Claud Williams, Jr.

Private Services: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park.

Claud Williams, Jr. was born April 1, 1931 in Jefferson, Texas to Mr. Claud, Sr. and Dessie Holly Williams. He was the sixth of seven children in the family of six boys and one girl. He enjoyed a happy childhood even though he was somewhat sickly in his younger days. On December 22, 1962 Claud married Maggie J. Williams of Waco, Texas.  Endearingly, he called Maggie “Chennie” for 57 ½ years.

Claud attended elementary school in the Jefferson school system. He continued his education in Sweetwater and then went to A.J. Moore High School in Waco where he graduated with honors.  After graduation he entered the military service and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1953.  Claud graduated from Paul Quin College with a double major and a B.S. degree in Natural Science and Social Science.  He also took classes at Abilene Christian College and Prairie View A &M College while working towards a Master’s Degree.

Teaching was something Claud always excelled at.  His teaching career began in Sweetwater and later he taught in Waco at J. H. Hines Elementary School.  Other places of employment included: Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas, SWIFT Meat Company and H.E.B.  Claud had many skills and enjoyed working in different trades.

In 1968 Claud made a public dedication of his faith by baptism to become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He served loyally for over 50 years in various capacities in the East, Bellmead and Northcrest congregations in Waco.  He and Maggie were known throughout several states as a very generous, self- sacrificing, compassionate and spiritual couple.  They were devoted to Jehovah, Jesus and sharing the Truth with whomever would listen.  Claud was a mild, patient and humble person. He loved talking about God’s Word the Bible, fishing with Maggie and close friends, his family, gardening and caring for his lawn.  He wanted everything to look very neat and well-manicured.

People loved Claud and enjoyed spending time with him. He spent many hours shepherding and helping friends tackle life’s problems. His close family members say, “Claud didn’t know how to stay angry!” They fondly recount how they had never known him to hold a grudge or speak in an unkind manner to anyone. Claud had unshakeable faith and looked intently toward receiving everlasting life on a beautiful, cleansed Paradise earth.  Maggie awaits being reunited with him in the future. Maggie and Claud relaxed by spending vacation time in Freeport and Texas Coast where they fished.  The highlight of each summer for decades was attending three and four day District and Regional Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the state.

On Thursday, March 19, 2020 Claud passed away surrounded by his wife, Maggie; sister-in-law, Barbara; nephew, Keith, and two of his Christian brothers, Bobby Johnson and Joel Sanchez.

He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted spouse of 57 ½ years, Maggie Williams; two brothers, Haskel Williams of Sweetwater, and Roscoe (Wanda) Williams of Tucson, Arizona; three sisters-in-law; Carolyn Williams of DeSoto, Texas, Emma Williams of Waco, Texas, and a very devoted sister in Law, Barbara Bradshaw of Waco; a devoted nephew, Reginald Williams and nieces, Bylinthia Porter, Priscilla King as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and a worldwide organization of brothers, sisters and friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Maggie and family,
    We wanted to express our condolence to you and your family. Just know in a little while, we will all be reunited in the new system. We have known Claud for many years. He will be missed. Just remember he is in Jehovah’s memory.

    David & Minnie Herbelin
    Randy & Teresa Miller
    Becky Lewis & Girls

  2. Maggie my love and prayers go to your family. I look forward to seeing both of you in a time where we no longer worry about problems at 2 Tim 3:1_5. Until then my sister Psalm 9:9,10 brings comfort to all of Jehovah’s servants. Love Sister Dorothy Bush

    • To Our Dear Sister and her Family,
      I am keeping you in my prayers. May Jehovah continue to shower you with his tender mercies. With Deepest Love and Sympathy,
      Verthona Jackson
      Audrey Jackson

      Dear Sister Williams,
      We will be forever grateful to Jehovah for sending you and Brother Williams to share the Truth of Jehovah’s Word, for our studies together, and just for being there whenever we needed someone to provide a listening ear. Brother Williams will be greatly missed, but we look forward to the time of the fulfillment of Jehovah’s promises at Revelations 21:4
      With All our Love,
      Jewel, Jr, Monica, and DeVante’ Primm

  3. Burnie Goudeau

    Sister Williams, we weep with you at this difficult time.
    I know Claude lived in hope of the new world. I have happy
    Memories of serving with him in the attendant department at the circuit assemblies. Draw comfort from
    The fact that he will rest well and be ready to continue
    Serving Jehovah God when he is awakened. Your loving
    friends Burnie and Theda Goudeau

  4. Dietrick Horne

    I will miss Brother Williams. Me and my brother Steve remember him when we was little kids having book study at Sister Davis and later to their house. See you in the new order. Prayers to the family.

