Rev. Thomas Earl Williams, retired pastor


Rev. Thomas Earl Williams, retired pastor

KOSCIUSKO — The Rev. Thomas Earl (T.E.) Williams, 91, a retired pastor, died Aug. 26, 2007, at Attala County Nursing Center.

Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at Jordan Funeral Home Chapel in Kosciusko with burial in the Parkway Cemetery. The Rev. Billy Frazier officiated, assisted by the Rev. Paul Edwards. The eulogy was given by his grandson, the Rev. Lavern Summerlin. Jordan Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Rev. Williams celebrated his 91st birthday on March 19. He was born in Neshoba County to the late Josiah Williams and Virgie Roberts Williams.

Rev. Williams began his study of the ministry in the Methodist Protestant Church in 1942. He was ordained on Dec. 2, 1945, and first pastored at Coxburg Charge in Coxburg. His ministry continued from 1945 until 2001 across central Mississippi. He served on 102 different committees of the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He received numerous awards and plaques commemorating his many years of dedicated service to the Lord, the Lord’s church and the Lord’s people. He retired in 2001.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Lola Esther Smith Williams.

Survivors include: sons, Donald Thomas Williams and Philip Joseph Williams both of Kosciusko; daughter, Neva Jean Williams Summerlin of Meridian; brothers, Edward Williams of Byram, Lemuel Williams of Union; sisters, Josie Williams Wright of Quitman, Madeline Williams Boozer of Jackson, Doris Williams Mott of Birmingham and Elizabeth Williams Owens of Brandon; and eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh Methodist Protestant Church building fund in care of Rev. Billy Frazier, P.O. Box 51, McAdams, MS 39107.