GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — Margaret Ann Warren Williams, age 94, of McMinnville, TN (Daylight Community) died Wednesday, January 12, 2011. She was born May 14, 1916, in Warren County, TN, was a homemaker, member of the Earleyville church of Christ and an elder’s wife. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by parents William Thomas and Willie Mae Sanders Warren, husband Wesley Brown Williams, daughter Martha Ann Williams Gary, grandson Jonathan Brad Williams, great-granddaughter Hannah Harrison, a sister Alma Milligan and step-brother Alex Stone.
Mrs. Williams was the mother of eight children, four boys and four girls. Three of the boys are preachers of the gospel and two sons-in-law. Survivors include her children Donald and Jan Williams, Murfreesboro, TN, Douglas and Glenda Williams, Geneva, AL, Sarah and John Nokes, McMinnville, TN, Linda Frances and Jerry O. Davidson, Daphne, AL, Charles and Dianne Williams, Manchester, TN, William and Wendy Williams, Estill Springs, TN and Janice and Dean Draggoneti, Hendersonville, NC, sister Lou Davis Higgins, Woodbury, TN, brothers Albert and Bob Warren, McMinnville, TN, 26 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 16, 2011, at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Jerry Davidson and Lynwood Mathis will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory. The Williams family will receive friends on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jonathan Brad Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Peoples Bank, 1203 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester, TN 37355.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.