Bill Williams, 1943-2016

Bill Williams

Bill Williams

The Rev. Powell Gladstone (Bill) Williams II, 73, of Marion, Arkansas, passed away on Oct. 28, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Born on Sept. 25, 1943, Bill was the son of Powell Gladstone (Billie) and Margaret Becton Williams and brother of Thomas Coldren, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Donna Bland Williams, to whom he was married for 51 years; his two children, Kathy Williams Kostopulos and Nancy Williams White; and his grandchildren, Madison, Mahlon, Garrett, Sam and Kate. He also leaves a host of extended family members, an exchange family in Brazil and many cherished friends.

Bill graduated from Marion High School in 1961 and attended Hendrix College, where he graduated with a degree in theology in 1965. He continued his studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he received a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Christian Education degree. At the Decatur-Dekalb, Georgia YMCA, he worked with inner-city youth, promoted social justice and walked with Martin Luther King Jr. for racial equality.

A retired United Methodist minister, Bill served congregations in Conway, Springdale, Mount Hebron, Trumann, Earle, Cabot, Jonesboro, Newport, Greenwood, Blytheville and Crossett. Throughout his ministry, he touched the lives of many.

In his retirement, Bill enjoyed hunting, Razorback sports and spending time with his grandchildren. He became an avid reader of Native American history and culture.

Bill’s family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Memory Care of Little Rock at Good Shepherd for their compassionate care.

A service celebrating Bill’s life was held at First United Methodist Church Paragould, Arkansas, on All Saints’ Day, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. A visitation luncheon followed the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to a local United Methodist Church or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203-9984.