Elzadie Harrison Williams was born on November 6, 1928, in the Ouachita Community of Dallas County, Arkansas to Lewis Allen Harrison and Mary Ellen Dawn Harrison. The apple of her father’s eye and his baby girl, he named her after a popular recording artist of that time.
Elzadie was blessed with God fearing parents who taught her Christian values, integrity and ingenuity therefore creating a solid family environment byexample. As a child she attended the Harrison School founded by her grandparents and located on the family estate. She later attended the Sparkman Training School where she excelled in mathematics.
Being raised in a Christian household and the baby girl of 13 other siblings, Elzadie gave her life to Christ at a young age and attended the Mt. Carmel AME Church but soon thereafter united with the Ebenezer Baptist Church where she served at one time as Finance Secretary, a member of the choir, and on the Mother's Board. She also taught the primary Sunday school class.
Elzadie regularly fellowshipped with the other churches in the area and often attended Harmony Baptist Church on alternate Sundays when Ebenezer was not in session. She loved to sing and especially lead Hymns in church.
She grew up to possess a beautiful spirit and blossomed into a beautiful young woman. She became Mrs. Elzadie Williams on April 8, 1953, when she married her knight in shining armor Joe Williams Jr. They later became the proud parents of two handsome sons. Together they made many sacrifices to raise sons based on love, commitment, and Christian values. She encouraged her sons to always pray and become church members.
Those she touched and those who knew her witnessed her untiring love for God. She was a believer in “treating others, as you would have them to treat you”. She was given the name Tzadie by her nieces and nephews who adored her. She was an active member of the Harrison and Dawn Family Reunion Committee and was very proud of her families’ heritage. Her motto was “it’s a poor frog that won’t praise its own pond” and her loyalty was rewarded when she was given a Plaque of Service by the reunion on its 70th anniversary. Elzadie loved to cook and sew for others, she worked for more than a decade as a seamstress for the Masterson Corporation and Stromberg and Carlson.
She later worked as a cook and retired from the Sparkman public school cafeteria. She loved children and was overjoyed when she became a grandmother. Granny loved cooking and caring for her grandchildren and would say they made her life complete.
After wonderful years of sharing life with Joe, her devoted husband was called to glory in 2001 to be with the Lord. She was preceded in transition by her parents, a son Stanley Loran in 2010; five brothers, Joseph, Benjamin, Coleman, John Ellis, Henry and seven sisters, Lillie B., Betty Mariah, Gertrude, Mattie, Sadie, Carrie, and Levicie. She traded time for eternity on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Select Specialty Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.
She leaves to celebrate and honor her life’s journey: one son, Stacy L. Williams, Sr of Little Rock, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Stacy L. Williams, Jr., of Little Rock, AR and Julianna Rose Belle Williams of Little Rock, AR; one sister, Gladys Burroughs of Kansas City, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Mrs. Williams will lie in repose at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 12th from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The family will receive friends and share with them the Images of Life DVD from 6-7 p.m.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held Thursday, October 13th at 12 noon in the sanctuary of Harmony Baptist Church where Rev. Harvey Goodwin is the pastor and will preach the celebration message.
The committal service and final resting place will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in the Pine Grove Community outside of Sparkman, Arkansas.