Lady Rachel Anderson WilliamsJanuary 5, 1951 ~ April 22, 2021 (age 70)
The Life and Legacy of First Lady Rachel Williams
Rachel A. Anderson was born on January 5, 1951 in Monroe, Louisiana to Mamie Mae Anderson and Sonny Hester. Mamie later married Alonzo Sanders Sr. and to this union 9 children were born with Rachel being the eldest.
In 1970, Rachel married the love of her life, Isaac Williams Jr., and to this union 4 children were born. Rachel and Isaac moved to Fort Pierce, Florida in 1973, where she confessed Jesus as her Lord and Savior at The Church of God under the leadership of Pastor Cox. Sister Rachel continued her walk with the Lord, and through faith, 1 Corinthians 7:14 was manifested: For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and through her prayers, her husband, Isaac Williams Jr. was saved.
In 1978, Rachel, along with her family moved back to Louisiana and joined the Epps COGIC under the leadership of Supt. Charles Allen Stevenson Sr. where they served as faithful members until God elevated her to the position of First Lady of the First Street COGIC. First Lady Williams served her church faithfully for 21 years until the Lord called her home.
First Lady Williams had a special gift of child rearing, as she has helped raise a host of nieces and nephews who were all dear to her heart. Her love for helping children lead her to become a certified foster parent for the state of Louisiana. In her years as a foster parent, she has fostered more than 15 children.
On April 22, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones, God called his beloved daughter to rest. First Lady Williams was preceded in death by her Mother Mamie, her father Sonny, bonus father Alonzo Sanders Sr., brothers David and Alonzo Jr., sisters Mamie Lee Sanders and Brenda Hester, grandson Jamerro May, and her mother in love Carrie Bell Williams. She leaves to cherish her memories, her beloved husband of 50 years, Isaac Williams Jr, her children; Teresa(Jermaine) Francis of Epps, Louisiana, Antonio(Laquesha) Williams of Delhi, Louisiana, Isaac(Tiffany)Williams III of Monroe, Louisiana, Victoria(Keith) Johnson of Delhi, Louisiana, Erick White of Epps, Louisiana, and Cameron Fuller of Rayville, Louisiana; one sister, Leola Sanders of Monroe, Louisiana; 6 brothers, Isaiah Sanders, Joseph Sanders, and Solomon Sanders all of Monroe, Louisiana, Johnny Lee Sanders of Epps, Louisiana, Charles Ray(Sarita) Sanders of Houston, Tx., and J.C. Shelby of Las Vegas, NV; 11 grandchildren, Tyiesha Williams, Maresha Francis, T’Kenya May, Taylor Williams, DeKareyus Randell, Laila Harris, Antonio Williams Jr., Kailey Johnson, Kimbel Johnson, Jamir Coleman, and Keiland Johnson; 3 great grandchildren Alivia Bingham, Nylah Miller, and Kaydence Fletcher; 4 aunts, 1 uncle, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends.
Through our wonderful memories, the life and legacy of First Lady Rachel Anderson Williams will forever live on.