Coping with Grief
We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”
2 Timothy 4:7
Emma Mae Williams, age 73, a loving mother, and an adoring wife to her husband, Edward Williams, Jr., passed away peacefully in the early hours of February 8, 2024, in the serenity of her home. Emma was born on July 16, 1950 in Winnsboro, Louisiana to the Late Booker T. Hall, Sr., and Rebecca M. Hall. She grew up surrounded by the love of her large family, as she had nine siblings. Emma’s foundation for her Christian journey was laid early. Realizing the need for Jesus Christ, she was baptized at an early age and united with the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Delhi, Louisiana. Upon moving to Monroe, she united with New Bright Star Baptist Church. She received her formal education from the Ouachita Parish School District, attending Swayze Elementary School and Richwood High School.
Emma later met the love of her life, Reverend Edward Williams, Jr., and they were united in Holy Matrimony on February 17th, 1969. Eddie and Emma were blessed with four offspring blessings to their union. With a heart full of love, and coming from a large family, they would have a wonderful addition of seven adopted children. Throughout her lifetime, Emma excelled in creating a beautiful and gracious home and made it comfortable for their growing family, her siblings, and friends. Being blessed with the gift of culinary delight, Emma worked as a food technician for over thirty years.
Emma was truly a great woman of GOD whose life exemplified faith, hope, and sincere Love, who worked side-by-side with her husband in a life of total sacrifice through years of unwavering and selfless dedication as he Pastored God’s people. “Soot” delightfully served “Eddie” and loved him dearly. By the grace of God, she ministered to him for fifty-five years. An embodiment of what a virtuous woman should be (Proverbs 31:10-31), she mothered her children, and she mothered the flock like none other, she upheld the highest standards of obedience to God. Her blessed memory will be an awe-inspiring model for us to love and imitate.
“Always service oriented, her hands were never idle as she sought to do good each day. Skilled in the art of homemaking, she used her heart and hands to bless the lives of others, nourishing our bodies as well as our souls. Emma exhibited extraordinary yet simple faith and grit in challenging times. She maintained a joyful and positive perspective, while touching the lives of many people. Emma was a magnetic force, people gravitated towards her, and she accepted and loved them all.
She was compassionate, loving, caring, attentive, and hilarious. If you were around her, you were guaranteed to laugh because she had a funny story to tell. Her brilliant spirit, radiant smile, and compassionate heart captivated everyone who had the chance to know her. She helped us unlock the knowledge of who we should strive to be by teaching us and showing us what it means to truly be Christ-like.”
Up until the end of this life’s journey, she maintained her kindness, grace, compassion, appreciation of beauty, love of family and friends, and expressed gratitude for her life, a life full of wonderful and varied experiences. Emma’s life can best be encapsulated by these words: Love of God, Service to others, Hope, Faith, Family, Friends, Food and Fun. She experienced an abundance of each in the seventy-three years that she lived. Emma was so many things to so many people. She leaves an indelible impression on those who called her a wife, a mother, a sister, an auntie, a Godmother, a cousin, and a friend. She truly had a heart of gold, always looking out for others, lending a listening ear, or having her arms stretched out to show love. Emma didn’t just live for her happiness but for the happiness of others, living a life that was pleasing to God.
Her life and legacy were living and working for the Lord and loving the people of God which is a testimony to all of us. She was definitely a warrior who loved and served the Lord with all her heart. Her life has been a blessing to us all.
Emma now pauses at the Pearly Gates to receive her heavenly reward and to meet her parents, Rebecca and Booker T. Hall Sr., her son, Elijah Hall and her sister, Virgia Hartwell.
She leaves cherishing her memory, her husband, Edward Williams, Jr.; four children, Alfonso Williams, Sr., Demetrice Williams, Edward Williams III, and Rebecca Williams-Newton (Willie); seven adopted children: Linda, Brenda, Jerrica, Terrance, Exxterlia, Daniel and Shauntisha Williams; four God-children, Errin Hall, Travis Fredricks, Jalyssa Thomas (Keegan), and Hailey Payne. Also, cherishing her memory: twelve siblings, Mary L. Dixon, Booker T. Hall Jr., Robert E. Hall Sr., Casey Hall, Sylvia Bess, Melba Hall, Nelda Caster (Michael), Juanita Guillory, Donna Pugh, Katherine Hall, Jason Clay, Ida Fields (Henry); seventeen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, “Our Living Legend,” Estella McDowell; best friends, Cornelius Smith (Rose Mary), Ruth Young (Alex), Billy Bowie (Debra), John Henry Goston, Barbara Cloman, Mark Eleam (Rosalind), and Gloria Ballard; countless cousins, all of her loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
No amount of time with the amazing Emma Mae Williams would have been enough for us, but we Thank God for giving her to us for a time, and we praise HIM for the glory we shall share together one day.