A funeral service for Priscilla Williams, age 63, of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 11 o'clock in the morning Saturday, October 15, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Rev. James Schoenrock, Rev. Joe Caudle, and Rev. Dr. Charles Holmes officiating. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. She will be laid to rest at Pittsburg Cemetery.
Mrs. Williams passed away Monday, October 10, 2016 in Houston.
Priscilla was born November 14, 1952 in Port Arthur to James and Lillian (Tauber) Gibson.
Priscilla Williams graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur, Texas and then travelled to Jacksonville, TX where she studied one year at Jacksonville College where she met Ricky. Priscilla worked as secretary to the dean at Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary. While there she aided Philip Bryan by doing research in the library for his doctorate degree. She aided Ricky in his ministry as Youth Pastor at Mt. Selman Baptist Church. Many an evening she accompanied him as they took the church van to pick youth up for church. After Ricky felt the call to Mexico as missionary, she asked him to let her attend nursing school and obtain her LVN certification so she would be able to be useful on the mission field.
In Mexico Priss, as we all called her affectionately, faithfully played the organ and then the keyboard for church services. From the beginning of AWANA's at church (OANSA in Spanish) she served in some capacity. In 1992 she took over the responsibility of being the commander up until three years ago. She loved the children and always had as her goal for them to receive the Gospel witness through the program of OANSA. In fact, many children made professions of faith during her time of service.
One of her joys in life was to help in the Clinica El Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan Clinic) under the direction of Dr. John Ladd. She worked mainly as receptionist although she was qualified to do blood pressures and more.
However, her greatest accomplishment in life was being a faithful wife to a too often absent missionary husband. Up until just recently she never expressed anything negative when her husband, Ricky, took off to the mountains, southern Mexico, Central America or even South America. When he returned, she was happiest. Coupled with being a faithful and gracious wife, she was a loving mother to three children. David, the oldest, was blessed to hear her read him bedtime stories from the Bible as well as other books. She happily raised and doted on Amanda as her only daughter. She was always there for her. She dutifully chased after Kevin who had the habit of escaping from home trying to either to go to school next door with his siblings or trying to find his "pappa" who had left for Bible institute. That love and concern didn't stop with her children. When the children married and grands came along, she etched out a special place for each one, bathing them in her praise and special love tweaked just for them. Yes, she was that Proverbs 31 woman that Solomon spoke of and Ricky was so blessed to have her.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 43 years, Rev. Ricky Williams of Aquismon,SLP, Mexico; sons, David Williams of Austin, Kevin Williams and wife Amber of Conway, ARK; daughter, Amanda Mata and husband Eliud of Katy. She is also survived by a brother, Bruce Gibson and wife Belinda of Bridge City, TX; sister, Kathleen Gibson of Ft. Worth, TX; grandchildren, Ashley, Lillian, Ricky, Maya, Levi, Zoe and Eden; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Rudy Partida, Steven Allen, Bernard Binns, Jr., Steven Ladd, Tim Ladd, Bruce Gibson, Jr. and Brent Gibson. Honorary pallbearer will be all BMA missionaries, both former and present as well as Aurelio Pavon, Ricardo Palazuelos, Pedro Reyes and Javier Zamora.
Visitation will begin on Friday, October 14, 2016 and friends are cordially invited to visit with Priscilla's family from 6 to 8 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.