Rev. Pete Williams
August 7, 1948 - March 12, 2021
Rudolph Eugene Williams, better known as “Pete,” left his earthly world to go home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 12, 2021. He was an honorable, loving, and supportive man truly dedicated to God. Words cannot express the blessing he was to so many. Born August 7, 1948, he grew in the Plainview community where he was greatly influenced by many of the Godly people in the church there. After returning from serving in the Army, Pete became an active member of Springhill Baptist Church where he “courted and married his sweetheart,” Barbara (Bob). He worked with the boys of the church as a leader of Royal Ambassadors and served as a deacon. In 1980, he surrendered to the ministry and served as a bi-vocational pastor of Sunny Hill Baptist Church for a short time and of Bogue Chitto Heights Baptist Church for 36 years before retiring from the ministry on June 3, 2018. Using his skills in carpentry, he worked on countless mission trips around the United States and here in Washington Parish. After retirement, he continued to serve God and others as a member of Springhill Baptist Church.
Pete was a devoted husband, father, and Papa. His family was precious to him, and daily he let them know how deeply they were loved by him. He delighted in spending time with his two little grandsons and rarely missed seeing them every day. He remained close to many extended family members and countless friends. Pete loved music and had a special group of friends with whom he would play music every Friday night at his shop. One of his favorite songs was “ I’m Gonna Sing” with the lyrics “When I get to Heaven I’m gonna sing, sing, sing. . .”. He is now in a heavenly choir praising God and hopefully has a guitar to strum along on, too.
He is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 44 years, Barbara Busby Williams, two daughters that he lovingly referred to as his babies, Rachel Leigh Williams and Roseanne Marie Diaz, and son-in-law Matthew Diaz, who was more like his son than son-in-law. Pete’s rays of sunshine were his two grandsons, Elias and Zachary Diaz, who truly brightened his life by being a source of constant joy. He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Ellen Williams; sister Betty Rester; sister and brother-in-law Estelle and Robert Mitchell; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Beth Newman, Sheila and Lenard Smith, and Bill and Gvorja Busby
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Williams and Edith Jones Williams; an infant sister, Golda Marie; nephew Stacy Mitchell; and brother-in-law John Busby.
Pallbearers are Danny Rester, Deloy Rester, Khol Rester, Jaryd Rester, Brent Smith and Jacob Williams.
Honorary Pallbearers, are his music buddies Ray Knight, Johnny Harris, Danny Harris, Mark Jenkins, Bobby Crain, Carl Stogner, Carlon Wascom, Mike Bruce; special friends Aulton Carter, Steve Jones; special cousins Alfred Williams and Billy Jones.
One of Pete’s favorite poems, which he read on a tombstone as a child, was: “Remember, friends, as you pass by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you must be. Therefore, prepare to follow me.
Pete’s prayer for all is that you will all join him as a brother and sister in Christ to be reunited with him in Heaven someday.
Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton) on Wednesday March 17th from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm and after 9:00 am on Thursday. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 am Thursday with Rev. Daniel Barber and Rev. Ken McLemore officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencer Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations to Springhill Baptist Church (47239 Hwy. 1072, Franklinton, LA 70438).