Funeral services for Willie Ann Williams will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at New Light M.B. Church. Rev. Larry King will officiate. Burial will be at Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, June 29, 2018, from4:00pm-6: 00 pm at Brown's Chapel.
Willie Ann Williams was born on January 25, 1947, to the late Alco and Maple Edwards in Wabash, Arkansas.
Willie Ann confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at the Old Jerusalem M.B. Church under the leadership of the late Rev. F.W. Williams.
After graduating from Elaine high school, Willie Ann gained employment at Helena Sportswear where she worked for many years until retirement. After retiring from Helena Sportswear, she became a care giver for the Phillips County Developmental Center and the Area on Aging. She was caring and loved the families that she served.
Willie Ann was married to the late Lee “Mane” Williams, Sr. for over forty years and to this union three children were born, Lee, Jr., Anthony, and Crystal.
Willie Ann was a willing worker for the Lord. She planted her roots in Old Jerusalem M.B. Church, Point Pleasant M.B. Church, Galilee M.B. Church, Beautiful Zion M.B. Church, Church of the Living God Church and New Haven M.B. Church. While at the Church of the Living God under the leadership of Bishop Michael Jenkins, she was ordained an eldress.
Willie Ann was the founder and an active member of the popular singing groups, the New Light Singers, and the Edward Singers. On occasion, she would also sing with the Golden Stair Steppers. She loved singing. Singing for the Lord was her passion.
Willie Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her devoted husband, Lee Williams, Sr., sisters; Appleteen Edwards, Gloria Edwards, and Sandra Edwards; two brothers, Alco Edwards, Jr., and Ronnie Lee Edwards.
She departed this life, peacefully on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at St. Bernard Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Willie Ann leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Lee Williams, Jr., and Anthony DeShun Williams of Jonesboro, AR, a daughter, Crystal Williams of Jonesboro, AR, nineteen grandchildren, two sisters, Juanita Edwards-Thomas of Memphis, TN and Amanda Glass(Supt. Earl) of Pine Bluff, AR, two brothers, Nelson Edwards and Garry Edwards of Little Rock, AR, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.brownseternallightfuneralservices.com