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Elsie Viola Williams

Friday, December 5, 2003

Elsie Viola Williams, 94, of Sweet Springs, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at Sweet Springs Villa.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs. Rev. James R. West and Rev. Randy Shannon will officiate. Pallbearers will be Tony Knight, Paul Knight, Steve Knight, Carl Wiley, Charles Williams Jr. and Charles Kirby. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials are suggested to the Elsie Williams Scholarship Fund at Sweet Springs High School.

Born April 1, 1909, in rural Sweet Springs, she was the daughter of the late William Delay and Emma Viola Scott Wheeland. On March 23, 1930, she married Charles Lawrence, whom she later divorced. She graduated from Sweet Springs High School in 1929 and became a member of Sweet Springs Baptist Church in 1934. She was a charter member of Friends of Sweet Springs and was a member of Patsy Gregg Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a seamstress and worked at International Shoe Factory in Sweet Springs, the Unitog Garment Factory in Concordia, the Savex Cafe, The V Drive-in in Sweet Springs and Banquet Foods in Marshall, retiring when she was 72. She had lived at the Sweet Springs Villa the past six years.

Survivors include one son, Charles "Willie" Williams of Mt. Holly, N.C.; two daughters, Joyce Knight and Vivian Wiley, both of Sweet Springs; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter.