First Lady Hattie Harris Williams of Delk Street, Franklin, VA departed this life to claim her eternal reward on August 13, 2012. She was born October 17, 1932 to Jimmy and Bertha C. Harris in Franklin, VA.
Hattie graduated from Hayden High School in 1953 and was married to Bishop John R. Williams, Sr.
She was a member of New St. John Community Church where she was First Lady, a Sunday School Teacher and in the Women’s Ministry. She was also a member of the Apostolic Faith Convention as Registration Chairperson and she served as Middle District Secretary for 32 years.
Hattie was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Her memory will live forever in the hearts of three daughters, Pastor Cynthia W. Brodie (Reginald) of Franklin, VA, Lenette W. Andrews (Jimmie), Minister Gail W. Brown (Bishop James) of Richmond, VA; one son, Elder John Williams, Jr. of Summerville, SC; one sister, Catherine Cross (Bishop Richard); three brothers, Glenn Harris (Mildred), David Harris (Hattie), James Harris; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one great aunt, Fannie Lucas, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
A homegoing celebration will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM, East End Church of God, 410East Street, Franklin, VA, where Bishop S.D. Willis is pastor. The committal and benediction will be held in Southampton Memorial Park.