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Williams, Allen Leo

Allen Leo Williams

Allen Leo Williams was the third child of nine children born to Tucker Williams and Annie J. Williams, on September 24, 1921 in El Campo.

Leo served as a Pvt. First Class in World War II in 1943 and later married Lydia Mae Smith. She preceded him in death in 2005. To this union three children were born, one son, Johnell Williams, and two daughters, Gail Henderson, and Debra Williams Murray (Marion).

Later he married Mildred Parker. No children were born to this union.

He worked faithfully as a farmer in the rice fields and shall be remembered most for his entrepreneurship, wine making and gardening.

His parents; five sisters, Shirley Williams, Dorothy Williams, Lorena Nicholes, Mrytle Wauls and Hatti Jones; two brothers, Joe Louis Williams and Kermit Williams; great-grandson, Christopher Henderson; and spouse, Mildred Parker, all preceded him in death.

Leo was a loving brother, father, uncle, and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his five children (Baby Al and Jackie); one brother, Tucker Williams (Linda); seven grandchildren, Elton Jolivett (Valarie), Diedra Jolivette, Telicia Williams (Gerald), Nicole Smith (Torri), Patrick Henderson, Morna Henderson and Kenneth Williams; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at New Home Baptist Church in Garwood with Rev. Charles Williams, officiating. Interment followed at Williams Paradise in Garwood. Arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Gerald Williams, Patrick Henderson, Corey Williams, Elton Jolivett, Brian Williams and Torri Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Johnnell Williams, Marion Murray, Brad Williams, Eric Jolivett, Don Williams and Gerald Williams, Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 9th, 2009

Williams, Alma (Herder)

Final Rites for Mrs. Lee Williams Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Lee Williams of Houston, who died there Monday morning after an illness of about four months were held Tuesday morning at Houston, with burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

Maurice Mossen of Houston officiated in the rites. Settegast-Kopf Funeral Home directed

Mrs. Williams, the former Miss Alma Herder, was born here, the daughter of the late George Herder Sr. and Mary Hefner Herder. She and her husband left here about 35 years ago, living at Bay City and Eagle Lake before moving to Houston.

Surviving in addition to Mr. Williams are one sister, Mrs. Dwyer (Vida) Allen of Houston, three nephews and a niece, and other relatives.

Pallbearers at the services were George Allen of La Porte, George Herder III of San Antonio, Dan Herder of Weimar, Clyde Hanks and R. L. Williams of Houston, and Melvin Williams of Beaumont.

Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1953, page 1

Williams, Amanda Virginia (Reese)

Greatly Beloved Lady Is Claimed by Death

Relatives and friends throughout this section were deeply grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. J. P. Williams of Schulenburg, which occurred at the family home in that city late Wednesday evening of last week, after a lingering illness extending over many weeks.

The body was tenderly prepared for burial, and on Thursday afternoon was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at this place, Revs. Hall and McKinney of this city officiating in a touching burial service.

Mrs. Williams' condition had been serious for a number of days preceding her death and, although her passing was not unexpected, nevertheless it was a sad and crushing blow to her bereaved husband, relatives, and many friends.  Mrs. Williams and her husband lived in Oakland for many years, afterward moving to Yoakum, and from that point a few years ago to Schulenburg.  Wherever she lived she possessed the friendship and esteem of all.  She was a lady of many estimable qualities--kind-hearted, neighborly, a devoted wife, ever mindful of the comforts of those about her, and one whose friendship was always sincere and unchangeable.  In her passing, people of this section realize they have lost one of their best friends and neighbors, and that her beloved and devoted husband has suffered an irreparable loss.

Mrs. Williams was born at Oakland, Texas, June 13, 1857, being a daughter of the late Captain and Mrs. Fleming Saunders Reese.  She was united in marriage to Mr. J. Pink Williams on Nov. 17, 1875, and her death Wednesday ended a happy marriage companionship of fifty years with her beloved life companion.  She united with the Methodist Church at the age of 21, and ever afterward lived a consistent, Christian life.

She is survived by her heart-broken husband, J. P. Williams, one brother F. S. Reese of San Antonio, one sister, Mrs. S. B. Townsend of Beaumont and numerous relatives and friends.

The pall bearers at the funeral were Messrs. Will McKinnon, Drew Shell, M. A. Ponder, H. P. Schaefer, Helmuth Helmcamp and Ray F. Kusey.

Weimar Mercury, June 20, 1930
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Williams, Baby Boy

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Williams, Jr., were made happy over the arrival of a fine boy at their home Monday night, and "Dad” Williams is wearing a smile that won’t come off.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 23, 1919, page 14?

Our sincerest sympathy is extended Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Williams, Jr. in the death of their little three weeks’ old baby boy, who died at their home in this city early Monday morning. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 13, 1919, page 4

Mrs. Ada Williams and Mrs. Ruth Jenkins of Houston were visitors in the city this week, having been called here by the death of the little child of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Williams, Jr.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 13, 1919, page 10

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our most heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to each and every one of those who so kindly came to our assistance in our recent sorrow, the loss of our little son. Especially do we want to thank Mrs. Frazar for her untiring efforts during his brief life and Rev. Mr. McLaughlin for his words of comfort. A sweet rememberance of you all will be with us ever.--Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Williams, Jr.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 13, 1919, page 6

Williams, Bennett

Eagle Lake Items

Last Tuesday, just forty days after having been bitten by a dog supposed to be rabid, little Bennett, the son of J. H. Williams, began to show symptoms of hydrophobia, and after two or three days of the most intense suffering, died with this fearful disease. This unfortunate circumstance should act as a warning, and cause the proper authorities to take the necessary steps to rid the community of all dogs even suspected of have been exposed to this fearful, fatal virus. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, April 7, 1887

Williams, Charlie

Murder Charged In Knife Death At Garwood

A 35-year-old construction worker is dead and a 34-year-old laborer is in jail at Columbus held on a charge of murder with malice after a fight at Tommy Lee’s Tavern in Garwood Sunday[sic] evening, said to have been over $5.

Charlie Williams died about 11:30 p. m. Sunday[sic] in Laughlin Hospital at Eagle Lake of cuts with a pocket knife said to have severed his jugular vein. He also was cut about the face and arm. Horace McGrew is in jail at Columbus under $200 bond awaiting action of the grand jury on the murder charge filed Monday. The grand jury will be empaneled[sic] Sept. 8.

Lee, operator of the place, was brought to jail and Monday was fined $100 and costs by Justice of the Peace J. F. Beal of Garwood on a charge of permitting gambling in a public place. Evelyn Lee, 35 of San Antonio, said to be a relative of the tavern operator, is in jail charged with disturbing the peace and fighting an officer. She was arrested by Chief Deputy M. H. Buller at the jail.

The fight occurred about 8:30 p. m. Sunday. Officers questioned McGrew, wife of the dead man, Lee and another reported to have been in the game. [Place of interment unknown said to be Eagle Lake. Evidence points to the date as Saturday Aug. 9 rather than Sunday Aug 10]

Weimar Mercury, August 14, 1959, page 1

Williams, Clarence


Clarence Williams, 77. of Houston died Sunday, July 11.

Funeral services are set for Saturday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at Green Grove Baptist Church in Alleyton, with burial in the Alleyton Cemetery. The Rev. E. E. Thomas will officiate.

He was born Sept. 9, 1926 in Columbus, the son of Sam and Mary (Smith) Williams. He married Christine Bratcher. He was a member of Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in Alleyton and served in the U. S. Army in the Korean War.

Survivors include one son, Howard Ted Williams and wife Paula of Houston, two daughters, Shirley J. Ward of Houston and Deloris Patrick of Charleston, S.C.; and two brothers, Herman D. Williams and Willie Lee Williams, both of Alleyton.

Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, July 16, 2004

Williams, Clarence Jr.

C. Williams Jr. Funeral Services Scheduled April 1

Clarence Williams Jr., 49, of Weimar died March 22 in Hallettsville. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. Jarvis W. Nelson officiating.

Interment will follow at Good Hope Memorial Cemetery in Weimar.

He was born Feb. 3, 1957 in Weimar to Clarence and Daisy (Wicks) Williams.

Clarence was a truck driver and was employed by Frank Marek Trucking Company. He was also a member of the Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Weimar.

He is survived by his mother, Daisy Williams of Weimar; fiancee, Jessica Williams of Weimar; sons, Aderian Williams of Houston, and Rodney Williams of Weimar; daughter, NaTasha Williams of Weimar; and one grandchild.

He is also survived by his brother Walter and wife Debra Williams of Weimar; and sisters Marilyn and husband Errol Jones of Weimar, and Debra Carter of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his father; one sister; and his grandparents,

Pallbearers will be Jessie Johnson, Ray Charles Johnson, Larry Thomas, L. J. Johnson Jr., Kenneth Moore and Charlie Wanjura Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gregory Conner, Henry Johnson, Melvin Scott, Frank Marek Trucking Company, Riding Clubs of Surrounding Areas, Charles Fitzgerald Sr., Glenn McMillian and Glenn Wicks.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 2006

The Clarence Williams Jr. obituary in last week’s issue should have stated he is survived by a son, Rodney Rice of Weimar, as well as a daughter, NaTasha Rice of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, April 6, 2006

Williams, Clifford Wade

Clifford Wade Williams, 34, of Altair, passed away Aug. 12, near Altair from injuries received in an industrial accident.

