We give all praises to God for the life and legacy of our beautiful Mother, Grace Evelyn Williams.
Grace was the youngest of thirteen children born to the parentage of George and Jo Ella Williams in Kilgore, Texas on August 26, 1926. She was the last survivor of nine daughters and four sons born to this union. She lived a Blessed and Honorable life of 94 years on this earth.
Grace was very self-educated in the Bible. She may only have had an 10th grade education, but She was a great student of the word of God from early on. While still young, She would preach to her nieces and she also baptized them. (One got strangled but she survived. Lol!) The Bible states that many are called but few are chosen. Out of the thirteen, she was the chosen one.
In Early Childhood, she was a member of Fredonia Baptist Church. Later she became a member of Kilgore Baptist Church. Next on her journey Grace united with Mt. Zion Spiritual Church #3 in the Fredonia Community and Bishop Eddie Mae Dupree was her Pastor for many years. Under her guidance, she received her license to become a Preacher. She also was the Sunday School Teacher and the Choir Director. On many occasions she would walk to church if need be. Someone would always stop to offer a ride. When she could not get there, she would sit her children down in a circle on the floor at home, teach them how to read from the Bible, and study the Word of God. She never missed an opportunity. It was like Fire shut up in her bones and one way or another, she had to put it out. Later on she united with Highland Park Assembly of God Church where she sang songs of praise and served until Covid-19 shut down the country and large groups could not gather any more.
Grace was a homemaker and a Seamstress for most her life. She made all of her attire and her daughters attire as well while they were growing up. Then she taught them how to sew as long as they were willing to learn. For some reason, it only stuck with one of them and now she’s a professional seamstress.
In the year of 1947 on July 5, our Mother met the love of her life, David, and they were married. To this union eleven children were born, 7 sons and 4 daughters. One son did not survive but she loved the ten, took care of and nurtured them to the best of her knowledge and ability. Can you imagine today, a young lady just past her 30’s with 10 children following in behind her. That’s how she became the Choir Director. She had her own choir and they followed her lead. It had to be by the Grace of God that she remained sane. No wonder she was called “Grace in Motion”.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, David L. Williams, Sr., sons David Jr., and Rev. Al. a grandson, Gregory. Left to cherish her memories and continue her legacy are 4 sons: Billy of Houston, Jerry, Joseph (Vicki) of Dallas and Cecil (Charlie) of Longview; 4 daughters: Doris (John), Sherry (Slick) Mary (Clarence) of Kilgore, Jeanett (Butch) Tyler; 21 Grands; 29 Great Grands; and 2 Great Great Grandkids; a host of nieces, nephews, family, church family, and friends.
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