I come to you all, Madison Journal readers, once again to pay tribute to yet another fine citizen among us in Madison Parish. A dynamic man of God, father, city councilman and other attributes can be given to this gentleman. I’m speaking of the late, great Rev. Henry J. Williams.
As the outspoken pastor of the Pleasant Hill M.B. Church (as well as others among the area), I can honestly say that Pastor Williams was a man after God’s own heart.
The father of an awesome singing family (as I shared weeks ago in the Madison Journal on the passing of his awesome wife, Ethel Mae) the Rev. Henry J. Williams demonstrated several times that his offspring earned some of their great singing talent from him (as well as Sister Williams!). Pastor Williams was very instrumental in assisting me to get on with the City of Tallulah in the recreation department. And I’m eternally grateful to him and the city council staff at the time for giving me that opportunity. Pastor Henry J. Williams was a man of God, who preached and taught the Lord’s gospel just as it was (no beating around the bush or sugar-coating!).
One of the key deals which I fondly remember about Pastor Williams’ ministry is how he would catch people sleeping in the spirit. He’d quickly tell you, “Hello somebody!” Thank you so much for all of the great church trips which you (and Sister Williams) let me tag along on to MerRouge and Vicksburg, Mississippi. Thank you for the great times when we broke bread with the people of God you pastored among this area. But most of all thank you for being the agent of God which you were on the earth, Pastor Williams! There’s no doubt in my mind that you’re enjoying eternal life in the New Jerusalem!
- Karl Thomas