He was born Feb. 29, 1968 in Malad City, Idaho to Olean Estella (Hawkins) and Calvin Grant Williams. He attended Marsh Valley High School in Arimo, Idaho, led a career as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was former resident of New Mexico and Victoria, before the family moved to Altair. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his son, Samuel Wade Williams of Soda Springs, Idaho; mother, Olean Estella Hawkins Williams of Altair; sisters, Vera Calean Sorrels of Pocatello, Idaho, Marie Annette Hower of Missoula, Mont., and Bernadine Estelle Williams of Altair; brothers, Ernest Kim Williams Belen of N.M., Morgan Neil Williams of Garwood, Joe Paige Williams of Pie Town, N.M.; close friend and companion, Teresa Elliott; 12 nieces; three nephews; two great-nieces, and four great-nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 17, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with branch president Del Vance officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Audie Hubenak, H. L. Austin, Jesse Hester, Jaime Beard and brothers, Kim, Neil and Paige Williams. John Williams served as an alternate.

Colorado County Citizen, August 21, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Williams, Dan

KILLING.—Last Tuesday Dan Williams was killed by John Brown —both parties colored—on Capt. Donovant’s plantation, near Eagle Lake. The difficulty occurred while the parties were working together in the field, when Dan chopped John on the __, and John struck Dan, on the head with a hoe, killing him. John was so seriously injured as to be unable to attend the examing[sic] trial. Officer Clark has him under arrest. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 9, 1881, page 3

Williams David W.

David Williams Funeral Held Here Jan. 24

Funeral services for David W. Williams, 73, of San Antonio were held Sunday, Jan. 24, from Oakland Baptist Church, with Rev. Perkins officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery.

Williams, a dairy worker, died Jan. 22 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio.

Born Sept. 6, 1914, in Lavaca County, he was a son of Ambrose W. Adams and Verline Hatcher. He married Tommie Newton in Lavaca County in 1940.

Surviving are. one daughter, Lillian Corothers of San Antonio; four grandchildren; five sisters, Bessie M. Williams of Oakland, Ester B. Haynes and Elizabeth Johnson of San Antonio, Fannie B. Cook of Weimar and Catherine Wards of Houston; and six brothers, Milton Adams of Weimar, Mose Adams of Glendale, Wisconsin; Joe H. and Sammie Joe Adams of Houston, A. D. Adams of Fort Worth and Marvin Byrd of San Antonio. One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, January 28, 1988, page 12

Williams, Douglas

A negro man named Douglas Williams was killed by the fly wheel at Buske’s gin, in this city, last Saturday evening about 5:30 o’clock. Douglas, we understand, worked on Mr. John Walker’s farm, and came to town that day. After indulging pretty freely in whiskey and beer, he went to the Buske mill to get some meal to take home. As he entered, and while near the rapidly revolving wheel, he staggered against the wheel, and in a second was a dead man, the top of his head being knocked off and his neck broken. An inquest was held by Judge C. T. Hancock, but the evidence of the bystanders proved conclusively that it was the man’s own fault. Douglas was popular with both whites and blacks, being polite, pleasant and industrious, but he let liquor get the best of him, with the above result. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 25, 1893, page 2

Williams, Dwyatt Edward

Dwyatt Williams Funeral Services Held March 24

Dwyatt Edward Williams, 60, of Houston, died March 17. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 24 at Titus and Timothy Barnes Cathedral Chapel, Carl Barnes Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. Billy Jackson officiating.

Interment followed at the Paradise Cemetery in Weimar.

Dwyatt was born Aug. 26, 1946 in Huntsville to Bennie Eva and Arthur Williams.

He attended public schools in Houston, San Antonio and Bryan.

Mr. Williams acquired many skills in his lifetime, his latest being a master plumber. He enjoyed fishing and telling jokes. When he ran out of jokes on others, he'd tell something on himself.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mona Lisa Williams; daughters, Rochelle Sims, LaJuanda Sails and LaQuisha Logan; sons, Dwyatt Williams Jr., Arthur Williams and Dedric Williams; and 13 grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Margrett Taylor; two nieces; one nephew; three uncles; four aunts; and cousins reared as sisters and brothers, Shirley Bacon, Sherron Gruyarloe, Rosalyn Williams, James Smither and Bennie Roy Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; Deborah Price; Johnnie Smither; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Larry Thomas, Duvon Jean, James Smither Jr., Willie McAffee, Jevonnah Price and Marcus Smither.

Honorary pallbearers were Vernon Hunter, John Tarver, James Smither Sr., Steve Perry and Milton Price Jr.

Weimar Mercury, April 5, 2007, page 2A

Williams, Eddie Mae (Scott)


Eddie Mae Scott Williams, 81, passed away Feb. 24.

She was born in Altair Sept. 8, 1921 to Sam Scott Sr. and Ida Davis Scott.

She was a member of Greater Rising Star Baptist Church and served there as president of senior mission, superintendent of the Sunday school and treasurer of the sunrise choir. She was secretary of the Edward's Pride Chapter 346 Order of Eastern Star Masonic Lodge and the 20th Century District Association.

Williams was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Cora and Lizzie; brother, Harry, Fred, Robert, Clinton, John Alley and Ollie Scott Sr.

She is survived by her son, Edward Scott and wife Sally; six grandchildren; eight great-granchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 1 at Greater Rising Star Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Truman Scott Sr. officiating. Interment followed at Williams Paradise Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Cleve Scott Sr., Norman Hender-son III, Jessie Scott, Jimmy Foster Jr., David W. Henderson and John Tillamn Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Fred Scott Jr., Donald R. Scott, Horace Scott, Larry Scott, Truman Scott Jr., Rickey Scott, Wayne Scott, Gildell Champ, Clyde Champ, Pete Scott. Otis L. Scott and Mickey Scott.

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Williams, Edward Ray Jr.

Edward Ray Williams, Jr.

Edward Ray Williams, Jr., departed this life on Thursday, November 22.

He was born on September 16, 1948 to Iline and Edward Ray Williams, Sr. in Weimar.

Edward attended the public schools in Columbus at the Old Columbus Riverside.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and brother, Leslie Roy Williams, Sr.

Left to cherish his memories are a devoted wife, Eunice Williams; father, Edward Ray Williams, Sr.; three children, Sametah Williams, Terrylynn Williams and Anthony R. Williams; four step-children, Kevin, Cecil, Ronnie, and Annette; 11 grandchildren, Shay, Brian, Lil Kevin, Lil Ronnie, Ariel, Robin, Kenny, Kris, Daisha, Aryanna, and Raymond; six brother, Ernest Charles Williams (wife, Janell), Albert "Elmo" Williams, Stanley Scott, Michael Williams (wife, Antonette), Glenn Scott, and Ralph Williams, Sr. (wife, Patricia); two sisters, Anna Madison and Gail Scott; former wife, Michael Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 1 at 1 p.m. at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Glidden with Rev. Richard Hamilton, officiating.

Burial followed in Shepherd Memorial in Glidden. Life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Brian Henderson, Keylon Napper, Cecil Marshall, Kevin Henderson, Jeffery Rhodes, and Jerome Rhodes.

Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Williams, Sr., Michael Williams, James R. Rhodes, Stanley Scott, Ernest Williams and Albert Williams.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 6th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Williams, Elizabeth "Grandma"

Elizabeth "Grandma" Williams
November 6, 1909 - April 18, 2003

Elizabeth "Grandma" Williams of Houston passed away Friday, April 18, 2003.

Born November 6, 1909 in Egypt, she was the daughter of Hubert and Sophronia Alridge.

She began her early education in her hometown and completed it in Houston.

Elizabeth married a wonderful man and father, named Sol Williams. Their consummation brought forth the life of 11 children.

She joined the church at an early age and was a member of Sandridge in Egypt.

Later, she became a member of the Providence Church until her health would no longer allow her to continue.

Elizabeth moved with her daughter to Houston and attended the Brookhollow Church until her death.

Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sol (1970); five children, Richard, Wiley, Dennis, Warren and Johnie; she leaves to mourn three sons and three daughters; her immediate family Tony Williams and wife, Jessie, Sol Lee Williams and wife, Clara, Rev. Harold Williams and wife, Elaine, Kay Hemphill, Brenda Williams and husband, Carl, and Diann Jackson; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, from Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Coby Shorter Jr., pastor, officiating.

Interment followed in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 1, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Williams, Ethel Lorene

In Memoriam

In sorrow I write the sad news of the death of our precious baby Ethel Lorene, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Williams, born May 5, 1906; died Jan. 7, 1912. [Internent in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Her stay with papa, mamma, little sisters and the baby brother was not long, but she had wound the tenderest love around their hearts, and death can not sever the cords.

The little sufferer was sick but a few days and her death was a sorrowful surprise.

Just two weeks to the night she died, "Old Santa Claus"came to this home and left many pretty play things, all left to remind us of our darling. She and baby (little brother) looked to Christmas and the coming of Santa as the happiest time in life--when old Santa would come and bring them lots of nice things. She was so proud of her little shoes he left and thought how pretty they would be to wear to Sunday school. We little thought that on that Sabbath day that "Aunt Garrett" (her Sunday school teacher) with other loving friends and relatives would be standing around her little dying bed.

"Santa Claus he brought them to me
With a lot of other things,
And I think he brought an Angel
With a pair of golden wings.

In sorrow of heart but in meekness, of resignation, the broken home, with its first vacant chair, is lighted with the glow of the invisible presence.

"Not now but in the coming years we'll read the meaning of our tears.”

Oh, how we do miss our dear little one. We find comfort, however, only in the fact that it was our Lord's will to take her to Himself. "Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven."

And that while she can not came back to us, we can go to her, where she is at the beautiful gate watching and waiting for mamma, papa, little sisters and "Baby." She was such a little mother to him. In. the blessed hope of that meeting, we can in submission say: "Precious
Lorene farewell. “

"Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee.
Since God was thy ransom, thy Guardian, thy Guide;
He gave thee, He took thee and He will restore thee,
And death has no sting!
Since the Savior has died.'

Tenderly inscribed by
"Aunt Mayme.”

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1912, page 1

Williams, F. S.


