Annie Bell Williams was born in Junction City, Louisiana on November 8, 1927 to the union of Cornelius and Gradie Bell Miner. She spent her time as child and teenager with her family farming. Her parents were highly respected and loved in the community by neighbors and friends. Annie Bell attended the Rosenwald High School and later gave birth to her firstborn Raymond Miner, who was raised by her parents in Junction City, Arkansas.
Annie Bell met and married Roger Williams of El Dorado, Arkansas. They later moved to Arkadelphia during the mid 1950’s and started a family. Other than being a homemaker, she worked in several restaurants as a short order cook. She retired from Ouachita Baptist University and later worked at Henderson State University with the Foster-Grand Parent Program.
She united with Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. A. W. Terry and remained a faithful member until her health started to decline. Although she couldn’t always get out to worship she enjoyed listening to the preachers on TV. Her favorite song was “Oh Lord, Don’t Move My Mountain”. She loved cats, enjoyed watching soap operas and NFL Football. Often she would be found chatting on the telephone with her friends, Francis Middleton and Lois Hughes.
On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 she transitioned from this life. Besides her parents and husband, Roger Williams she was preceded in death by her sisters, Zola Mae Miner Casteel, Clotee Miner and Grazella Miner Cummings; brothers, Odell Miner, Adell Miner, Roosevelt Miner, Booby Miner and Felton Miner and a son, David Williams.
Fond memories will remain in the hearts of her children: Raymond Miner of Arkadelphia, AR, James E. “Jacko” Williams of Arkadelphia, AR, Robert Williams of Arkadelphia, AR, Joe C. Williams of Arkadelphia, AR, Gary Williams of El Dorado, AR, John Newborn of Arkadelphia, and Wanda (Floyd) Stephens of Arkadelphia. She also leaves seventeen grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, September 18, 2015 from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. Memorial services Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Llewellyn E. Terry, Sr., officiating.