Nelda Gay Williams

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Nelda Gay Williams, age 83 of Spearsville, LA, will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, December 1, 2023, at Liberty Baptist Church in Spearsville, LA. Bro. Adam Holloway will be officiating. Burial will be at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home. 

Today we gather to honor and celebrate the life of Nelda Gay Williams, loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. Nelda and her husband Roy were in the poultry and cattle business for many years and raised their children here in Spearsville, Louisiana. They were devoted to each other and between them had nine children, “mine, yours and ours” as Nelda would proudly say. Earlier in her life, Nelda worked in the private sector and she and Roy traveled with the children, living away as Roy worked pipeline construction before settling down to the farm life. Nelda and Roy raised their children in the church, instilling traditional values of work ethic and respect for property and others, but most important, solid Christian values. 

Nelda enjoyed spending time with er children and extended family and Christmas was her favorite time of the year. Nelda Gay ( as her brothers called her) loved going to Branson, Missouri most years with her cousins, in laws, and brothers; and until not able to, she loved working her garden in the the spring, raising tomatoes, butter beans, and peppers. She very much enjoyed sitting on her patio watching her humming birds, her martins, and the children play. Nelda was known by many names, “MaMa”, “Mother”, “Mom”, “MeeMaw”, “Mimi”, with and “I”, “MeMe” with an “E”, and “MeeMee”, with two “E’s”. Roy called her “Nell” and “Miss Kitty”. She was loved and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Mrs. Nelda was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Roy Gale Williams; son, Royce Edward Lockwood; daughter, Charla Denise Stokes; her parents, Mack and Lonie Graham; and two brothers, M.L. Graham, Jr. and Sherward Graham.

She is survived by her children, Lonnie Ray Lockwood (Jill), Regina Lynn Jones (Mark), Carla Denene Chrisman (Sam), and Tonya LaGaile Hyatt (Kris); her step children, Robert Lenn Williams, Rusty Williams, and Angela McCallum; 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; her brother, Elvin Graham; and numerous family and friends. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Ervin Heard, Jr. Heard, Terry Rigdon, Johhny Rigdon, Paul Rigdon, Mickey LeBeff, Dusty Adcock, Brian Elkins, and Tom Elkins.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Farrar Funeral Home Chapel. 

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