We regret to learn of the death of Mr. F. S. Williams, faher of our mayor, Mr. H. S. Williams, at 5 o’clock this morning. Mr. Williams recently moved from his old home in Kentucky to live with his son here He was a man of many admirable traits of character, and had many friends in the city, notwithstanding he had been here only a short time. He was a loyal son of the south, and fought throughout the war in the Confedeate army, and was a member of the U. C. V. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his bereaved relatives and friends. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 18, 1900, page 8

Williams, Flora C. (Attood)

Hospital Notes

Mrs. Flore[sic] Williams of Garwood departed this life at the hospital at about seven Tuesday morning. Mrs. Williams was brought in by Dr. Littles at about eleven o’clock Saturday and an x-ray revealed a fracture of the hip. After being put in splints she rested well until Monday morning when intestinal flu set in, and owing to her advanced age (nearly 80) she succumbed. Funeral services were held at Garwood at four Tuesday afternoon.

Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 1932, page 1


Last Tuesday morning Mrs. Flora Williams passed away. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the Garwood cemetery. Aunt Flora, as she was lovingly called by all who knew her, was born in New York seventy-eight years ago. She was of a sweet and gentle disposition and beloved by a large number of relatives and friends.

Colorado County Citizen, March 3, 1932, page 3

Williams, Floyd Sr.


Floyd Williams Sr., 59,of Houston died Friday, Aug. 4, 1995.

Born July 2, 1936 in Columbus, he was the son of Mitchell and Alice (Huffman) Williams. In 1961, he married Corine Scott. Mr. Williams, who graduated from Riverside High School in Columbus in May of 1954, entered the United States Air Force as a volunteer and served in Korea and western European nations as an airplane mechanic. He worked for more than 20 years as a welder for the Ducommon Metal and Steel Company of Houston. He was employed by Pendergrass — Fowler—Dillard Mortuary of Columbus at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Eugene Thomas officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Pendergrass-People’s Mortuary of Smithville.

Serving as pallbearers were John Henry Axel, Thomas James Axel Jr., Michael Thomas, Simon Evans, Thomas James Axel, Louis James Thomas Jr., Robert L. Waddle and Elmer Lee Irvin. Honorary pallbearers were the stewards and deacons of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, of Houston; a son, Floyd Williams Jr.; daughters, Benita Williams Morris and Tana Williams; two step children; a sister, Eldora Williams Thomas; a brother, Richard Williams; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Colorado County Citizen, August 16, 1995, page 16

Williams, Geneva Mary (Howard)

Geneva Mary Howard Williams, 71, died Friday, September 23, 1994 in Columbus.

Born July 28th 1923 in Eagle Lake, she was the daughter of Charlie and Fannie Mae (Eaton) Howard, she attended and graduated from Columbus public schools. On February 9, 1940, she married Willie Lee Williams of Alleyton. Mrs. Williams was a member of Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in Alleyton, where she served as a choir member, Church Program Committee chair person, church secretary-clerk and Sunday School, BTU and mission teacher. She was also active in the LaGrange Baptist District Association, serving as Family Altar Committee chairperson and vice president of the District Choir.

Funeral services were held September 27th at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Norman officiating. Interment followed in Alleyton Cemetery. Ben Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were William Tony Burton, Theodore Williams Jr., Rodney James Carethers, Wendell Gamble, Anthony Gibbs, Donald Ray Gibson and Charles James Victoria. Honorary pallbearers were Curly Victoria Sr., Herman Williams, Walter Williams, Lewis Bolden, Clarence Williams, Percy Coleman Sr., Lonnie Coleman and Norman Henderson.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband, Willie Lee Williams of Alleyton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Norma Jean and Rev. L. J. Carethers of Fort Worth and Margie Faye and Joe Ware of Austin; one son, Theodore Lawrence Williams and wife, Theresa of Houston; five grandchildren, Tony, Calandra, Ted, Rodney and Trent; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Charlesetta Howard Markham of Illinois; special friend and first cousin, Olivia Gibbs of Houston; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Colorado County Citizen, October 5, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Williams, Georgia Mae (Young)

Funeral for Mrs. Williams Held Feb. 6,

Funeral services for Georgia Mae Young Williams, 49, of Weimar, were held Saturday, Feb. 6, from St. James Methodist Church here, with burial in Paradise Cemetery. Rev. N. H. Franklin officiated.

Mrs. Young[sic], a lifelong resident of' Weimar, died Jan. 31 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Born July 12, 1938, she was a daughter of George Raymond and Annie Mae (Lee) Young. She was married to Freddie Lee Williams here on May 23, 1964. She was a member of St. James Methodist Church and an employee of B&B Sausage.

Her husband survives her, along with two daughters, Johnnie Mae Hunter and Vickie Elaine Wicks, both of Weimar; five grandchildren; two sisters, Hattie Young and Doris Cowart both of Houston; and a brother, John Young of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, Feb 11, 1988, page 15.

Williams, Harry

The Canoe deeply sympathizes with Mr. and Mrs. Jud Williams in the loss of their first-born babe, little Harry. We trust that in this their hour of greatest distress they may be constrained to look heavenward and exclaim, as did suffering Job of old; “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”--Canoe. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 5, 1890


We regret to have to record the death of little Harry, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jud. Williams, which occurred at the residence of Mrs. M. A. Waddell last Tuesday night, after a short illness. The bereaved parents have our sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, June 26, 1890, page 3

Williams, Helen M. (Williams)

Helen Williams Funeral Service Slated Sept. 15

Helen M. Williams, 56, of Weimar, passed away Sept. 6 at Seton Medical Center in Austin of natural causes.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 15 at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar at 1 p.m. with Elder H. McClendon officiating.

Interment will follow at Oakland Hill Cemetery [actually Oakland Cemetery].

She was born on Dec. 2, 1950, to Walter and Augusta Williams in Oakland.

Helen worked as a Press Operator for Utex in Weimar.

She is survived by her daughter, Chasidy L. Williams; step daughter, Vickie Wicks; sister, Velma Cunningham; brother, Rev. M. J. and wife Cassie Williams all of Weimar; son, Craig L. and wife Tina Williams of Arlington; sister, Massie Henderson of Altair; sister, Gladys Baines of Chandler; 1 granddaughter, 6 step grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Lee Williams, parents, 2 brothers, and 1 step granddaughter.

Pallbearers are Cecil Thomas, Kevin Henderson, Larry Henderson, Russell Williams,. David Henderson, Othaniel Williams, Ken Henderson, and Junior Henderson.

Honorary Pallbearers are Adrian Williams, DeWayne Williams, Allen Jones, Alton Baines, Ron Williams, Claudie Moore, and Edward Baines.

Friends are invited to call Friday 3 to 7 p.m. at Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home in La Grange.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 2007, page 2A

Williams, Henry

The news reached here Sunday morning that Henry Williams, brother of Jud Williams, and a former resident of this vicinity, had a difficulty with a negro named Arthur King at Frazer’s store, near Eagle Lake, the night previous, in which he (Williams) was killed. No particulars obtainable at present writing. King was arrested, and is now in jail at Columbus. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1892

Williams, Henry Rev.


Rev. Henry Williams, well known colored preacher and farmer of this city, died at the family home Tuesday night, after being in ill health for some time past. The remains were laid to rest in the colored people's burying ground west of town Thursday. He leaves a. wife and several children.

Henry Williams, known to the writer for many years, was a good man. He was quiet, peaceable, law abiding, industrious, and even though he was up in the seventies at time of his death, engaged in his daily avocations just as long as his strength held out.

Many friends, both white and colored, regret the demise of this truly good colored citizen.

Weimar Mercury, June 14, 1935, page 8

Williams, Herbert Lee

Herbert Lee Williams, colored,son of Albert Williams, a well known colored citizen of this city, died early Saturday morning of influenza. He was twenty-one years of age. The funeral was held Saturday evening with interment in the colored cemetery near the rice mill. Albert's friends, both white and colored, sympathize with him in his bereavement. [Since the exact cemetery in which he is buried could not be determined, Williams has been listed in the Unknown group. DA]

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 28, 1918

Williams, Herman Delano


Herman D. Williams, 75, of Alleyton, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17 after a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 28, 1930 in Alleyton to Sam Williams and Mary Etta Smith. He married Ruby Woods June 23, 1957.

He served in the U.S. Army until 1961, then worked for Pioneer Industry for 48 years before retiring.

He was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Alleyton.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby of Alleyton; five daughters, Erma Jean Clark of Louisville, Ky., Arlene Williams of Rosenberg, Thelma Williams of Katy, Mary Etta Williams of Columbus and Marsha Reed of Katy; three sons, Herman Williams Jr. of Radcliff, Ky., Cunningham Williams of Houston and Travis Williams of Rosenberg; 13 grandchildren; an aunt; a brother; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 20 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with the Rev. E. Thomas officiating. [Interment in the Alleyton Cemetery]

Pallbearers were Edward Fitzgerald Jr., Caaron Fitzgerald, Randal Fitz- gerald, Michael Fitzgerald, Gerald Fitzgerald, Dr. Lonnie Howard, Mitchell Davis, Willie Stovall and Anthony Stovall.

Colorado County Citizen, August 24, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Williams, Infant

Weimar Local Matters

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Jud Williams was buried a few days ago. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 5, 1888, page 3

Williams, Iola (Boulden)

Iola Boulden Williams

On December 20, 1925, Rev. Nathaniel and Viola Boulden were blessed with the precious gift of a beautiful baby girl whom them named lola.

She was the third born of five children, raised in Eldridge, TX where she also attended school. Iola was baptized at an early age by her father.

She was a faithful and dedicated member of Providence Baptist Church until her health failed. She served as President of the Senior Choir, member of the Usher Board and a member of the Mission Society. Her untiring deeds were evident of her dedication to the church, her pastor and the community.

