Sept. 3, 1912 - Nov. 1, 1969
|Julia Pearl Graves Williams retained “to the hills from which her help had come” after a long and painful Illness, on November 1, 1969. Her Lord helped her through a life of service to others and in the latter days and months of her struggle helped her home to him. To the end, her faith was m God’s premise to keep her “going out and coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.”
Julia Pearl was born in Knoxo in Walthall County, Mississippi, on September 3,. 1912, the daughter of Nathaniel L and Ruby Ford Graves. She had Methodist preachers in her background; on her mother’s side, the Alfords and on her father’s side, the Lewises.
She married a Methodist preacher, Douglas T. Williams~ on November 10, 1938, and before her death she had the great pleasure of knowing that her son, Douglas T. Williams, Jr., would become a preacher also. He is now at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville Tennessee.
While not a Methodist preacher herself, Julia Williams was all that a wife of a Methodist preacher should be. A loving wife and mother, a true homemaker, she offered her husband the kind of confidence and assurance every man needs in the long days of his ministry. She was a person who loved people as much as her husband did, and her visits and kind acts performed or e sick, the elderly and the newcomers brought joy in all of the pastorates served by the family. She was with Doug at Mer Rouge, Rayne, Columbia Coushatta, Winnsboro, to mention some of their longer pastorates, and she died at Zachary where they had been for a short time.
This writer always felt comfortable when visiting Doug and Julia; there was warm hospitality in their home. She was so sincere, warm, and eager to make the visitor comfortable that one felt he was in a “haven of blessing and a place of peace.”
Funeral service were held in the Zachary Methodist Church. Rev. Ralph Cam and Dr. Luman E. Douglas officiated. She was buried at Knoxo, Mississippi. Besides her husband and her son, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Saul Tabot, Mrs. Roy Magee, Miss Margaret Graves; two brothers, Linwood and Ewell Graves They are all from Walthall County, Mississippi.
“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Ps. 121
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Conference A, 1970, Page 149, by Rev. Ralph Cain.|