Services for Evelyn Williams, 96, of Kilgore, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, at First Pentecostal Church with Rev. Clay Strawn, Rev. James Boatman and Rev. Harold Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Rusk County Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, from 1-2 p.m. at First Pentecostal Church, one hour prior to service. Mrs. Williams passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Kilgore.

Mrs. Williams was born on July 13, 1920 in Lincoln, Arkansas to the late William W. Bliss and Annie Myers. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Kilgore and was a homemaker. During all her years as a minister’s wife, Mrs. Williams welcomed many aspiring young preachers into her home. While these men learned how to minister to God’s flock from Brother Williams, Mrs. Williams became their “Mamaw” and a shining example of a pastor’s wife. In fact, most everyone who knew her well and referred to her as Mamaw, a tribute to her loving kind nature. Mrs. Williams enjoyed  flowers, reading and quilting and her cooking and peanut brittle will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The Lord and family was the source of her strength and  spending time with her family was when she was the happiest and will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Preceding her are her son, Rev. Tommy Williams,  six sisters and five brothers.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 73 years, Rev. Walter Williams of Kilgore; daughter, Mary Pharris and husband Russell of Kilgore; son, Walter Williams Jr. and wife Sherry of Fruitvale; grandchildren, Marc Pharris, LaRonda Pharris, Russell Pharris Jr., Kaylynn Strawn, Stephanie Rivero, Josh Williams, Stormy Canady and Anthony Williams; great-grandchildren, Kennedy Bryant, Gunter Pharris, Christopher Pharris, Jonathan Pharris, Victoria Pharris, Noah Strawn, Faith Strawn, Abigail Rivero, Jonathan Rivero, Isiah Rivero, Benna Williams, Brylee Williams, Breagan Williams, Brycen Williams, Quinton Williams and Bethany Thompson; great-great-grandchildren, Addyson Strawn and Atticus Strawn, and numerous nieces and nephew  and other loving family members.

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