Iola was united in Holy Matrimony to Light Williams, Jr. on August 14, 1945. To this union four children were born, Gerald Wayne, Kenneth Morris, Yvonne Sue and Adolen Faye.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons; three sisters, Josephine Monroe, Peggy Johnson and Lue Minnie Cotton; and one brother, Otis King.

Iola departed this earthly life on Wednesday, April 2 with her children at her side.

She leaves to cherish her memory two loving and devoted daughters, Yvonne (Sue) Williams of Smithville and Adolen Moore and husband, Christopher Moore of Houston; a caring daughter-in-law, Alice Williams of Houston; seven grandchildren, Lisa Brown and Augena Monroe of Smithville; Bryon Brown, Bennie Brown, Jr., Kevin Williams, Deon Williams and Shalanda Williams (Chris Mackey) of Houston; nine great-grandchildren, one of whom she lovingly raised as her own, Shanique Williams; one sister-in-law, Marlene Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church with Rev. Coby Shorter, III officiating. Interment followed at Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews. Services entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Casket bearers were Louis Barrow, Trahan Taylor, Otha Wilbur, Henry Brown, Alex Williams, Lonzo McGrew, Ricky Williams, and Jermal Wright.

Honorary casket bearers were Bryon Brown, Khalil McCathern, Bennie Brown, Jr., Deon Williams, Kevin Williams, Gregory (Lewis) King, and DeEverett Williams.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 2008, page 4

Williams, J. Pink


The Mercury did not learn until too late for last issue that its almost life-long friend, Mr. J. Pink Williams, of Schulenburg, had died the previous night, (Wednesday), suddenly and unexpectedly.

As we understand it, Mr. Williams had suffered a stroke of paralysis several days previous, but had about recovered and was thought to be getting along fine. Suddenly Wednesday night there came a turn for the worse and this good man, known and beloved throughout this section, quickly succumbed and passed on to join his loved ones on the other shore.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body committed to mother earth by the side of his beloved wife in the Weimar cemetery Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Large crowds of relatives and friends of this good man were present from every section to pay the last sad tribute of respect to one who had lived among us so long and whose cheery presence, genial smile nd words of encouragement hd brightened many a heart and lent new life to those in despair.

That was Pink Williams’ style. He was one of the most cheerful, optimistic men the writer ever knew. No matter how despondent one might be, a few minutes spent in the presence of this truly good man always left you feeling revived and more cheerful. The writer of these lines knew Pink Williams from the time he moved Into the Weimar section up to the time of his unfortunate death, and never had a truer, better friend. Pink William was your friend in good times as well as bad times, and you don't find many men like that. If he was your friend, you knew it and he was true as steel. If he was not your friend, he went about his business without ever molesting you. We never heard him say aught against his fellow-man nor did we ever bear a word amiss spoken of him. He was a clean man, a good man in every sense of the term, true to his Creator and to his fellow-man, and in his passing we feel that one of our best friends and citizens has left us.

At time of death we understand he had attained the ripe age of 79 years. Mr. Williams lived in the Oakland section for many years, then moved to Yoakum, afterward to Schulenburg. where he resided up to the time of his death. He is survived by three sisters, Miss Mollie Williams and Mrs. C. L. Glass of Schulenburg, Mrs. Carrie Green of Karnes City, and three brothers, Bob Williams of Schulenburg, Bill Williams of Llano and C. O. Williams of Beeville, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, February 17, 1933, page 1

Williams. Jerel


Jerel Williams, 44 of Houston died Wednesday, Oct 20 at her[sic] residence in Houston.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct 30 at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar. Burial was in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar with the Rev. Danny Henderson officiating.

Born March 28, 1960 in Houston, he was the son of Harris Hill and Willie Mae (Hasty) Williams. He married Antonia Williams. He worked at UTEX in Weimar as a assembly line attendant. He was a member of Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar.

Survivors include his wife, Antonia Wiliams of Tulsa, N.M.; special aunt, Rosie Lee Hasty of Weimar; two brothers, Harris Williams Jr. and David A. Williams, both of Houston; two sisters, Joyce M. Victor of Houston, and Delores Vinson of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three sisters, Pearlie Mae, Josephine, and Jean Williams.

Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, October 29, 2004, page 15, Sec. A

Williams, Jim

Glidden, Feb. 8.--Jim Williams, a negro boy,night dishwasher for Crescent News and Hotel company, while attempting to ride on a moving freight car was run over about 12 o'clock Sunday night and died from the injuries at 3:15 a.m. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1904

Williams, John J.

John J. Williams

John J. Williams of Garwood, 86, slipped peacefully into eternal rest on Aug. 28, in Columbus.

John was born in Springfield, Mo. on June 29, 1920 to Curtis and Gertrude Gideon Williams.

After serving in the South Pacific during World War II, John was discharged from the Army and became a resident of Colorado County in 1946 where he was a cattle rancher and rice farmer.

John had a longtime involvement with Professional Rodeo furnishing stock, mainly bucking bulls to stock contractors. In the 1960s he was known as "Big John" — The Bull Man.

He was a Life Member of the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo where he was one of the original Calf Scramble Committee Volunteers in 1954. He also served as Co-Chairman, as well as Chairman of the Calf Scramble Committee. For his long service to the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo he was awarded and designated as a Life Time Director Emeritus.

John is a former Trail Boss and Director of the San Antonio Trail Ride; Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Former Director of the Texas Rural Communities Loan Association, Charter Member of the Garwood Lions Club and in 1972 was named an Honorary Texan by then Texas Governor Preston Smith.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Ann W. Olson; and sisters, Jean Wageman, Irene Wilkerson, Mary Williams, Martha Myers, Doris Williams, Alice Toliver; and brother, Jim Williams.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Charlyne Frnka Williams of Garwood; sons, George Williams and wife, Barbara, of Garwood and Richard Williams and wife, Laura, of The Woodlands; son-in-law, Bill L. Olson of Houston; brothers, Edgar, Curtis, Fred and Jerry Williams; and a sister, Katherine Netzer, all of Springfield; grandchildren, Audrey Schneider of Katy, Anessa Freeman of Garwood, Billy Olson of Houston, as well as Tara, Chase and Kyle Williams of The Woodlands; and five great-granddaughters.

Pallbearers were John Schneider, David Freeman, Billy Olson, Chase Williams, David Williams, Ross Fling, Kenneth Brune and Steve Toliver.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Russell Thomas, Troy Krenek, Jim Shoulders, Larry Smidovec, Dale Hunt, Billy Ray Krenek, and Directors of Plow Realty Company.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, at Henneke Funeral Home with Father Joseph Vrana officiating. Burial followed at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Nada. Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials honoring John can be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 131, Garwood, TX 77442 or the charity of your choice.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 7th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Williams, Lenyce Onita

Williams, Lenyce Onita

Lenyce Onita Williams, 86, of Columbus passed away Aug. 28 at her granddaughter’s residence in Columbus.

She was born on June 29, 1923 to Henry Marcus and Lenyce Beatrice (Huling) Phillips in Lamesa. After marrying Gerald Lee Williams, she served as a homemaker. Upon moving to Columbus, where she lived for two years, she was a member of Frelsburg Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Lee Williams; parents, Henry Marcus Phillips and Lenyce Beatrice (Huling) Phillips; son, Corbett Lee Williams; and brother, H.M. Phillips Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Jannie Len Milner of Columbus; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Aug. 28 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, September 2, 2009
Submitted by Judy Talkington

Williams, Leslie Roy

Deacon Leslie Roy Williams

Deacon Leslie Roy Williams, Sr. was born on November 24, 1949 to Mr. Edward and IIine Williams in Fort Bend County. He confessed his life to Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Olive Branch Baptist Church until his passing.

"Fat Daddy" is what he was affectionately called by his loved ones and friends. He enjoyed life by going to church, playing with his grandchildren, and eating a big bowl of beans and cornbread. The memories of him will live on in all the hearts he touched throughout his life.
Deacon "Les," was called home on November 21 to be with his Saviour. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, IIine Williams; and his brother, Edward Ray Williams, Jr.

He is survived by his father, Edward Ray Williams, Sr.; fiancé, Vera Jean Williams of Columbus; children, Latanza Smalls of El Paso, Leslie R. Williams, Jr. of Carls Bad, Mexico, Rodney Williams of Dallas, Lafrieda Stovall of Columbus, Gloria Jean Williams of Columbus, Roshett Williams of Houston, Cotoya Williams of Columbus, Lezlie Ann Williams of Columbus; and host of grandchildren, siblings, other relatives, and dear friends who will miss him.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 1 at 1 p.m. at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Glidden with Rev. Richard Hamilton officiating. Interment followed at Shepherd Memorial Cemetery in Glidden. Another life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Austin Glass and Mirror Employees.

Honorary pallbearers were Kesean Williams, Zion Simmons, Willie Stovall, Jr., Robert Stovall, Sr., Percy Waddle, Jr., Marvin Smalls, Paul Simmons, Chroy Scott, Sherman Carter, and Robert King.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 6th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Williams, Leta May

Little Leta May, the sweet three-year-[old] daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Williams, died at the home in Houston last Friday, and her remains were committed to the dust in Odd Fellows' Rest at 11 o'clock last Saturday. She was a bright and lovable little girl, her winsome ways capturing all hearts, and her early demise was a sad blow to parents and friends.

"There's a sinless brow with a radiant crown,
And a cross laid down in the dust;
there's a smile where never a shade comes now
And tears no more from those dear eyes flow,
So sweet in their innocent trust."

Colorado Citizen, October 26, 1893
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Williams, Lydia T. (Krueger)


A rosary for Lydia T. Williams, 92, is set for 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, July 10, at Henneke Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. in the funeral home, and again on Tuesday at 8 a.m. until the time of funeral services.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Memorials may be given to the Nesbitt Memorial Library, or the Alzheimer's Association, Houston & Southeast chapter, 2909 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77025.

