June 12, 1924 – May 16, 2019
Burnice T. McWilliams, 94, of Smackover, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Timberlane Health and Rehab. She was born June 12, 1924 to Burna and Cornie Nash Towns in Union County, AR.
She was a retired teacher for Union County Schools, where she taught for 42 years and was a member of Maple Avenue Baptist Church.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Collie McWilliams; brothers, Adolph Towns, Ferris Towns; and sisters, Dorice Brogan, and Nelwyn Talton.
Those left to cherish her memory are a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2019 at Young's Chapel with Dr. Benjy McCann officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Smackover Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to Maple Avenue Baptist Church or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com
- Visitation Monday, May 20, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, May 20, 2019
- Interment Monday, May 20, 2019
Benni sue Johnson Fambrough
May 21, 2019
In 1953 When we moved from the oil field into our new house on the Smackover highway, my daddy built the garage apartment beside it. Collie and Burnice were our first occupants. She was my idol. I loved her green ivy dishes and how she made pear halves with a touch of red food color and filled with cheese. So fancy!! She loved to sew and could make anything my mother started turn out great.
I wasn’t in her 5th grade class but she let me grade papers occasionally. By the time my brother Gary was in 5th grade my mother had found a way to insure he was in Mrs. McWilliams class.
Later she hosted a lovely bridal shower for me in 1969. I always loved and admired her.
May 21, 2019
I remember Miss Towns from my fourth grade class at Norphlet elementary, just before she married and became Mrs. Mcwilliams. I remember her more as a colleague when I joined the Smackover school staff in 1966. She was a great educator and a remarkable woman!
May 20, 2019
Mrs. McWilliams was my 5th grade teacher at Smackover and also my across-the-street-neighbor until we moved a few blocks away when I was 13. She and my mother were on the elementary faculty together for many years. As Les said, she was a very sweet person and an excellent teacher. She sparked my interest in history and taught the first Arkansas history I had in school. I later got my degree in history, inspired by the lessons she taught us in elementary school. I also remember Mr. Collie mowing their yard on his orange riding lawn mower -- the only riding mower I remember ever seeing in our part of town.
May 17, 2019
From birth to 4 or 5, Burnice and Collie McWilliams were our next door neighbors. We called them Mr. and Mrs. Collie. They may not have been family, but we loved them like they were. My two brothers and I all had Mrs. Collie as our 5th grade teacher. She was amazing. To this day, I remember the Board with the US on it and every state Capitol. If you connected the right state to the right Capitol, a little light bulb lit up. I learned all my state Capitols and so much more from this sweet lady. Even after we moved to another house, we remained close to Mr. and Mrs. Collie and had many catfish cookouts! Mrs. Collie often made her famous strawberry cake. My wife learned to make it. Most of all, I will remember how much love she had to give and how much my family loved her. Thankfully, I got to see her a couple of times in the last year. She was still as sweet as ever. Heaven is a brighter place with her there and I know I will see her there again one day. Thank you sweet lady for being the blessing you were to me and my family. Love is not halted by death! Love you Mrs. Collie.