2013-08-15 / Obituaries


Benjamin Williams Sr., 71, died Aug. 6, 2013 at Jackson Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 8, 1941 to the late Hosie and Madison Williams,

He confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Winn, where he served as a trustee and an officer of the Faith Building Fund Project. He was a past member of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist church in Waterloo, Iowa.

Following graduation from Clarke County Training School in Coffeeville, he joined the United States Army. In addition, he furthered his education and attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

On Dec. 14, 1968, Mr. Williams united in holy matrimony with Sharon Norman Williams and to this union three children were born, Benjamin Jr., Dion and Dana.

He was employed with Mutual Savings Life Insurance company in Jackson for 32 years, retiring as a district sales manager. Previously, he worked in production for Chamberlain Manufacturing Company, the Waterloo Police Department as a jailer and the New York Life Insurance Company, serving as the first black agent in Waterloo.

He loved his job because it gave him an opportunity to meet new people on a daily basis. He was a very warm person who enjoyed life, had a great personality and loved a good conversation. He had a strong affection for his sons and grandchildren. Furthermore, he was a strongwilled man who lived life to the fullest and often said, “it ain’t over til it’s over.”

Left to cherish his memory are three devoted sons, Benjamin Williams Jr., Dion Williams, Dana Williams, all of Waterloo; one devoted brother, Emmett (Michelle) Williams, Wagarville; seven grandchildren, Taylor, Dion, Amari, Traineil, Dalyn, Ben, Jayden and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The service was Aug. 12, at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Jackson with the Rev. Donald Sterling Sr., pastor and the Rev. Jerome Williams, eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Jackson Memorial Funeral Home in Jackson.

Active pallbearers were Angelo Chapman, Lorenzo Creighton, Reginald Pugh, Alton Williams, Gerald Williams and Nelvin Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were Benjamin Williams Jr., Dana Williams, Dion Williams, Emmett Williams and Richard B. Williams.

Flowerbearers were cousins and friends.


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