Colorado County Citizen Online, July 10, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Lydia T. Williams

Funeral services for Lydia T. Williams, 92, of Columbus were held on Tuesday, July' 11 at 10 a.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Fr. Robert Guerra officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Williams passed away Saturday, July 8, 2006 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Houma, La. She was born Oct. 4, 1913 in Frelsburg to Ben and Mary Neshyba Krueger. On Jan. 9, 1033 she was married to Willie Williams. Mrs. Williams was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and had previously been employed as a cashier at Winn's in Columbus.

Survivors include: sisters Regina Schertz of Columbus and Gladys Austin of San Antonio; grandchildren, Jamie Elfert and husband Mike, Phyllis Guidry and husband John, Allen Janow and wife Christine and Rayna Ward and husband Norman; six great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Mary Neshyba Krueger; husband, Willie Williams, daughter, Joyce Marie Williams Janow; and brothers, Raymond Krueger and Daniel Krueger.

New Ulm Enterprise, July 13, 2006, page 1

Williams, Mabel (Wagley)

No Foul Play Seen In Death Of Glidden Woman

Colorado County Sheriff's office has received a preliminary report from a Houston pathologist indicating that there were no marks or other indications of foul play in the death of Mrs. Gus (Mabel) Williams, 59, of Glidden who was found partially floating in an abandoned gravel pit hole of water in Alleyton about 4 p.m. on Wednesday of last week.

Her car was found abandoned on Interstate 10 service road a few hundred yards from the gravel pit late Tuesday evening. Officers began a search and the body was located by a neighbor, Frank Haynes, partially floating in the water.

A check of Mrs. Williams' home by Sheriff J. O. Walker had revealed the house locked, but with fires burning and a record player going.

Survivors include two sons, Melvin Williams of Beaumont and Riley Williams of San Antonio. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

A complete report on the autopsy is expected this week from the pathologist.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, January 21, 1965
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Williams, Maria (Nelson)

“Jeff” Williams, Colored, Faces Murder Charge

Charles (“Jeff”) Williams is in the Columbus jail awaiting trial on charges of murdering his wife, Maria Williams, who died Monday from gunshot wounds received Saturday night.

The Grand Jury, which met this week and finished its duties Wednesday, billed him with the murder charge. Date for his trial will be set tomorrow (Friday), District Clerk W. C. Papenberg said.

After the shooting occurred late Saturday night, “Jeff” summoned doctors, who took the woman to the Columbus hospital in an ambulance. Officers here were notified and made an investigation, along with Sheriff Harvey Lee, who came from Columbus after the arrival of the injured woman.

Many friends here, white as well as colored, were shocked and perplexed at the news that “Jeff” was in this sort of trouble. A delivery boy and clerk at G. W. Shaver’s store for many years, he is probably the best known and best liked colored man in Weimar. Patrons of the store often remarked about his politeness, dependability and intelligence.

The bullet entered the woman’s skull at the top and emerged at the neck. She was buried Wednesday. [Paradise Gardens] There were no witnesses to the shooting, which was believed to have been done through a window as the victim lay in bed.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1946, page 1

Williams, Mary


In this place on the 5th inst, in her sixteenth year, Mrs. Mary Williams,consort of Thomas Williams, in child bed. How unscrutable are the ways of Providence. This young couple had every prospect and hopes of a long life in which to share the toils and enjoy the comforts afforded to them in this life; but in this, the brightest hour of their prospects,the Messenger came and called one of them hence.

Not one short year had passed since her bridal day, before her husband was called to the bed side of his dying wife, and there to see her breath her last. Her bridal dress had not been soiled or tinged, and served as her burial shroud.

The old die and the severty of our grief is made light by the consolation that the race was nearly run, and that their lives had been spent with a full share of this world's fleeting joys; and the young infant or the tender child may be snatched from the yearning affections by the hand of Death, but our sorrow it assuaged by the consciousue[sic] that the young bud had been called to blossom in Heaven ere it had been blighted by sin on earth. But it is when the parent or the companion is snatched away by Death in the bloom of life, that grief comes unaccompanied by any palliation. This affliction is the more severe to him who survives, that but a few months ago she left home and friends to accompany him to a strange land to share his toils and privations which are incident to all new beginners. From the time of her arrival amongst us to the day of her death, her deportment has been such as to gain the love and esteem of all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance; and when she was taken sick she had many kind friends to minister to her wants and watch her by day and by night. If the attention of skillful physicians, a devoted husband and attentive nurses could have saved her, our friend had not died. [Place of interment unknown]

The ways of Providence are past finding out by mortal man. Oh, may the good Lord, who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, bind up the wounded heart of him who has thus early been left to mourn the loss of one whom he expected to be a comfort and solace to him in after years; and may he adopt the language of Job, "the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." She cannot come to me but I may go to her.

H. T. Chapman
Columbus, June 8, 1858

Colorado Citizen, June 12, 1858

Williams, Maud

There is a fair prospect that Will Williams, the negro who beat and shot his wife last week, will have his neck broken by a rope, after all. The woman was reported very low Thursday afternoon, and Judge C. T. Hancock and Constable Henry J. Insall went out there and secured from her a statement as to the difficulty. She says her husband gave her a severe beating with a club across the stomach the evening before he shot her. She was en vienic at the time. A few hours afterward he shot her. In her condition, it is believed the beating would have proved fatal. At any rate, the combined beating and shooting caused her death, she dying at 4 o’clock yesterday morning. Williams had an examining trial before Judge C. T. Hancock last Saturday and was allowed bond in the sum of $1000, which he failed to give. He will now have to answer the charge of murder. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury. September 4, 1897, page 8

Williams, Mildred G. (Parker)

Mildred G. 'Moma Mildred' Parker Williams

March 11, 1943 - October 28, 2003

Tuesday, October 28, 2003, Mildred G. "Moma Mildred" Parker Williams was called to her eternal rest with our Mighty God at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

On march 11, 1943, Zell T. and Lillie Lee Parker were blessed with a beautiful girl. She was named Mildred Glenn.

She grew up and attended school in the Eagle Lake Community, confessing Christ at an early age at Greater Rising Star Baptist Church. Later in her Christian life, she moved her membership to White Cloud Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Obie Rhodes and remained until her death.

She served on the Nursing Board, Pastor's Aid Committee and Church Choir of White Cloud Baptist Church.

She was united in holy matrimony to Allen Leo Williams.

Preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Norma Jean; and two brothers, Johnny and Calvin Sr. ; she leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Allen Leo Williams of Garwood; three daughters, Veronica (Rev. Dave) Curry and Shelba Parker (Kenneth Colson Sr.) of Eagle Lake and Jacklyn (Howard) Rogers of Houston; two brothers, Royal L. Parker Sr. of Houston and Clyde (Lena) Parker of San Antonio; one sister-in-law, Katherine Parker of Eagle Lake; one aunt, Loreca Thomas of Eagle Lake; grandchildren, Draper (D'Andrea) Parker Sr. , LaToya Parker, Raeneisha Colson, Kenneth Colson Jr., and Lilionna Curry; great grandchildren, Eylandria, Mariah, LaRon, Ashley, Raven and Draper Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 1, from White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Dr. Obie Rhodes, pastor, officiating.

Interment followed in Rising Star Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Thomas J. Carter Sr., Malcolm Thomas, Norman Henderson Jr., Andre Black, James Parker Sr. and Sherman Curry.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of White Cloud Baptist Church, Royal L. Sr., Clyde L. and Draper Parker Sr., Rev. Dave Curry, Kenneth Colson Sr. and Howard Rogers.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 6, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Williams, Mollie Elizabeth (Oakes)


The hand of death has been laid heavily on one of Gliddens most respected families and one of our beloved citizens has been called up higher and there are tears and heartaches for the wife and mother departed.

Mrs. Mollie Oaks Williams died Tuesday morning at 6:30 o'clock of Influenza.

Mrs. Williams was born June 14, 1872 at the old homestead one [mile] west of Glidden and was the oldest daughter of Arthur and Pearlee Oakes, well known residents of Colorado county. Her father proceeded her to the grave fourteen years ago. When a girl she attended school at Columbus and has spent most of her life near the familiar scenes of her birth place.

On Oct. 28, 1891, she was happily married to Mr. S. R. Williams.

Mrs. Williams has been in feeble death[sic] for nearly a year, but had improved to such an extent that the family had hopes of her getting entirely well but the Spanish influenza was more than her strength could stand and her spirit took its flight to her eternal home.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the Methodist church and was a very popular woman and enjoyed a large circle of friends. Every one who knew her loved her quiet and unassuming manners which won many friends for her.

Besides a heartbroken husband and three children she leaves to mourn her sad death her mother, Mrs. Arthur Oakes of this place and sister, Mrs. Nola Johnson of San Antonio and two brothers, Tom and Arthur Oakes of this place. She was a woman whose traits of character bound friends and relatives to her in bonds of love and her demise is a source of great grief among them.

Her cherished remains were laid to rest in the family lot in Odd Fellows Rest Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.

Rev. C. P. Morgan, Methodist minister of Columbus officiating.

The entire community extends their sympathy to the bereaved husband and children, the grief stricken mother and all other members of the family.

Colorado Citizen, November 1, 1918

Williams, Newton Augustus "Gus"

By Mrs. C. Reichert

Once more the grim reaper has dipped into our section and carried away another of our beloved schoolmates and friends. This time it was Newton Augustus Williams, better known to all of his friends as Gus, but to his schoolmates and buddies as Newton.

