“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” — John 14:1-3
Born: Sept. 3, 1933, in Patterson to Mr. Rapheal Williams Sr. and Mrs. Cora Franklin Williams.
Married: Mrs. Ann Delores Dudley Williams on Oct. 1, 1960, in Amite for 51 years.
Allen Williams, 78, a native and resident of Patterson, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at 5:12 p.m. at Medical City Hospital in Dallas.
Allen served four years in the United States Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge. The East St. Mary Veteran’s Funeral Squad will perform graveside services.
Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Good Hope Baptist Church in Patterson from 8 a.m. until the funeral at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Shield Benevolent Cemetery in Patterson.
Allen was baptized by the late Reverend John Simmons Sr., at Good Hope Baptist Church in Patterson where he served as chairman of the Deacon Board, chief finance officer, adult Sunday school teacher, chairman of Hope’s Place, co-chair of the Married Couples Ministry, and attended Christian education classes on the district, state and national levels where he received many certificates and graduated from Christian leadership classes for deans and presidents. He had a passion for teaching, especially the Word of God.
He attended Patterson Elementary School, Sumpter Williams High School in Morgan City, Southern University in Baton Rouge, where he received a Bachelor of Science, and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux where he received his Master of Arts +30.
Allen was a retired teacher who taught for 35 years in the St. Mary Parish School System, and he was an instructor for the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program for Morgan City, Patterson and the Tri-City area. Also, he was a charter member of 100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish and a past commander of Carr-Roberson American Legion Post 589. Finally, he was an active member of the City of Patterson Planning Commission, past member of Boy Scouts of America, and a former coach of a Little League baseball team.
Masonic Rites: Pride of Patterson Chapter 28 Order of Eastern Stars, St. Mary Court 5 Heroines of Jericho, John Parson Consistory 171 (33rd-Degree Mason), member of Ghadur 61, Holy Royal Arch Mason Brotherhood 22, Prince Hall Lodge 116 in Berwick.
Allen leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Ann Delores Dudley Williams of Patterson; one son, Armon Dudley Williams of Patterson; one daughter, Aileen Janell Williams of Los Angeles; one sister, Betty Joyce Williams Sidney of Port Allen; two brothers, Raphael (Ann) Williams Jr., of San Diego, Calif., and Mark Anthony (Laura) Williams of Patterson; three godchildren, Janielle Nicole Vining of Patterson, Gail Ruffin of Morgan City and Irvin Winston Jr. of Thibodaux; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rapheal Williams Sr. and Cora Franklin Williams; one brother, Hercules Williams; and three sisters, Delores Williams Herrin, Evelyn Williams Winn and Barbara Williams Mack.
Jones Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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