Oct. 23, 1934-Dec. 18, 2019
Funeral services for Orie Floyd Williams, 85, of Fairview Alpha will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Olan McLaren officiating. Interment will follow in Davis Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at the funeral home.
Orie was born Oct. 23, 1934, in Fairview Alpha to Conrad and Willie Williams and passed away Dec. 18, 2019.
Orie attended school in Fairview Alpha and went to college at Northwestern graduating with a degree in Art and Business. He joined the U.S. Air Force after college and served active duty for four years and another eight years in the reserves.
Orie then returned home to join his brothers in the family business of laying tile. He then left the family business and started working at American Bank and Trust as a janitor/general laborer. Orie had ambition and a business degree and soon started his climb to the position of Vice-President which he finally retired from after 34 years of service. He was a true renaissance man with many proficient talents in art, gardening, construction, photography, teaching, theater and song. He served his church family in many positions over the years from choir, teacher, board member to Board President. The youth group, known as the Orieo’s, which was named after him, still lead the way in helping the community with donations of money, time, coats, shoeboxes for homeless children, etc. He attended numerous meetings and was instrumental in seeing many projects fulfilled including the current church sanctuary. Orie left his mark on the old sanctuary in the form of the stained-glass windows that are prominently displayed.
Orie suffered with the general health problems of the elderly the past few years as well as Alzheimers disease. He was bedridden the past few years and finally succumbed to a stroke which left him a few days of life. He will be missed greatly by many people who loved him for the kind, Christian man he was.
Orie was the last of six children to pass on from this life. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Arnold Williams, Douglas Williams and Jimmy Williams; two sisters, Carrie Mae Bailey and Leta Baker.
Left to cherish his memories include his wife, Beatrice Williams; four children, Floyd Baker and Tim Baker, both of Coushatta, Cindy White and husband Mike of Campti and Willette Frederick and husband Robert of Coushatta; Loving grandchildren include Jonathan White, Colton White, T.J. Bradham, Kelly Bradham Cameron, Chelsie Wren Williams, Skyler Dane Williams, Bella Reese Frederick, Finley Quinn Frederick; many extended family from his lifelong church, Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church; and one very special small dog named Pippa.
Pallbearers will be Robert Jonathan White, T.J. Bradham, Max Pepper, Robert Messick, Richard Cox and Jarrett Bailey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Stanley Williams and Jimmy Wayne Williams.