September 20, 1929 - January 10, 2020
Zelos Newton "Zeke" Williams, age 90 and a resident of the Enon Community, died Friday evening January 10, 2020 at his home surrounded by his beloved family. Zeke was a native of Winnsboro, LA. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War, during which time he was stationed in Japan. Zeke received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from LSU and had a long career with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. He was a soil conservationist and later retired as the District Director of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes. Zeke was an avid LSU sports fan that loved to watch and listen to the Tigers football and baseball teams. He loved working in his yard and gardening and often had many different gardens that he worked near his home. Zeke was also an avid fisherman and always enjoyed fishing with his buddies Tommy Casanova, Frank Green and J.D. Breland. He was a longtime member and Deacon of Enon Baptist Church, where he was currently a Deacon Emeritus. He loved his church family and always took pride in bringing his entire family to church, where as kids they all sat quietly on the same bench. Zeke was truly a people person and enjoyed visiting with all the folks he met. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather that cherished the quality time spent with his family.
Survived by: Wife of 64 years: Marilyn Jamie Hooper Williams of Enon; 3 Daughters and Sons in law: Francine and Michael King of Prairieville, LA, Cindy and Jimmy Pace, Jeannie and Randy Tate all of Enon; 2 Sons and Daughters in law: Michael and Laurie Williams, Alan and Julie Williams all of Enon; 10 Grandchildren and Spouses: Christina and Joshua Rowley, Tiffany King, Ashley and Jason Burch, Adam and Megan Pace, Mary and Sean Strahan, Jake and Denelle Tate, Miranda and Jake Blackwell, Cole Williams and Harlie Knight, Siera Wiliams, Oran Williams; 10 Great-grandchildren: Emilia Rowley, Dillon Pace, Bradley Burch, Noah Burch, Silas Pace, Maggie Rose Pace, Kylan Montelaro, Sarah Strahan, River Blackwell, Beau Blackwell, and an expected great-granddaughter Lana Grace Blackwell; Sister: Jerry Slayter of Pineville, LA; Brothers in law and Sisters in law: Randy and Sharon Shirley of Winnsboro, LA David and JoEllen Shirley of Mangham, LA, Mary Frances and Emmitt Richardson of Winnsboro; Also numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Melinda Sue Williams, parents Isaac Newton Williams and Myrtis Lott Williams, brother and sister in law Robert Earl and Mary Sue Williams, brother in law Joe Slayter and a special uncle Shirley “Jack” Lott.
Visitation will be at Enon Baptist Church (14049 Hwy. 16, Franklinton, LA) on Tuesday January 14th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. A funeral service will be held in the church at 2:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Chris Wheeler and Rev. Dean Register officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.
The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to his caregivers through the years Betty Sue Jones, Angie Fornea, and Toni Lemly, to Dr. Chris Foret and his nursing staff, and to Heritage Hospice for their support during these last months.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Enon Baptist Church Renovation Fund or its Blessing of the Food Fund.
Pallbearers: Adam Pace, Jake Tate, Cole Williams, Joshua Rowley, Joey Slayter, Jay Slayter
Honorary Pallbearers are Jason Burch, Jake Blackwell, Fred Mizell, Oran Williams, Dillon Pace, Keith Casanova, Karl Casanova, Kirk Casanova, Terry Pittman, Samuel Richardson and the Deacons of Enon Baptist Church.