|Life was given to Douglas Theodore Williams, Sr. at Haslem, Texas (Shelby County), September 30, 1915. His parents moved to DeRidder, Louisiana early in his life, and all his school years were spent in that city. Doug graduated from Northwestern State University in 1940. He was licensed to preach in 1936 by the Lake Charles District, entered the Louisiana Conference on trial 1937, ordained deacon 1939, and received elders orders in 1941.
D. T. and Julia Pearl Graves were united in marriage October 10, 1938, and she was his faithful wife until her death during his pastorate in Zachary. To this union was born a son, Douglas T. Williams, Jr., the pride of his father’s life. One could only talk to “Brother Doug” a short time until “Young Doug” came into the conversation. The younger Williams presently serves as chaplain of the Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston. Doug was blessed by this marriage and his son.
After Julia died, the Lord blessed Doug a second time when Edna York Philips came into his life. They were married in 1973. No pastor could have had a more cheerful and loving parsonette than “Miss Edna!”
The following is a list of appointments served by D. T. during his almost 45 years of service: Angie (4 churches), Natalbany (4 churches), St. Francisville-Tunica; North Baton Rouge, Mer Rouge, Sterlington, Rayne-Branch, Columbia-Hebert, Coushatta, Winnsboro;, Zachary, Summer Grove, Arcadia-Mt. Moriah, Vidalia, Reveille-Crew Lake, and Golden Meadow-Grand Isle 1979 until his death March 20, 1982.
Brother Doug was always a methodical pastor, understanding fully and living up to Mr. Wesley’s demand for the right thing to be done at the right time. In his last 36 hours on this earth he saw to his D.S. meeting with his PPR Committee prior to his planned retirement at Conference. After seeing to this last act of responsibility, he entered the hospital the next morning and left this life in only a few hours.
His funeral services were held by his Bishop and District Superintendent and a layman, Mr. Robert Cheramie, who read the Twenty-third Psalm in French, as he had read Scripture for many Sunday evening worship services previously.
After almost 45 years of ministerial service “Brother Doug’s” spirit has returned to God who initially gave it, and his body was laid to rest in a family place in Knoxo, Mississippi. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of thy Lord.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1982; p. 160 By William C. Blakely March 29, 1982|