In memory of
Audrey Ray Williams
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In memory of
Audrey Ray Williams
Audrey Ray Williams Goldonna - Audrey R Williams was born in Bienville Parish on May 27, 1923 to Carl and Lydia W. Williams. He passed away on January 8, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Southern Funeral Home with Dr. Donald Ward officiating. Interment will follow in Antioch Community Cemetery, in Brewton's Mill. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Southern Funeral Home, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, and again on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Southern Funeral Home, from 12:00 PM until time of services. Mr. Williams grew up in and around the Saline and Pine Ridge communities. In 1944, he married the love of his life, Edna Hattaway, and they raised four children in Winn Parish. Audrey loved fiddling, farming, forestry and family. He loved to play his fiddle and collected several over the years. He and Edna traveled to bluegrass festivals and enjoyed hosting friends for music gatherings at their home. He and other musician friends visited nursing homes to play for the residents there. Audrey could grow anything. He would sometimes get out in the garden before work and then would come home and work until it was dark. They raised all kinds of traditional Southern vegetables, filling their freezers and sharing with friends and neighbors. Audrey learned about organic gardening and was ahead of his time in the use of natural measures to enrich the soil. Up until the illness that incapacitated him in 2013, Audrey was getting ready to plant potatoes and had purchased a new tiller the year before. Audrey knew every inch of Kisatchie National Forest and could tell you where to find a stand of the native longleaf pines and where to see the nest of a red-cockaded woodpecker. He worked for the US Forest Service for 35 years and met a lot of people in the woods. He was a good steward of the land and cared about the old-growth forests in Winn Parish. He was proud to fight forest fires outside Louisiana including in Idaho, Michigan, Montana and Washington. He kept himself physically fit and enjoyed excelling at endurance tests against younger co-workers. The hazard pay gained from these fire-fighting tours was put toward the house that he and Edna worked and saved to build. He loved his family and enjoyed making biscuits whenever the kids came home. There would be both whole wheat and white flour biscuits along with lots of eggs. He would sometimes have midnight insomnia and would just get up, brew a pot of coffee and make biscuits. Audrey also loved the word of God and knew many scriptures by heart. He was a member of the Church of God and loved his Bible. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lydia; his son-in-law John Ray Koonce; and his brother Vester; and close friends Gilbert and Violet Palmer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 73 years, Edna; his daughter Patsy Gayle Koonce of Alexandria, LA; his daughter Lisa Williams and Michael Chevy Castranova of Cedar Rapids, IA; his daughter Vonda and James Oliver of Bay City, MI; his son Reggie and Cele Williams of Atlanta, LA; and many friends. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.southernfuneralhome.com
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In memory of
Audrey Ray Williams
Audrey Ray Williams Goldonna - Audrey R Williams was born in Bienville Parish on May 27, 1923 to Carl and Lydia W. Williams. He passed away on January 8, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Southern Funeral Home with Dr. Donald Ward officiating. Interment will follow in Antioch Community Cemetery, in Brewton's Mill. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Southern Funeral Home, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, and again on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Southern Funeral Home, from 12:00 PM until time of services. Mr. Williams grew up in and around the Saline and Pine Ridge communities. In 1944, he married the love of his life, Edna Hattaway, and they raised four children in Winn Parish. Audrey loved fiddling, farming, forestry and family. He loved to play his fiddle and collected several over the years. He and Edna traveled to bluegrass festivals and enjoyed hosting friends for music gatherings at their home. He and other musician friends visited nursing homes to play for the residents there. Audrey could grow anything. He would sometimes get out in the garden before work and then would come home and work until it was dark. They raised all kinds of traditional Southern vegetables, filling their freezers and sharing with friends and neighbors. Audrey learned about organic gardening and was ahead of his time in the use of natural measures to enrich the soil. Up until the illness that incapacitated him in 2013, Audrey was getting ready to plant potatoes and had purchased a new tiller the year before. Audrey knew every inch of Kisatchie National Forest and could tell you where to find a stand of the native longleaf pines and where to see the nest of a red-cockaded woodpecker. He worked for the US Forest Service for 35 years and met a lot of people in the woods. He was a good steward of the land and cared about the old-growth forests in Winn Parish. He was proud to fight forest fires outside Louisiana including in Idaho, Michigan, Montana and Washington. He kept himself physically fit and enjoyed excelling at endurance tests against younger co-workers. The hazard pay gained from these fire-fighting tours was put toward the house that he and Edna worked and saved to build. He loved his family and enjoyed making biscuits whenever the kids came home. There would be both whole wheat and white flour biscuits along with lots of eggs. He would sometimes have midnight insomnia and would just get up, brew a pot of coffee and make biscuits. Audrey also loved the word of God and knew many scriptures by heart. He was a member of the Church of God and loved his Bible. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lydia; his son-in-law John Ray Koonce; and his brother Vester; and close friends Gilbert and Violet Palmer. He is survived by his devoted wife of 73 years, Edna; his daughter Patsy Gayle Koonce of Alexandria, LA; his daughter Lisa Williams and Michael Chevy Castranova of Cedar Rapids, IA; his daughter Vonda and James Oliver of Bay City, MI; his son Reggie and Cele Williams of Atlanta, LA; and many friends. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.southernfuneralhome.com
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