Mrs. Alberta Louise Williams was born October 14, 1915, in Sutton, Arkansas, to Charlie and Elizabeth Jackson. She graduated from Rosston High School in Rosston, Arkansas. On March 27, 1934, she was
united in holy matrimony to Ellis Williams in Bodcaw, Arkansas. Ellis and Alberta’s moved to Portland, Oregon where she worked and contributed to the war effort. After their divorce, she later moved to Chicago, Illinois where she met the love of her life George Williams. They united in holy matrimony September 29, 1949. After her husband was deceased, she relocated to Hope, Arkansas to be near her family.
Christ’s spirt was exemplified through Alberta’s infectious personality, zest for life, and an extreme love for her family and friends. Alberta was very active in her community. When she was a resident of Kelly Memorial Homes in Hope, Arkansas, the Hope Housing Authority elected her Queen for a day, along with a certification of appreciation. Alberta had a God given passion to serve others. She would visit and deliver bananas at least once a week to the Heather Manor Nursing Home residents. Many of the residents knew her as the “Banana Lady.” In honor of her diligence to serve, the residents nominated her as honored volunteer for National Volunteer Week. Alberta was crowned for raising the largest tomatoes in Hope, Arkansas. She was honored as a senior citizen by the youth department of Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church. In addition, she assisted many people who needed a place to stay and was genuinely concerned about the well-being of others.
Alberta was a faithful member of Lonoke Baptist Church in Hope, Arkansas, where she served until her illness. Many gifts and talents included being instrumental in many church ministries at Lonoke. She served as a Deaconess, Missionary, and Pastor’s Aide Society under Reverend John H. Harris. Alberta enjoyed leading Watts and hymns; her favorite song was “Bread of Heaven.” Alberta was active in attendance in bible study and Sunday school at Lonoke Baptist Church. Alberta was an excellent cook. Many family and friends enjoyed her potato salad, dressing, pound cake, and macaroni and cheese.
She departed from life at Trinity Village Retirement Community Nursing Home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas March 15, 2017. Alberta was the youngest of nine children which preceded her in death: Irene Hopkins, Lola Young, Luther Jackson, Josephine Dempsey, Myrtle Parker, Tommy Jackson, Ressie Mae Threadgill, and Easure Jackson. Alberta also known to family as “Aunt Bert”, leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Many will truly miss the jewel that God blessed us to know.
Visitation will be 12-5 p.m. and family hour 5-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church in Hope. Burial will be at Azar Cemetery in Azar. Arrangements entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home, Inc.