Gus was born and raised here in Oak Grove, went to school here and got his education from Prof. J. W. Holt, and in later years he moved to Glidden, where he has been living ever since, although his heart was in the old home place, the last time it was our privilege to talk to him he made the remark, if he had his way he would have been back out here 40 years ago. Gus still loved his old stomping grounds, and was always happy to be out here. When the shock and sorrow of his unexpected demise was flashed around, it can better be imagined than described, for there were not too many of his friends knew that Gus was not feeling too well, but as we all know, Death comes at all hours and just when the family least expected it entered in and bore to that Heavenly home that precious form, leaving behind the lonely wife and two fine sons, who will miss him, but some day there will be a great reunion in that heavenly home where there will be no more parting. Thy will, oh God, not ours, be done. It is hard indeed to realize that one of your friends and schoolmates is gone forever. In his passing we drop a tear of sympathy, and would that we had the power to alleviate at least a portion of their suffering. May God be merciful to them. Gus was a good neighbor and friends, never letting an opportunity go by when he could help someone, always cheerful, and a word of encouragement to those who were less fortunate, and now that he is safe in his new home, he has made the journey, we bow our heads with the rest of the schoolmates and friends and ask God to bless his bereaved wife and sons. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

The Weimar Mercury, December 11, 1959
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Williams, Newton Rhodes

Former Weimar Area Man Buried Sunday At Glidden

Newton Rhodes Williams, 81, died early Sunday morning at his home in Glidden and was buried Sunday afternoon in the Ijams Cemetery there. He was the father of Lee and Gus Williams, well known in this section.

Born April 5, 1860, in Euphalia, Alabama, Mr. Rhodes [sic] spent most of his life in the Oak Grove, Weimar and Glidden sections, finally settling at Glidden, where he spent his last 18 years.

Pallbearers for the funeral were George Herder III of Weimar, H. F. Jordem, P. W. Obenhaus, S. J. Sutherland, J. A. Waltersen and Jess Wegenhoft.

Surviving Mr. Williams are his widow. Mrs. Mabia Williams and two sons, Lee Williams of Houston and Gus Williams of Glidden.

Services were held from the Columbus Funeral Home at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon and interment was made at 3:30 o'clock, the Rev. Reynolds, Baptist pastor of Columbus. officiating.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1941, page 1

Williams, Nobia (Walker)

Mrs. Williams Dies at Glidden

Funeral services were held Monday at Columbus Funeral home for Mrs. N. R. Williams who died of a heart attack at her home in Glidden Sunday morning.  Burial was in Pleasant Grove cemetery near Rocky Hill with the Rev. J. K. Ridgway of the Baptist church officiating.

Mrs. Williams was born Nobia Walker, a daughter of R. L. and Martha Ray Walker at the old Walker homeplace west of Glidden on July 4, 1967.  In 1884 she was married to Newton R. Williams who came to Texas from Alabama.  The couple lived on the Walker place for many years and their children were born there.  Later they moved to Glidden where Mr. Williams died on November 15, 1941.  During her earlier life Mrs. Williams help to rear a number of her nieces and nephews whose parents had died when the children were young.  Among them were Mrs. W. E. Obenhaus of Glidden, Mrs. Susie Wegenhoft of Rock Island, Charles Lowrey of Columbus and Walker Lowrey of Houston.

Mrs. Williams was the first president of Pleasant Grove cemetery association and was a member of the Baptist church at Glidden.

Surviving are two sons, R. Lee Williams of Houston and Gus Williams of Glidden and two grandsons, Pvt. Melvin Williams of the army and R. L. Williams of Glidden.  A daughter, Mattie, died at the age of 12.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, of Columbus, and Freelan Glithero, Harvey Hope, J. A. Watterson, J. K. Wallace and Jesse Wegenhoft of Glidden.

Colorado County Citizen, September 28, 1944, page 10
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Former Weimar Man’s Mother Dies At Glidden

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Nobie Williams, 67, with the Rev. J. K. Ridgway officiating. Interment was made in the Skull Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Walker and was born in Columbus, but had made Glidden her home for the past 21 years. She died at the home of her son, Gus Williams, in Glidden.

She was the mother of R. Lee Williams for many years a citizen of Weimar and an employee of the T. A. Hill Bank. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, R. L. Williams of Houston and Gus Williams of Glidden, and several grandchildren.

The Mercury extends condolence.

Weimar Mercury, September 29, 1944, page 1

Williams, Okla Mae

Negro Woman, 22, killed In Wreck On Oakland Road. .

The newly paved. Oakland-New Bielau road had its first auto accident late Thursday evening when a Chevrolet sedan overturned, fatally injuring 0kla Mae Williams, colored, 22-year-old daughter of Fritz Williams of Weimar.

Also in the car but uninjured was Napoleon Wilson, whom officers first booked for driving while intoxicated but later released when witnesses stated that the Williams girl had been the driver.

The girl suffered a skull fracture, two broken arms, six broken ribs, internal injuries and head lacerations. Taken to Youens Hospital, she expired two days later, Saturday afternoon at 1:10 o'clock. [Place of interment unknown]

Officers said the car left the road on a straight stretch just past the Otto Ulbricht corner. It overturned in the ditch near Gus Dahse's gate and was badly damaged.

Wilson, who twice before had been convicted of driving while intoxicated, told the officers at the scene of the wreck that he was the driver. They took him to jail at Columbus, but the following day several negroes from Oakland and one white couple from Weimar stated that they had seen the girl driving.

Weimar Mercury, September 7, 1951, page 1

Williams, Olean Estella (Hawkins)

Olean Estella Hawkins Williams, 65, of Garwood passed away Oct. 1 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 2, 1937 in Bannack County at Marsh Center to John Carl and Estella Lucile (Cappell) Hawkins. She was a former resident of Idaho, New Mexico and Victoria before recently moving to Garwood. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Calvin Grant Williams; and recently a son, Clifford Wade Williams of Altair on August 12.

She is survived by her children, Vera Calean Sorrels of Pocatello, Ind., Marie Annette Hower of Missoula, Mont., Berna-dine Estelle Williams of Altair, Ernest Kim Williams and wife, Vivian of Belen, N.M., Morgan Neil Williams and wife, Anna of Garwood, and Joel Paige Williams of Pie Town, N.M.; 15 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held Oct. 8 from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Branch President Del Vance officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, October16, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Williams, Oliver

Oliver WilliamsFuneral Held Here Nov. 20

Funeral services for Oliver Williams Sr., 63, were held Sunday, Nov. 20, at Macedonia Baptist Church. with burial in the Weimar Cemetery. Rev. M. L. Williams officiated.

Mr. Williams died Nov. 18 in Youens Memorial Hospital after a stroke.

Born here July 23, 1913, he was a son of Rev. and Mrs. Gathenia Williams. After graduation from Weimar High School he graduated from Powell Point Boarding School in Kendleton, Texas.

He became a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and later the Macedonia Baptist Church under the pastorate of his father.

He married Marie Miller Green on Sept. 22, 1935, and they lived in Houston for a few years, returning to Wèimar in 1948. He was employed at Brasher Motor Co.

Mr. Williams was superintendent of the Sunday School at Macedonia and on the deacon board. He also had served as church clerk for many years.

Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Marie Williams, and parents, Rev, and Mrs. G. A. Williams of Weimar; five
sons, Oliver Jr. and Lee Andrew of Weimar, G. A. and A. C. of Houston, and Waiter of Clute; one daughter, Mrs. Lillie Marie Barnes of Weimar; 14 grandchildren and a brother, R. A. Williams of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, December 2, 1976

Williams, Oliver Jr.

Oliver Williams Jr.Funeral Services Set Sept. 6

Oliver Williams Jr., 67, of Weimar, died Sept 1, at Parkview Manor in Weimar. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at greater Macedonia Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. Jarvis W. Nelson officiating.

Interment will follow at Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Williams was born March 15, 1936 in Weimar to Oliver and Marie (Miller) Williams.

He was affiliated with Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Williams is survived by his mother, Marie Williams of Weimar; sister, Lillie Mae Barnes of Weimar; three brothers, A. C. and wife Ada Williams of Houston, Walter and wife Katherine Williams of Sweeny, and Lee Andrew and wife Mildred Williams of Schulenburg.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Williams Sr. and one brother, Gathenia (G. A.) Williams.

The Weimar Mercury, September 4, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Williams, Ollie Mae (McDowell)

Mrs. Glen (Ollie Mae) Williams passed away in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Friday, Oct. 17 following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home Oct. 19, followed by interment in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island. The Rev. R. L. Cook, Pastor of the Baptist Church in Rock Island officiated. Favorite hymns, sung by Robert Jones, were “How Great Thou Art” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Mrs. Williams was born July 6, 1896 in Doniphan, Mo. Her parents were Oma and Jeff McDowell. She resided in Rock Island and Lissie areas all of her life. On June 6, 1916, she and Glen E. Williams were united in marriage in Abilene, Kan. He preceded her in death in June, 1955. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one son. Bill Williams, in May, 1959.

Survivors include one son, Ralph E. Williams and wife, Ruby, of Rock Island; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Wampler and husband, Melton, of Bastrop and Mrs. Carol Wiese and husband, Howard, of Lissie; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Church of Christ and resided in Rock Island before moving to Lissie in 1970.

She became ill in 1978 and since had made her residence at the Heritage House in Eagle Lake. Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Ed Wiese, Donnie Wiese of Eagle Lake, Jim Wampler of San Antonio, Glen Wampler of Lawton, Okla., Leland Williams of Huntsville, and Robert Jones of Clear Lake.

The Colorado Citizen, October 30, 1980, page 2
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Williams, Queen Ellen

Last Monday morning Queen Ellen Williams, an old negro woman residing on the Carlton place about two miles south of town, accidently[sic] fell into the fire while alone in her home and was burned to death, her right arm, shoulder and head being burned and charred beyond all possible recognition. She was not discovered until life was extinct, when upon the return of her children to the house from the cow pen, a most horrible and ghastly sight was presented. Justice Miller being absent from the county on business, County Judge Mansfield went down and held an inquest, which resulted in a finding in accordance with the above facts. [place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1902

Williams, Ralph E.


