Lucy B. Williams
Lucy “Nell” Bass was born to Pearl Evans Bass and Sam Bass in Fordyce, Arkansas, on Aug. 9, 1922.
As the baby of the family she had two older brothers, Sam and Doug, and was the apple of her father’s eye. Nell’s mother passed away in 1935 and when her father married Birdie Bass, she gained two sisters, Betty and Peggy. Nell graduated from high school in Hopeville, Arkansas.
She married Houston Philmore Williams Sr,. on Sept. 14, 1940. On Dec. 15, 1943, their son, Houston Philmore “Phil’” Williams Jr., was born. The family moved to Mauriceville, Texas, to open Texla Lumber Company with the Williams brothers and their father Buck Williams.
Nell was a prayer warrior and prayed fervently for her family and friends. She studied His word daily and loved to listen to her favorite pastors on the television. Nell taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church of Mauriceville for 50 years, teaching Sunbeams, GA’s, and the young married women.
Nell was a devoted mother, wife, and homemaker. She was an accomplished artist and loved china painting and needle work. She and Houston loved to hunt, fish, and travel in their RV with family and friends.
Following the death of her husband, Nell moved to the family ranch in Montell, Texas, to be close to Phil and his family. Nell taught the ladies’ Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Camp Wood and could usually be found in a rear pew on the piano side on Sunday mornings.
Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Williams; her mother, Pearl Bass; her father, Sam Bass Sr.; her brothers, Sam and Doug Bass; and her nephew, Bernie Douglas Bass. She is survived by her son, Phil Williams and his wife Frances; her grandchildren, Shelli and (John) Carnes, Luci and (Greg) Harmon, Trey and (Becky) Williams; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Emily, and Zoe Carnes; Ashley, Wesley, and Jacob Harmon; and Landrie, Madison, and Houston Williams; her sister, Betty Tettleton; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends, and her beloved dog, Bitsy.
Nell’s body will be laid to rest next to her loving husband of 57 years in Nacogdoches Sunset Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas; but her soul is dancing with Jesus.
A funeral service will be held tomorrow, Sept. 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Camp Wood Baptist Church. Interment will follow on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Nacogdoches Sunset Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
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