In Memoriam: Van Allen Williams

September 18, 1953 – September 25, 2015

5 IN MEMORIAM vanBorn September 18, 1953 to the late Rev. Howard Williams, Sr., and Helen Williams. One of thirteen siblings, Van graduated from Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss., and attended Jackson State University. He spent several years in Chicago, Ill. before returning to Mississippi.

In 1974 Van was joined in holy matrimony to Jackie V. Allen in Jackson. Van and Jackie celebrated forty-one years of marriage. To this union two children were born, Van Anthony and Jameka Latrice. He was also the father of Aundreco Robinson (deceased).

Van gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ under the teaching of Pastor Nicholas Tanner and a remarkable transformation took place. He became a faithful member of Second Temple Church of Christ (Hol.) U.SA., serving in the capacities of choir member, trustee, deacon, assistant superintendent, and Sunday school teacher.

He loved washing his cars, tending his lawn and grilling. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family and helping others. He was a hard worker and worked in the plastic industry for most of his adult life.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Howard and Helen Williams; brothers, Ralph Williams, Marvin Williams, and Henry Burks; and son, Aundreco Robinson.

Van leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Jackie; son, Anthony (Tiffany) Williams, Jackson, Miss.; daughter, Jameka (Ali) Williams-Muhammad, Chicago; a daughter of the heart, Nicole Hawkins, Jackson, Miss.; daughter-in-law, Sherry Anthony, Jackson, Miss.; grandchildren: Omar Williams, Emmani Williams, Jayln Williams, Alia Muhammad, Amani Muhammad, Ruele Butler, Jason Phillips, Ashley Green, Demarcus Sykes, Armoni Robinson, Hikeem Hawkins, Riheem Hawkins, and Jacque Hawkins; three great grandchildren; four sisters: Gloria Mims, Huntsville, Ala., Ruth (John) Patterson, Ridgeland, Miss., Rita (David) Black, Memphis, Tenn., and Teresa Williams, Clinton, Miss.; five brothers: Terry (Joanna) Williams, Bolton, Miss., Roland (Angela) Williams, Flossmoor, Ill., Howard (Betty) Williams, Jackson, Miss., Daniel (Janie) Williams, Bartlett, Ill., and Larry (Beverly) Williams, Clinton, Miss.; sister-in-law Beverly Williams, Dallas, TX; and a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and a special family friend, Patricia Harrison.