Services to commemorate the life of Lois Ann Williams will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Harris, the eulogist. Interment will be at Rose Hedge Cemetery in Gurdon, Arkansas. Public visitation will be Friday, February 4, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.
On June 5, 1956, God delivered one of His most unique and precious creations into the arms of Jocelyn “Joe” Murchison and Zella Mae Knox. They named their beloved bundle Lois Ann. She and her seven siblings were reared in Springhill, a small community just outside of Arkadelphia.
Her family ensured she was involved in her local church, Clayborn Chapel A.M.E., which was the baseline for the affection she developed to absorb God’s Word and live a life reflective of His love. In addition to church involvement, Lois Ann found herself very active within her school and community.
She was a 1974 graduate of Gurdon High School. She took part in a plethora of activities including band, where she showcased playing the clarinet. Her enthusiasm and passion for education were demonstrated when she enrolled at Henderson State University.
Lois met the handsome Lawrence “Lamar” Williams and after a brief courtship she eventually married the love of her life on June 29, 2002. The new couple made their home in Gurdon where she united with Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. She served as choir president, with the Women’s Missionary Union and taught Sunday School. Life presented her with many opportunities which led to working for H&R Block for 18 years and retiring as a supervisor with the Arkadelphia Human Development Center of 26 years of dedicated service.
She had a heart for serving others, which she gleefully did in her position as a member of the Gurdon City Council. Of all of the incredible roles she held in her lifetime, Lois made it evident that the most revered and esteemed position she ever fulfilled was as a mother of Christopher.
Lois was always impeccably dressed she matched her outfit, shoes, purse, and jewelry; even down to the perfect nail color. She was a fashionista in her rite and always acted as a lady. With her melodious voice, she enjoyed singing her favorite song “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”.
Her favorite pastimes included going to dinner, spending time with family and loved ones, and contributing her time and talents to be a blessing to anyone she encountered. Lois embodied the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), the characteristics of a Proverbs 31 woman, and left a legacy of love. She was one of the most faithful, consistent, one-of-a-kind, selfless souls to ever walk the face of this earth and while she is without a doubt rejoicing in her Heavenly home, her former earthly home is a bit dimmer, now absent of the rays of sunshine Lois radiated everywhere she went.
In addition to her loving husband, Lamar, Lois is survived by her mother, Zella Mae Knox; her son, Christopher Allen Eason, and his wife, Yvette of New Orleans LA; her bonus children whom she loved, Kaleph Williams and Jasmine (Darius) Dillard both of Maumelle, AR and Lakeya Smallwood of St. Louis, MO; sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; the greatest sisters and brothers, Felisha Knox-McCaster, Anita (Michael) Hatley, Natalie Knox, Eugene (Wendy) Murchison, Dewayne Knox and Frederick (Beverly) Knox. She also leaves her aunts and uncles, Roy Lee Murchison, Lillie (Richard) Bryant, Velma Donald, Martha (James) Troutman, Katie Smith, and Clara Giles; along with a wealth of nieces, nephews, other beloved family, acquaintances, and special friends, Vanessa Delamar and Edna Ford, also a cousin. She is preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Edward Lee and Adella Murchison; her brother, Roosevelt Knox, Jr. and her father.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14: Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.