Ralph E. Williams, 86, of Rock Island passed away Feb. 24 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Lingle, Wyo. Oct. 7, 1917 to Glen and Ollie Williams and married Ruby Powell Aug. 23, 1943.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He taught in Rock Island, Sheridan and Rice school districts. He was a member of the Rock Island Baptist Church where he served as deacon for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Williams; and sister, Dorothy Williams Wampler.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Marilyn Williams Jones and husband Bob, Beverly Williams Lott and husband John; son, Leland Williams; grandchildren, Christi Jones, Jeremy Jones and Lauren Lott; sister, Carol Williams Wiese; niece, Dottie Wampler Bransford; nephews, Jim Wampler, Eddie Wiese, Donnie Wiese and Glen Wampler.

Funeral services were March 1 at Rock Island Baptist Church with pastor Bob Gregory and Bob Allison officiating.

Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Andrew Allison, Ross Bransford, Glen Wampler, Jim Wampler, Donnie Wiese and Eddie Wiese.

Memorials may be made to South Texas Children's Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, TX 78104 or a charity of choice.

Colorado County Citizen, March 19, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Willliams, Rance

Eagle Lake Items

Two good freedmen, Rance Williams and John Howard, died in this community last week. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, Februry 12, 1891

Williams, Robert Lee

Ex-Resident Lee Williams Buried Here

Graveside services for Robert Lee Williams, 91, of Houston were held at Masonic Cemetery here Thursday afternoon, Sept. 9, after services at Settegast Kopf Chapel, Houston.

Mr. Williams died September 6.

A native of Oak Grove community southwest of Weimar, he met and married Alma Herder here. They also lived at Bay City and Eagle Lake before moving to Houston. Mrs. Williams died in 1953.

Mr. Williams had retired as president of Gulf Coast Rice Mill. He was a past president of the American Rice Millers Association, past president and director of Houston Merchants Exchange, a member of the board of directors of Bay City Drying Co., a director of Garwood Lumber Co., a 50-year member of Weimar Lodge No. 423, AF&AM, a 50-year member of Bay City Commandery No. 74, Knights Templar, and 50-year member of the Houston Consistory, Valley of Houston, Orient of Texas.

Survivors are nephews Melvin A. Williams of Beaumont, Riley Williams of San Antonio and great-nephews Roland M. Williams, Stephen N. Williams and Michael Lee Homeyer.

Pallbearers were Roland M. Williams, Stephen N. Williams, Michael Lee Homeyer, Tom Gould, Charles Craft and Clyde W. Hanks III.

The Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1976
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Williams, Rubye Faye (Glenn)


Rubye Faye Glenn Williams, 57, of Kansas City, Kan., passed away Aug. 29 at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

She was born Aug. 2, 1947 to Ester Lee and Willie Glenn Sr. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus and was a 1965 graduate of Riverside High School.

She attended Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins and later Texas Southern University in Houston. She was a teacher at Chelsey Elementary and at Hawthorne Elementary in Kansas City, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Williams, of Kansas City, Kan; mother; sisters, Margie Whitehead of Glidden, Carolyn Williams of Columbus, Regina Aubry of Missouri City and Sandra Glenn of Columbus; brothers, Willie Glenn Jr. of Columbus, Joseph Glenn of Katy, James Glenn of Columbus, Kirk Glenn of Bastrop and Rudy Glenn of Columbus; great-aunt, Bea; aunts, Ora Lee, Ann Davis, Eunice Bratcher, Mattie Banks and Gloria Hurd; and uncles, Leon Glenn and Elza Glenn.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 4, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with Pastor Charles Purnell officiating. Interment followed at Shepherd Memorial Cemetery in Glidden.

Pallbearers were Kevin, Tyrell and Brian Glenn, Thomas Carter, Bertrand Rodrigues, Frank Clayborne, Joe Dancy and Ryan Glenn.

Honorary pallbearers were Leon Glenn, Timothy and Thomas Whitehead, Ernest, Andrew and James Smallwood, Roy B. Wilson and Ervin Hurd.

Colorado County Citizen, September 15, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Williams, Sam, Jr.

Last rites for Sammie Williams Jr. were held at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in Alleyton July 11, with Rev. H. Woodfork, pastor officiating. He died Diagnostic Center of Houston July 7.

He was a son of Sammie and Clarissa Williams, born Dec. 18, 1903. He married Dessie Mae Wilson in 1925 and they lived in Alleyton. He worked for TCM as a locomotive driver and later as a welder for the company.

He is survived by his wife; his father; 3 daughters; 5 grandchildren; 2 brothers and one sister.

Ben Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, July 24, 1975
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Williams, Samuel Robert

Prominent Glidden Citizen Is Dead

Mr. S. R. Williams, prominent citizen of Glidden, died Tuesday night of last week. He had been in ill health a long time, we understand. Mr. Williams was a native of Georgia, and was born Aug. 20, 1866. He was employed for many years in the Southern Pacific yards at Glidden.
He was married to Miss Mollie Oakes on Oct. 28, 1891, and to this union three children were born--Doris, Robert and Nola. The first named afterward became Mrs. Louis Schulenburg, who died some years ago. Mrs. Williams preceded her husband in death in 1918. Two children surviving are Mr. Robert Williams of San Antonio and Mrs. Tom Ordner. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 1932, page 1

Williams, Theodore Lawrence Sr.

Williams, Sr. Theodore Lawrence

Theodore Lawrence Williams Sr., 64 of Alleyton known as “Lil Brother” and “Ted”, passed away April 27 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

He was born in Alleyton May 2, 1944 to Willie Lee and Geneva Howard Williams.

After graduating from the public schools of Alleyton and Columbus, he joined the United States Air Force and served his country as an Air Policemen. After completing his tour of duty, he received an honorable discharge.

He later married Theresa Johnson and distinguished himself as a Laboratory Technician at Quantum Chemical Company in Deer Park for 25 years before his retirement.

He was baptized at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church of Alleyton. After relocating to Houston as an adult, he became a member of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Gusta Booker Sr., Pastor.

He served as a member of the Brotherhood, a Sunday School teacher and the Children Boys Ministry for many years.

He will be remembered as being multi-talented with electronics, electrical, mechanical, carpentry and more. His favorite hobbies were folk art, hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sons, Theodore “Ted Jr.” Williams Jr. and Trenton “Trent” Williams, both of Houston; two sisters, Norma Carethers (Rev. L.J.) of Fort Worth and Margie Ware (Joe) of Austin; three cousins, Sammie C. Cannedy and Jewell Allen of Oakland, Calif. and Maggie Smith of Los Angeles, Calif.; two aunts, Charlesetta Howard Jones of Columbus, Ind. and Olivia Gibbs of Houston; two nephews, Min. William Tony Ervin, Sr. (Iyesha) of Houston and Rodney Carethers (Teffey) of Dallas; one niece, Calandra Gamble (Wandell) of Flower Mound; and a host of great nephews, nieces, other relatives and numerous friends.

Funeral services took place Saturday, May 2 at Green Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Eugene Thomas and Dr. Gusta Booker Sr. officiating. Interment took place at Alleyton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles Brown, Ivory Collins, Michael Fitzgerald, Jack Mays, Sylvester Stovall and Maurice Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were Theodore Williams Jr., Trenton Williams, Joe Ware, Rodney Carethers, Wendell Gamble and Min. William Tony Ervin, Sr.

Colorado County Citizen, May 6, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Williams, Thomas Spencer

T. S. Williams aged 74 years, father of J. T. Williams [John Thomas Williams, born 1850, Sumner County, Tennessee], the popular grocer of this city, died at his residence [actually, the residence of his son, Henry Swan Williams, Mayor of Columbus] in Columbus, Texas, Wednesday of last week. Mr. Williams went down to Columbus, Thursday, but arrived too late for the funeral. The deceased visited his son, in Cleburne, in the spring and made a friend of all with whom he came into contact. The Review tenders sincere condolence to its good friend in his sore bereavement.

Cleburne Review, Cleburne, TX, August 22, 1900
Clipping from Clara Ruth Pearson Ernest, contributed by Don Smith


In common with his many friends in this section, the Citizen regrets to note the death of Captain T. S. Williams, early last Thursday, who died in this city at the residence of his
son, Mayor Williams (Mayor Henry Swan Williams, born 1854, Tennessee, son of Thomas Spencer Williams), early last Thursday morning.

His remains were committed to earth at 10:00 last Friday morning, from the Methodist church, a large number of relatives and friends accompanying the hearse to the grave. Impressive funeral ceremonies were conducted by Rev. J. W. McMahan, pastor of the Methodist church, the solemnity being enhanced by the touching and appropriate choir service.

Thomas Spencer Williams was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, May 29, 1826, was married to Miss Elizabeth Frazer in 1846, the union having been blessed with seven children, four boys and three girls of whom three boys and one girl survive their
father. In 1850 the family removed to Obion County, Tennessee, and in the fall of 1862 to a farm near Hickman, Kentucky. In May, 1861, the subject of this sketch enlisted as a private in the confederate army, and after about fourteen months of service was honorably discharged for disability July 23, 1862.

Among his highly prized and interesting papers is a copy of his commission as caption of militia, signed by the lamented Governor Isham G. Harris.

"Uncle Tom" as he was familiarly called, visited his relatives and friends in Texas about seven years ago, then returned to his Kentucky home, and in April of this year came out to permanently reside with his son in this city. He was for many years a consistent and upright member of the Methodist Episcopal church, strong in his faith, and in his daily life exemplified his firm and unchanging belief and devotion to its doctrines. He was plain, outspoken, honest, a true Southern man, with few faults and many virtues; and during his short stay among us made many friends and won the respect of all. To his bereaved relatives we tender sincere sympathy in their irreparable loss. [Burial place unknown.]

