Funeral services for Mrs. Julia B. Hill Williams have been scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Bonita, Louisiana. Rev. John L. Hill, her brother, will be the officiant of the services. The Interment will follow the services in St. Luke Cemetery.
Family Visitation Friday April 27, 2018, at Loche's Mortuary from 5pm-6pm.
A Celebration of Life
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me, the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His appearing.
2 Timothy 4: 7-8
According to the local weather report, April 14, 1931 was going to be a tumultuous day. Rain was in the forecast and the distant rumbling of thunder could be heard by David and Georgia Holman Hill. But the threat of thunder, lightning, and rain did not dampen the spirits of the David Hill family. Why? On this day, the third of what was to be twelve children was born. To this child was given the name Julia Beatrice Hill. On April 16, 2018, Julia stepped from mortality to immortality to receive her just reward from her Heavenly Father.
Life for Julia was anything but boring. She was always surrounded by her brothers, sisters and cousins of her father’s brothers and sisters. At an early age she was taught the importance of family and the dignity of work. It was also her responsibility to take care of her younger brothers, sisters, and sometimes, cousins.
She attended Bonita Rosenwald Elementary School with her siblings. But, the education that she received in school paled in comparison to the spiritual education she received when she became a member of the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. Here, she and her siblings were taught to love God without ceasing, honor your parents as proclaimed in the Bible, and “treat people like you wanted them to treat you.” Even though she traveled far from her “roots,” this Golden Rule was a part of her everyday life. When she returned to Bonita after an extended stay, she immediately reconnected with St. Luke and served as the Usher Board President and Clothing Closet and Food Pantry Director.
In the early 1950’s Julia left her parents and joined her first husband, the late Army Officer Willie J. Brown who was stationed in Ft. Lewis, WA. He was relocated to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. Both Julia and Willie had entrepreneurial spirits and remained in Fairbanks, Alaska for the next twelve years. In 1958 they moved to Anchorage, Alaska but later moved to Spokane, WA in 1969. While residing in Anchorage all of their children graduated from the Anchorage School System. Julia joined the Shiloh Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Patterson. There she formed the Alaska Ushers’ Association in 1978 serving as its acting President. She was the recipient of the prestigious “Woman of the Year” award and was also recognized by the Governor of Alaska for her involvement in many Civic and Social Organizations. Julia also served as the USAF Elmendorf Commissary Cafeteria Director and became director of the Hope Cottage where she served for ten years.
In 1983 she met and married Mr. Lee Williams. Julia and Lee ran Hope Cottage, a home for disabled and mentally impaired children, until retiring and moving back to Jones, LA, in 1995. Her beloved husband, Mr. Lee Williams preceded her in death in 2003. Julia remained in Jones, LA for a total 23 years.
Julia leaves to cherish her memory, her laughter, her kind and loving ways, five grateful children: Thessolonia Smith of VA, Denise Houston of Jones, LA, Cynthia Brown of Baton Rouge, LA, Willie J. Brown Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jeanette J. Lyons of Celina, TX; four thankful step children, Andre’, Theodore, Randolph, and Annette Gilkey; twelve grandchildren, twenty-three great grand-children whom she adored, her siblings, Leola Hill-Odom, Inez-Hill Jones, Hazel Hill-Jackson, David Hill, Rev. John L. Hill, Charles Hill, Lafayette Hill., and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Julia Beatrice Hill Williams was elegant and extending her extraordinary brand of hospitality was her gift. It brought her great joy to extend charity to others; always being mindful that she might be “entertaining angels unaware.” We love her and we will truly miss her. We thank God for her example of faithfulness and graciousness in serving others.
WE are humbled and grateful that God, in this infinite wisdom blessed us with a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who touched lives of so many. Julia Beatrice Hill Williams, you will be remembered ALWAYS. Rest in Love! Rest!