Graveside services for Reverend Gene Williams, 89, of Allen were held on Wednesday September 30 th , at 10:00 a.m., at the Coleman Cemetery. Rev. Steve Wilburn officiated.
Reverend Gene Williams went home to be with his Lord on Friday, September 25, 2020, at a local nursing home. Gene was born May 22, 1931 in Fillmore Oklahoma to John and Ida Williams. He worked as a farm hand most of his younger life. He moved to Oklahoma City in 1951. Gene started woodworking, repairing and refinishing furniture. Then in 1953 he was called to minister.
On June 5, 1954 he married Leota Kirkwood at West Main Assembly of God Church in Oklahoma City. They moved the family to Allen in 1972. Gene was employed by the Chickasaw Nation for numerous years and then opened his own wood furniture refinishing business in Allen. Gene also worked for Rhynes & Rhodes furniture of Ada.
Studying and preaching God’s word is what he enjoyed along with playing his guitar, fiddle while singing at church, nursing homes, gospel singings and surrounding community events. Gene gave himself tirelessly to visiting and praying for the sick. Sitting with his family and friends in his newsroom gave him much joy as sitting on the porch observing nature. His passion was for watching Thunder basketball and listening to Ada Cougar football on the radio. He was a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Leota Williams of the home; three sons, Thomas Williams, Allen, Timothy Williams, Ada, and Paul Williams, Allen; three nieces, Barbara Anderson, Fillmore, Oklahoma, Wanda Bunny, Oklahoma City, and Pasty Onan of Sarasota, Florida; one nephew, Darrell Williams, Bartlesville; he reared one grandchild LaTonia Orphan, Byng. He also leaves 13 grandchildren, 17 greatgrandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, and a large extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ted Williams, Benjamin Williams, Chapman Williams, and Johnnie Williams; sisters Thelma Bone, and Ella Kelle; four daughters Wakeitha Williams, LaJuana Ledbetter, Loeta Stick, and Jean Ann Tiger; three grandsons Charles Stick, Anthony Williams, and Narcisse Alexander.
Bearers were Thomas Williams, Timothy Williams, Paul Williams, Brian Anderson, Anthony Anderson, and Ray Orphan.