He has gone from our sight
But not from our love.

Colorado County Citizen, August 22, 1900
Clipping from Clara Ruth Pearson Ernest, contributed by Don Smith

Williams, Tom


Tom Williams, a colored man and citizen of our community since early boyhood, passed away Tuesday afternoon, after an illness which lasted from July, 1936, up to the time of his death. He was an employe of the Herder interests from early manhood up to the time of his last illness, with exception of one year when he was connected with railroad work. In all it is probable he was a servitor in the Herder stores for a period of perhaps forty years, and in our opinion he served this family faithfully and well. He was about 70 years old at the time of death.

His last employer, Mr. Geo. Herder, Jr., reminiscing over the past years, said he fired Tom once. Next morning he heard someone whistling around the store, and upon investigating found Torn hard at work. Reminding him that he had been fired the previous evening, Tom retorted In a joking way that he couldn't fire him, for he "was there first". Mr. Herder said that Tom's dry humor appealed to him, and Tom kept the job.

Tom Williams was well and favorably known to all classes of our people, and his death is deeply and sincerely regretted. The remains were laid to rest in the colored people's burying ground west of town this (Thursday). afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Weimar Mercury, November 5, 1937, page 1

Williams, unknown

Columbus Item

The infant child of Mr. H. S. Williams died about 1 p.m. Thursday. The funeral took place from the family residence at 9 a.m. next morning, at the city cemetery. God will comfort the poor father and mother. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 1890
Don Smith contributed that this was the son of Henry Swan and Martha (Ramsey) Williams

Williams, unknown

A daughter of Rev. Henry Williams, Colored, of this city, died in Houston last week and the remains were brought here for interment Thursday afternoon. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 4. 1925, page 4

Williams, unknown

Negro Man Found Dead Along Track

An engineer on one of he Southern Pacific trains passing through here reported having seen a man lying alongside of the track early Wednesday of this week.

Investigation was made at once and the body of a negro man was found along side the track just opposite the dance hall at Borden. The body was taken in charge by Undertaker Lee Ward and brought to Weimar, where on Thursday morning it was identified as being a man by the name of Williams, who had lived near Oakland.

The body was taken to near Oakland for burial by the young man’s father. The man was about 29 years old, and was seen in Weimar some time Monday.

It is supposed that he was riding on a freight and probably lost his hold and fell off. The body was scratched and bruised badly. It is thought the man had been dead a couple of days when found. [Interment in Oakland Hill Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 9, 1929, page 1

Williams, unnamed twin
Williams, unnamed twin

Twin babies were born prematurely to Essie Mae Williams of this city last week. Weighing only a pound and a half apiece, one died two days after birth and the other died Wednesday. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 26, 1946 , page 1

Williams, Violet

“Aunt Violet:” Williams, a colored citizenof our place for many years and said tobe 90 years old, died Friday morning and was buried the followind day in the colored people’s burying ground west of town.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1928, page 5

Williams, Walter Ray Sr.


Retired 1st. Sgt. Walter Ray "Bush" Williams Sr., 72, of Alleyton, died Sunday, June 8, 1997 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Houston.

Born July 10, 1924 in Alleyton, he was the son of Sam Williams and Mary Etta Smith, He attended Columbus Colored High School before a career in the military. Mr. Williams was a retired Army sergeant who served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict.

While in Korea, he was declared missing in action and later found after having spent over three years as a prisoner of war. Sgt. Williams received the Purple Heart among numerous other milary[sic] medals and citations. He returned to Alleyton following his retirement, where he was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.

Services with full military honors including a tribute by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, were held June 14 at Green Grove Baptist Church in Alleyton with Rev. Eugene Thomas officiating. Interment followed in Alleyton Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Active and honorary pallbearers were friends and members of Mr. Williams' family.

Mr. Williams is survived by son Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Fort Worth; daughters Beverly A. Hargrove of Columbus and Jo Ann Smith and Terry D. Willis, both of Fort Worth; brothers Herman D. Williams. Clarence Williams and Willie Williams, all of Alleyton; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of nieces , nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; sisters Octavia Smith and Ruthe Bea Barnes; wife Margaret Lee Williams; and daughter, Jannie E. Williams.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 1997

Williams, Walter William

Prominent Citizen’s Sudden Death Causes Deep Sorrow Here

People of this entire section were shocked beyond description Saturday morning last when news of the sudden death of one of the most prominent citizens of this community was learned. We refer to Mr. Walter Williams, Sr. Some several days ago Mr. Williams was attacked with heart trouble and for a time was in dangerous condition, but through securing prompt medical attention he seemed to recover and apparently was getting along very nicely. Full particulars of this attack of heart trouble was published in the Mercury of week before last.

Mr. Williams was well enough to be in town several times last week, in fact was in town Friday before his death. At that time he seemed in fine spirits, and all believed that he was practically out of danger.

Saturday morning while at home preparing to shave himself, another and more severe attack of heart trouble struck him, he toppled over and in a few seconds was cold in death. Physicians were hurriedly summoned, but when they arrived it was too late. Death was practically instantaneous when the second stroke hit him. The grief of his good wife, children, relatives and friends over his sudden and tragic death is beyond description.

Preparations for the funeral were made, and on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock the body of this good man was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery at this place, attended by one of the largest crowds ever assembled at any funeral in this section, so far as the writer knows. The funeral procession reached from the family residence almost to the cemetery, a distance of nearly two miles. Rev. Verner Stokes of Liberty, Texas, former pastor of Mr. Williams and for whom he entertained the warmest friendship made a special trip here for the purpose of officiating at the burial service, in which he was ably assisted by the local Baptist pastor, Rev. J. H. Hall.

Pall bearers for the occasion were Messrs. Geo. Herder, Jr., A. H. Plagens, T. H. McDonald, T.. W. Hill, Ben B. Holt and Henry J. Laas.

Mr. Williams was born at the family home near Schulenburg in the year 1875, and he was slightly over 54 years of age at the time of his death. His parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. Williams, highly regarded citizens of Fayette county throughout their life time. In early life Mr. Williams was united in marriage to Miss Willie Melor, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. P.. Melor, respected citizens of this community, and he is survived by his widow and three children--Mrs. John Doggett of Bay City, Mrs. Ray. Kusey of Schulenburg and Mr. Walter Williams, Jr., of this city,. Another daughter, Ethel Lorene, died at the age of 5 years.

For a time after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Williams lived in Schulenburg, where he was engaged in the grocery business Later he sold out and moved to his farm a short distance southwest of Weimar, where the family resided up to the time of his death.

Mr. Williams was a man of pleasing personality, honest, upright and correct in his habits, with a cheery greeting for his friends everywhere, and a man whom to know was to esteem highly. He was ever a man of energy and frugality, and accumulated during his lifetime quite a competence. He was a member of the board of directors of the T. A. Hill State Bank, a staunch member of the local Baptist Church, and was always regarded as one of the foremost citizens of our community. In his passing all feel deeply the loss our community has sustained.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 18, 1930, page 1

Williams, William E.

Williams Rites In Rock Island Today
By Mrs. M. I. Nicewander

ROCK ISLAND--Funeral services for W. E. (Bill) Williams will be held at the First Baptist church in Rock Island today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. and burial will be in Myrtle cemetery at Rock Island.

Mr. Williams, who was 25, died in Veterans hospital at Houston Tuesday night after a lengthy illness. He was a son of Mrs. Glen Williams of Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, May 7, 1959, page 12

W. E. Williams Last Rites Held

ROCK ISLAND-- Funeral services for W. E. Williams were conducted at the Baptist church here last Thursday afternoon by M. C. Chrisp, pastor of the Church of Christ in Victoria.

Mr. Williams, youngest son of Mrs. Glen Williams of Rock Island, died in the Veterans hospital in Houston after a 3-year illness.

He was born Oct. 26, 1933 in La Pryor but spent most of his life in Rock Island where he graduated from high school in 1951. He served 4 years with the navy.

Survivors include his mother; 2 sister, Mrs. Dorothy Wampler of Smithville and Mrs. Carol Weise of Lissie; and a brother, Ralph E. Williams of Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, May 14, 1959, page 7

Williams, Willie


Funeral services were held for Willie Williams Thursday, October 2 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Rosary of(sic) was held Wednesday, October 1. at Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Williams was born July, 16, 1905 in Galveston to Oscar Frank Williams and Julia Anderson Williams. He was raised in Colorado County by his foster parents, Henry and Ida Grabow Kansteiner.

He married Lydia Kruege(sic) William's January 9, 1933. He was a retired chief petty officer for the US. Coast Guard.

He spent most of his lifetime in Columbus. He was affiliated with St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Mr. Williams was past commander of V.F.W. Post 6113 in Columbus. He was a member of WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Lydia Williams of Columbus; one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce W. and James A. Janow of Kountze; one sister, Helen Nelson of Houston; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Floyd Borski, Allen. .D. Janow, Alfred Nelson, Dwight Mazac, Gene Pekar, Frankie Peters, Allen Hammack and Virgil Rawe.

Colorado County Citizen, October 9, 1986

Williams, Willie Lee


Willie Lee Williams, 83, of Fort Worth, passed away April 30 at a care center.

He was born Jan. 23, 1923 and was a lifetime resident in Alleyton until a recent relocation to Fort Worth with his family. He was a retired precision welder for TC&M Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geneva Williams; four brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his children, Norma and husband, the Rev. Lonnie J. Carethers, Margie and husband, Joe Ware and Theodore Williams Sr.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, May 6 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Alleyton. Interment followed at the Alleyton Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, May 10, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen
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