Sara Louise Williams

September 18, 1929January 6, 2019

Sara Louise Williams, born September 18, 1929, in Horatio, Arkansas, died peacefully in her sleep at home in Houston on Epiphany Sunday, January 6. She was surrounded by her husband, Kelly, and her loving family. She was one of five children, the only girl, of Irene and George Halliday.

Seventy years ago, a returning veteran, Kelly Williams, saw this beautiful, vibrant brunette walking across the campus at Southern Arkansas A & M. He said to his buddies, she's going to be my bride." Eight months later they were married. This was 1948 and thus began their journey, a journey that would take them through two graduate schools and seminary. After leaving Dallas and Perkins School of Theology, they were appointed to Kelly's first pastorate, Sunset Methodist Church in Pasadena, Texas where they served for five years. There was a fairly new church in west Houston that the Bishop A. Frank Smith determined would be their next appointment. Chapelwood Methodist Church became their home for the next 36 years with their two young daughters, Kathy, six and Marcia, four.

Sara served alongside Kelly in all the activities at Chapelwood. She was a leader in education and in the Women's Society of Christian Service (now called UMW). She was a giving and loving lady and always found the best in everyone. She never had a negative thing to say about anyone. It was Sara's faith that led Kelly to the ministry; he thought he was destined to become a lawyer. Kelly would say this about his wife: "There could be a thousand people in church on Sunday, but if Sara couldn't be there, I thought there was a huge vacancy." She was his strength. She ran their home with grace and strength and as she would say, "Kelly ran the church. I ran our home."

She is survived by her husband, Kelly; daughters Kathy Jamison and Marcia Hanson (Ken); her loving brother, Donald Halliday (Christy); grandchildren Courtney Campbell, Rebecca Hanson, Robyn Jamison, and Brent Jamison; great-grandchildren Bransen, Dawson, and Mackenzie Campbell, and Kelly and Cole Jamison and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services for Mrs. Williams will be held on Thursday morning, January 10, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay St., Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts may be made to The Chapelwood Foundation, 11140 Greenbay St., Houston, TX 77024-6798.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service and Celebration of Life Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sara Louise Williams

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