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Victoria Savannah Hutson Williams

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Mrs. Victoria Williams, age seventy-nine, died almost suddenly at her home in the east part of town Saturday morning, January 3. She had been in poor health for a long time but was up doing her work when she suddenly took worse and died within a few hours.

Mrs. Williams was born in Georgia but moved to Texas when a small girl. She was married to the late J. B. Williams sixty-two years ago and to this union were born seven children, three dying in infancy. The other four are Mrs. Claude Vaden, Mrs Webb Wilson, Paul and Hiram Williams all of Wolfe City. Mrs. Beulah Webb of Greenville is a step-daughter, having been raised from a tiny girl by Mrs. Williams and many people never knew but that she was her own child.

Her husband was one of the old lovable pioneer types who passed away about twenty-four years ago and from this time her children have lovingly lavished their affections on their mother and have looked after her every comfort.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the Baptist church and her funeral was conducted at the Baptist church on Sunday afternoon by her pastor Rev. W. A. Harryman, assisted by Rev. S. P. Farler, pastor of the First Methodist Church and a yount Baptist preacher, Rev. Dan Vestal whom she so much admired and often encouraged. By a request of the deceased, made some time ago, Mr. E. E. O'Neal, a friend of the family, paid a tribute to the life of this good woman.

She was laid to rest by the side of her devoted husband in beautiful Mt. Carmel Cemetery. The R. L. Mullins Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Williams was truly a pioneer whose faith was developed by deprivation that was incidental to her ealy life, which began during the reconstruction days following the Civil War. Education during such time did not come from books but by meeting life and nature face to frace and learning lessons vital to the body, mind, and soul.

She was one of those lucky few who possess that something inexplainable that it takes to draw both the lowly and lofty close to her side. The good old colored women who so ofter passed her door and had been attracted by her smiles and hearty greetings came and wept by her casket and spoke with their tears a language that no orator with his richness of words could express. The children both white and colored lost a type of friend in her that shall be hard to replace. She did not only welcome them into her home and feed their hungry mouths but fed their little hungry hearts a food that shall stimulate their thoughts after her frail body has long since returned to dust.

It is said there are three component parts to each life. The body which returns to dust, the soul which returns to God and the influence which remains on earth to guide, even the feet of unborn hearts she knew, for nothing can die that's good and true.

The extremely cold weather and bad roads prevented the attendance of many but the beautiful flowers and kindly acts of many spoke of sentiments of all who were fortunate enough to possess the acquaintance of this good mother.

Pallbearers were John M Lovelace, Jess Crowell, Bill Ray Benge, Tom McCaslin, A. J. Turner and S. J. Whittle. Mrs W. E, Whitle was in charge of the beautfule floral offering which the following assisting her, Mmes A. . Shelton, S. J. Whittle, Tom McCaslin and John W. Lovelace.

Mrs. Claude Vaden was Della Mae Williams Vaden
Mrs. Webb Wilson was Mary Lease Williams Wilson (she is also referred to Mary Elease and Leese).

Submitted by Charlie Vines

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