Funeral Service for 92 year old, Mrs. Lillie Mae Williams of Clarksville, TX who went to be with her Lord November 2, 2017 at her residence in Clarksville, Texas, will be Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at Zion Traveler Baptist Church, 501 E. Walnut Street, Clarksville, TX with Pastor P.A. Porchia officiating Interment: Hebron Cemetery, Clarksville, TX
Under the direction of by Citizens Funeral Home, 500 E. Church St, Clarksville, TX. Condolences may be made at www.citizensfuneralhome.com.
The birth of Lillie Mae Baker Williams was shared on October 16, 1925 by her parents Charlie Baker and Cora Gamble Baker in Annona, Texas, and so began a spirit filled life. At a very young age Lillie's true talent was recognized as she witnessed to the power of God as a soloist in the church. Her singing journey for the Lord would continue until her health prevented her from singing in the choir in recent years. She became a member of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Annona while very young, and later moved her membership to the Zion Traveler Baptist Church in Clarksville.
After graduation from Cheatham High School in Clarksville, Lillie became the bride of Walter Williams, who preceded her in death in 1979. To that union five children were born.
She was employed at the Red River Arsenal and later became a housekeeper. Lillie was devoted to her family, church and community. She was an excellent cook with her caramel and strawberry cakes, yeast rolls, and deep fried chicken attracting citizens from throughout the Clarksville community. She loved to sing and to share with others, and she became a true Clarksville sports fan over the years.
Mrs. Williams was known in the community as 'Mama Lillie.' The name was respectfully and cheerfully shared in reference to her motherly demeanor, by both the young and the old. Her warm smile, soft spoken voice, and sound advice, often attracted visitors to her home. It has already been said, "to know her was to love her.'
As her health failed in recent years, family and church still remained her priorities. She remained faithful, and always willing to serve the Lord. She exhibited deep love and devotion to her Pastor, Rev. P.A. Porchia, and his family, as well as the entire Zion church family.
Over the years Mama Lillie had served as Chairman of the Deaconess Committee, Choir President, Missionary Society member as well as a weekly Sunday School class member, and a Birthday Captain. She was the final remaining member of the Zion four member, Golden Girls group, who were well known over the years in Red River County. She departed this life on November 2, 2017 as the Mother of the Church, and with family and friends at her bedside.
As her hour of death neared, Lillie remained strong in the Lord. She didn't fear death because she knew where her appointed journey would take her.
She was proceeded in death by;
Her husband, Walter Williams,
Her sons-Michael Williams and Alvin Ray Williams,
Her parents-Charlie and Cora Baker, sisters-Essie Smith, Charlene Edwards, and Thelma Turner
Her brothers-Bobby Baker, Earnest Baker, Henry Baker, Milton, Baker, and Willie Baker.
She is survived by her son, Bruce Williams of the home in Clarksville, TX
Her Daughters-Beverly Nelson of Clarksville, TX and Pamela Clayton of Houston, TX
Her step Daughters-Majorie Parrish of Clarksville, TX, and Celia Coleman(Ronald) San Diego, CA.
Her Sisters-Mary Hayes, Clarksville, TX, Joann Murphy, Maderia CA, and Evelyn Johnson, Las Vegas, NV.
Her Sister-In-Laws, Gracie Baker, Dallas, TX, Jo Baker, Clarksville, TX, Virginia Baker, New Orleans, LA
Her Brother-In-Law, Levi Turner, Annona, TX
14 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great-great Grandchildren
Her three special friends-Odessa Smith, Betty Wright and Helen Scales
And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
Citizens Funeral Home posted Lillie Williams Obituary on Monday, November 6, 2017
Hebron Cemetery, Clarksville, TX