Betty Bournes Williams

Published 2:26 pm Friday, February 28, 2020

Funeral services were held on Monday Jan. 13, 2020, at the Franklin Ave Baptist Church in New Orleans. Louisiana, for Mrs. Betty Bournes Williams, 74, who passed on Friday Jan. 3, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Waxahachie, Texas. Rev. Kevin Russell of Morning Star MBC in Columbia officiated with interment following at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, Louisiana.

Mrs. Betty Bournes Williams was born to the late Linuard Bournes and Leo Henrietta Bournes of Oak Vale. She met and married Henry E. (Hank) Williams of New Orleans, Louisiana. To This union two children were born, Kendrick A. Williams New Orleans, Louisiana and Tameika D. Williams (Morris) of Waxahachie, Texas.

Until her illness, Mrs. Williams was an active member of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia. Mrs. Williams attended and graduated from Booker Washington High School in New Orleans, Louisiana and is a graduate of Southern University in New Orteans, Louisiana with a BA Degree in Sociology and a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she received a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) and later, after working and proficiency, testing became a licensed MSW. She continued to work in that capacity until her retirement in 2017. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Williams worked over 30 years with the State of Louisiana’s Social Services System specializing in family services, child abuse and placement, adult counseling and adoption. Mrs. Williams was on the staff of Southern University of New Orleans serving as counselor and teacher. After retiring from New Orleans activities and moving to Mississippi she continued to put her social services skills and training to work by working several years with the Mississippi Youth Correctional System as youth counselor and teacher. Additionally, Mrs. Williams worked in the Jefferson Davis County School District as counselor and teacher. In her spare time, Mrs. Williams loved to shop and travel to visit other family members and grandchildren.

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Mrs. Wiliams was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her mother and father, Leo and Linuard Bournes and a brother Winfred Bournes.

She was survived by her husband of 52 years, Hank Williams, son Kendrick Williams of New Orleans, Louisiana, a daughter Tameika Williams Morris of Waxahachie, Texas, four sisters, Loretta White of Sacramento, California; Deidra White, of Warrenton, Virginia; Carol Lawrence, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Sherry Bournes Martin of St. Louis Missouri; two brothers, Linuard Bournes Jr. of Baton Rouge Louisiana, Sidney Bournes (Iraq), five grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many other family and friends.