Obituary: Johnnie Frances Williams

Johnnie Frances Williams passed away to her heavenly home on December 13, 2018 in Athens, Texas. She was born on May 8, 1926 to Gordon and Murriel Mann Reynolds in the Hobbs community of Van Zandt County.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Sue Dyer and husband Dewey; her brother-in-law John B. Gilligan; her son-in-law John W. Hartman.

She started school in Martins Mill and later moved to Athens and completed her education, graduating Athens high school in 1943. She attended East Texas Baptist college and University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. During the war she worked for the government in Washington DC. Through the years she lived in Kentucky and Frankfurt Germany, Waco, Uvalde and McKinney Texas. In 1950 she and her family returned to Athens where she worked for Hobson Green law office in Athens. Johnnie was very active in her Sunday School class at First Baptist Church of Athens.

Survivors include her children, Stephen Williams, Randolph Williams, Cynthia Williams Hartman and
Daniel Williams and wife Janet; her grandchildren, Byron and Danielle Williams; her sister, Dorothy Gilligan; her niece Gina Gilligan Thomas and husband Brad; one great niece and nephew, Catherine and Phillip Thomas; also survived by many friends.

The family would like to thank the caregivers of Arabella Athens for their great care of Johnnie while she was under their care. There will be a memorial service held at a later time.

Arrangements by Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home of Athens.

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