to Store Manager of a prestigious shoe company. She then supervised the mailroom at a company called Neopost in New York City.  When the company expanded to Texas, she was then promoted into a new position and relocated to Carrollton, Texas.  In Texas, she built a new life and discovered a new place to worship, work, and study the bible at Covenant Church.  Tryphosa loved interacting with her community though her part-time work at Costco, Dillard’s, and Home Instead-Senior Care Services. Tryphosa was adventurous, resourceful, and had a passion for both fashion and food. Always up to date on the latest trends, Phosie was the “Queen of the Selfie” and a true Fashionista to the end.  If you knew her well, then you could vouch that every post was a testament to her creative style and showcased the many ways that she could change her hair!  However, her joy of cooking came directly from her soul, which inspired the creation of her catering business, Trophi’s Delight.

Always with kindness, laughter, and unconditional love for family and friends,

Tryphosa shared her heart with everyone she knew. 

She would travel to the ends of the earth to stay connected to those she loved.

Tryphosa was joined in matrimony to former spouse, Robert Elam on September 4, 1988. To this union, Tryphosa became the mother of a beautiful daughter Emani Cherrill Elam.  She is survived by one daughter Emani Aguilar, one son-n-law Luis Aguilar, four sisters Cherrill Wilson, Candace Williams, Gail Stridiron (Husband – Michael Stridiron), and Daphne Vann.  She was also a sister to a very close family friend Celia Veasy (Husband – Billy Veasy), best friends Paula Joyner-Kirkland (Texas) and Tonya Hayes (Philly).  Tryphosa is also survived by one uncle Robert Frost, Aunt Ruth McCray, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, and former spouse Tony Peele.

In glory, Tryphosa will reunite with her late parents, sister Deborah Williams, brother Anthony Johnson, nephew Christopher Rayam, and a host of other family members.

In her youth, Tryphosa began her spiritual journey as a member of the Upper Room Evangelistic Tabernacle (Rev. Willie J. Williams-Pastor) Leader, Young Adult Choir Director, and Lead Soloist of the Adult Choir.  She volunteered to perform at block services on the streets of New York City and in the prison ministry for New York’s toughest prison systems for Men, Women, and Children. As an adult, Tryphosa worshiped the Lord through her service, bible studies, and activities at Covenant Church in Texas.

Tryphosa loved the Lord, loved family, loved life, and lived it to the fullest.  Always smiling, singing like an angel, making strangers feel like family, and beaming with loving charm were “Phosie’s” gifts of the spirit.  God gifted her with a song in her heart for all to hear his glory in her singing.  The heavens opened whenever she sang Blessed Assurance, a song that inspired all who heard her testimony in this song.  In our hearts, we will continue to hear her sing the joy of the Lord.  Now take your place in the heavenly choir and keep singing Phosie, keep singing!

 “To everything there is a season, at time for every purpose under heaven.”  – Ecclesiastes 3:1

On Tuesday morning, December 22, 2020, Tryphosa Corrine Elam was called home to glory at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. We are forever grateful to have had this wonderful Angel in our lives and will cherish her love, talents, and memories in our hearts forever.  Though she is truly missed, we are at peace in knowing that she is with the Lord.  Tryphosa Corrine Elam has truly been a good and faithful servant.

Sleep on Tryphosa.  Take your rest.  We loved you more, but God loved you best!

Family Farewell / Affirmation of Closure

Tryphosa’s Song


It is with sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude that we express our thanks for all the acts and expressions of kindness that have warmed our hearts.  Thanks for the flowers, prayers, phone calls, and messages that have made this home-going bearable and acceptable.

 Family of Tryphosa Elam

“God Bless you! May heaven smile upon you, in Jesus name . . . Amen!”

 The Late Rev. Willie J. Williams

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Roger Gorham Jr

January 31, 2021 8:54AM

My condolences to you and your family

Derrick Elam

January 30, 2021 1:46PM

Phosie you left us too soon we will always cherish the memories with you we love you and we know God is waiting for you Derrick Lisa Javor & Alyshia

anne-marie january n

January 30, 2021 1:40PM

you hold a special place in my heart forever Trophy!!! RIP my dear friend!!!! you are so missed!!! sending prayers for your family and your daughter during this challenging time!! until we see each other again........Love you!

Yvette Lawson

January 30, 2021 1:24PM

Heaven truly gained an angel. It was such a blessing to have you in my life. Your nephew Chris and I will truly miss you.

Monica Moody

January 30, 2021 1:23PM

My Condolences to the family, Phosa you will be greatly missed. Your laugh, your open arms, your listening ears, your love for food and Joy for Living your BEST LIFE will leave me with some GREAT memories! Sis, I Love you!!

Derrick Elam

January 30, 2021 1:01PM

Phosie you went away too soon we love you my God keep you in his loving arms😭🙏🏾♥️ Derrick Lisa Javor & Alyshia

Rita Milburn-Dobson

January 30, 2021 12:59PM

Thinking of this family who has experienced an abundance of grief. And yet, they are still standing. May God provide you with His continued comfort.

Marilyn Pinkney

January 30, 2021 12:23PM

Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the family. May God continue to bless your family. Love the Pinkney Family in Baltimore, Maryland

Frances Curtis

January 30, 2021 11:36AM

My prays are with you and keeping you in my prays stay safe as you and the journey back safely to your destination lol wraping my arms around you with comfort take care lol

Pamela Abrams

January 30, 2021 10:15AM

My condolences to the Family.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Bobby and Gail Moten

January 30, 2021 10:03AM

We Love You Phosie. Rest Now. Our beautiful Angel. 💐