Audrey R. Williams

WilliamsAudrey R. Williams was bornin Bienville Parish on May 27,1923 to Carl and Lydia W.Williams. He passed away onJanuary 8, 2018.Funeral services were held at1:00 PM on Friday, January 12,2018 at Southern FuneralHome with Dr. Donald Wardofficiating. Interment followed in Antioch CommunityCemetery, in Brewton’s Mill.Mr. Williams grew up in and around the Saline and PineRidge communities. In 1944, he married the love of his life,Edna Hattaway, and they raised four children in Winn Parish.Audrey loved fiddling, farming, forestry and family.He loved to play his fiddle and collected several over theyears. He and Edna traveled to bluegrass festivals and enjoyedhosting friends for music gatherings at their home. He and othermusician friends visited nursing homes to play for the residentsthere.Audrey could grow anything. He would sometimes get out inthe garden before work and then would come home and workuntil it was dark. They raised all kinds of traditional Southernvegetables, filling their freezers and sharing with friends andneighbors. Audrey learned about organic gardening and wasahead of his time in the use of natural measures to enrich thesoil. Up until the illness that incapacitated him in 2013, Audreywas getting ready to plant potatoes and had purchased a newtiller the year before.Audrey knew every inch of Kisatchie National Forest andcould tell you where to find a stand of the native longleaf pinesand where to see the nest of a red-cockaded woodpecker. Heworked for the US Forest Service for 35 years and met a lot ofpeople in the woods. He was a good steward of the land andcared about the old-growth forests in Winn Parish. He wasproud to fight forest fires outside Louisiana including in Idaho,Michigan, Montana and Washington. He kept himself physical-ly fit and enjoyed excelling at endurance tests against youngerco-workers.The hazard pay gained from these fire-fighting tours was puttoward the house that he and Edna worked and saved to build.He loved his family and enjoyed making biscuits whenever thekids came home. There would be both whole wheat and whiteflour biscuits along with lots of eggs. He would sometimes havemidnight insomnia and would just get up, brew a pot of coffeeand make biscuits.Audrey also loved the word of God and knew many scripturesby heart. He was a member of the Church of God and loved hisBible.He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lydia; hisson-in-law John Ray Koonce; and his brother Vester; and closefriends Gilbert and Violet Palmer. He is survived by his devot-ed wife of 73 years, Edna; his daughter Patsy Gayle Koonce ofAlexandria, LA; his daughter Lisa Williams and Michael ChevyCastranova of Cedar Rapids, IA; his daughter Vonda and JamesOliver of Bay City, MI; his son Reggie and Cele Williams ofAtlanta, LA; and many friends.Online condolences may be made to the family

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