|“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation;
For when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” James 1:12
Rev. Robert Williams was born on March 31, 1931, to the late Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Williams, Sr., of White Castle, Louisiana. He graduated from McDonough #35 Senior High School of New Orleans. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, and the Bachelor of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary.
Rev. Williams was the recipient of several awards and honors while matriculating at Gammon Theological Seminary. Among those were the Methodist National Travel Seminar Award and the Crusade Scholarship Award. He was a member of Theta Phi International Society (Theta Phi is an honor society for theological student scholars in the field of religion and outstanding religious leaders, without distinction of creed, race, or sex.)
Rev. Williams served on numerous boards and agencies of the former Louisiana Conference “B”, and chaired several committees on the New Orleans District Conference. He also served on the following committees and boards in the Louisiana Annual Conference: Vice Chairman of the Committee on District Conference Records, member of the Committee on Lay Workers, member of the Board of Health and Welfare Ministries, and member of the Board of Trustees of Lafon Protestant Home. He held membership in several civic and religious organizations of the City of New Orleans. He has held positions as a Welfare Visitor and Case Supervisor I with Louisiana State Department of Public Welfare. Rev. Williams was an associate member of the National Association of Social Workers. He was a Prince Hall Mason of the East End Lodge #210, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F. & A. M. of Louisiana. He served in the Korean War and was past President of the Black Methodist for Church Renewal.
Rev. Williams was an elder in the United Methodist Church and as a member of the Louisiana Annual Conference, he pastored numerous churches that included White’s Chapel CME Church, Springfield, Tennessee; Martin Chapel Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee; Brooks United Methodist Church, Williams United Methodist Church, Peck United Methodist Church, and Hartzell United Methodist Church, all in New Orleans, Louisiana; St. Mark United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Lutcher United Methodist Church, Lutcher, Louisiana; Asbury United Methodist Church, Clinton, Louisiana; Scott United Methodist Church, Port Allen, Louisiana and Shiloh United Methodist Church, Maringouin, Louisiana.
Rev. Robert Williams departed this life at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2001 at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. He is survived by a loving wife, Helen Williams, two sons, Rolen Williams and Wyndell (Angela) Williams of Baton Rouge; three daughters, Efylma Braniff of Dallas, Texas; Diedre Vincent and Saundra W. Watts of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; five grandchildren, James Robert Williams, Christina Vincent, Wyquita Gradnigo, Terrence and Marquis Watts; two brothers and four sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 269 By Helen Williams|