John Elliott Williams Jr. was the son of the late John Elliott Williams Sr. and Pauleta Louise (Anderson) Williams. John was better known to his family and friends as “J.E.” He was born in Mexia on Dec. 18, 1923, where he attended school and graduated from Dunbar High School. Upon his graduation from high school, he entered Prairie View A&M University where he majored in History. He was drafted out of college into the U.S. Army during World War II and served from 1943 to 1946 and was honorably discharged. He served in New Guinea, The Philippine Islands and the city of Manila.
After the war, John returned to college and earned his degree in History from Paul Quinn College in Waco. He then returned to Prairie View A&M University and did post graduate work in History and Political Science.
After living many years in Corpus Christi, John moved to Los Angeles, where he resided for more than 50 years. He was employed in the Health Care Industry as a medical supply distributor for the county of Los Angeles where he retired. In 2009, he moved to Madisonville to be near family. John accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Los Angeles. After moving to Madisonville, he united with Lake View Baptist Church.
John lived in Madisonville Manor for several years. He later entered Riverwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and lived there for two years.
John never met a stranger and stayed in contact with his relative and friends. He loved to read, study and discuss history, and loved to travel.
John was preceded in death by both parents, his wife of many years, Earlee; twin sons; three brothers and two sisters.
He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted sister, Biva Louise Byrd of Madisonville; sister-in-law, Gloria Williams of Columbia, Md.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Homegoing services for John will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Lake View Baptist Church. Interment will be in West End Cemetery in Madisonville. The Rev. Anthony Kendrick will present the eulogy.
Pallbearers will be Joe Samuel Byrd, Byron Sharrod Byrd, Christopher James Scott, Michael Anthony Archer, William Lance Byrd and Richard William Byrd, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be deacons and brotherhood of Lake View Baptist Church.
Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville is entrusted with all arrangements. www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.