Housing authority's wall of fame grows by 2

Ollie Marie Best and Dr. Rondrick Williamson
Ollie Marie Best and Dr. Rondrick Williamson

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It wasn't a matter of if they would be successful but when it would happen for the two newest members of the Columbia Housing Authority Wall of Fame.

'It let's me know that all my hard work was not in vain," said wall of fame member Dr. Rondrick Williamson.

The hard work Williamson put in took him from Allen Benedict Court all the way to Hollywood. A graduate of Clemson University who went on to medical school and can now be seen on the television show The Doctors.

"My mom was a single mom and I saw how hard she worked to provide for me and my brothers," said Williamson. "We didn't have everything we wanted but we had everything we needed."

He said he's stayed true to himself through the years and his family. His mom was by side to present him with the award Friday.

"So don't look at where you are as an indication of where you are going to 10 years from now," he said. "Use that as a positive thing and no matter that you put your mind to you can do it. Dream big but now only just dream. You've got to put some work behind it."

A sentiment echoed by Ollie Marie Best, who also earned her place on the wall of fame this year.

"I really did not realize how poor I was or how bad it was until I came outside that environment," said Best. "And coming outside that environment I was able to develop a new world of opportunity."

One that took her out of Gonzales Gardens and led her to USC where she completed her bachelors degree. She now serves in an administrative role at the Department of Justice here in Columbia.

"Things are going to happen. People are going to come in and out of your life," she said. "All sorts of things are going to occur but do not let that be a determent to what you want to do and what God has for you in life."

The wall of fame has been celebrating the achievements of past residents for the last  26 years,  including pro athletes, nationally known entertainers, and a number of public servants.

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