    Dietrick and Steve Horne

  5. Mannie and Lelia McNeal

    Our LOVE and PRAYERS goes out to you Maggie and other family members! Claud will be DEARLY, DEARLY MISSED! Looking FORWARD to SEEING him again very, very SOON!! Tears of PAIN because he is MISSED, tears of joy knowing that he stayed faithful to Jehovah and Jesus until the END!
    Mannie and Lelia McNeal

  6. Maggie, my sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences. Claud is at peace now, to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. Love you and your family.

    Sharon Hopwood

  7. Maggie, my sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences. Claud is at peace now, to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. Love you and your family.

  8. Our dear Maggie, Sarah and I are praying for you to have the strength found in God’s word to endure the passing of Claud. I will certainly remember tagging along with you and Claud on fishing trips. Fishing with you and Claud was such a pleasure. Claud and I would share lures with each other and have the best time just talking about fishing with Claud. He was so generous and showed so much hospitality to so many people. When we lived near you and when the creek would overflow, we knew we were always welcome to you and Claud’s home. We love you two. We are so close to the end of this old world we can say Claud is just napping. With much love and prayers Charles and Sarah Wells

  9. Deborah Muse Bellavia

    Dear Sister Maggie Williams, so very sorry for the loss of dear Brother Williams. He was always so kind and loving when l came to visit my Muse family. We know he’s safe and in Jehovah’s memory awaiting Jesus voice to wake up. You are in my prayers. Agape love, Sister Debby Muse Bellavia

  10. Sister Williams, my dear friend and sister. I know Jehovah has Claud in His memory now. He is no longer having to deal with pain and suffering. Paradise earth is waiting for him to return and embrace his new life. You, my sister, will be able to be there when he awakens. Prayers for strength, patience, and endurance through the coming weeks.
    Pat Frank-Estelle

  11. Bro williams will be greatly missed.he was like a great uncle to me and maggie a great them both so very we all await the time we will see our loved ones again

  12. Charlie Jackson

    To our dear sister Maggie,
    Please know that our love and prayers goes out to you and your family at this time.
    Brother Claud will be dearly missed. May Jehovah and his son Jesus Christ continue to
    comfort you and your family.

    Charlie & Debra Jackson
    Brian Jackson
    Charles Taylor Jr. ( Wichita, Kansas)
    Sherry Taylor and family ( Balch Springs , Texas)

  13. Ted and Diane Jones

    Our Dearest Sister Maggie Williams….How our hearts hurt for your loss!! Nothing can replace that beautiful husband that is resting in peace at this time. My first encounter with that wonderful brother was on a drama where he played the Grandfather!! What a wonderful portrayal he was!! He was so kind, considerate, and most of all humble, which is a quality that impresses me deep within my heart!! I thought about how great it would have been to have a Real Grandpa like that!! I know you have so many good memories to think about and share with others, like me. Soon though you will be making perfect memories in a perfect world with no more sickness and death forever. Claude WILL hear Jesus call his name and will once again “Stand Up”!! The news of the day will read….. “The whole earth now rests, free of disturbance. People cry out for joy”…Isa. 14:7 Love You, Ted & Diane Jones

  14. Ricky Eastburn

    Claud was always kind and concerned with how you were. I was Only 9 years old when it congregation merged in 1974. I was privileged to be on a couple circuit assembly parts with him. He always took time to talk to this little question popping boy. He sleeps for just a little while till Jehovah awakens him with his next conscious breath. We are so looking forward to seeing him in paradise with that young smile returning.
    May Jehovah keep you strong Sister Williams,
    Ricky and Dana Eastburn

  15. Mary Alice Perez-Ochoa

    Praying for you, Sister Williams and your family during this difficult time.
    When I read Isaiah 41:13, I know Jehovah is grasping your right hand, Do not be afraid I will help you’
    Sister Williams, please know we love you and
    hold you in our prayers!!

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