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Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - LaGrange

1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA

OBITUARY

Mrs. Mavis Barnes Williams

July 29, 1939November 24, 2019
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Early Sunday morning on November 24, 2019, Mavis Barnes Williams, loving wife and mother passed away at the age of 80.

Mavis grew up in LaGrange, GA and graduated from Troup High School in 1957. She enjoyed playing on the High School Basketball team, working with the school yearbook and participation in her favorite clubs. She was Miss Troup High in 1957. She married Ralph Williams on February 14, 1958. They were married 61 years.

They moved to Chattanooga in 1960 where they raised their 3 children, Kim, Kelly and Jeff. They were in Chattanooga for 51 years except for 3 fun years they spent in Johnston, SC from 1996 to 1999.

She devoted her life to her church, her faith, her husband and raising their children. She was an active member of Concord Baptist Church in Chattanooga and while in South Carolina, they were active members at Johnston First Baptist.

They moved back to LaGrange, GA in November of 2011. Upon moving back to LaGrange, Mavis and Ralph were welcomed into the Callaway Baptist Church family where they made many new friends.

For the last 40 years, she was affectionately called "Nanny" by her great grandchildren, grandchildren and children. She loved her family, friends, traveling, family get togethers, studying the bible, annual family trips to North Myrtle Beach, the art of hooking rugs, watching sports (especially TN Women's Basketball), flower gardening, and birdwatching at her feeders.

She was very particular about her house, the way she presented herself in public, and living in a way that represented her Christian life. When people think of Mavis, the words that seems to always come to mind are "a true lady".

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie "C.V." and Verna Barnes, brother Joel Barnes, sister Sheila Hill and her brother-in-law Quillian Hill. She is survived by her husband Ralph, her children, Kim Gilley, Kelly Williams (Chris) and Jeff Williams, sister Hazel Owens (Billy), brother Gerald Barnes (Laraine), sister Beverly Reeves (Johnny), sister-in-law Helen Barnes, and grandchildren Leslie Seigler, Jennifer Gilley, Blake Gilley, Clay Williams (Lana), Hunter Williams, Denver Williams, Kristal May (Jared), great grandchildren Mavis Reeves and Annie Kay Seigler, Paxton, Grant, and Owen May, and many neices and nephews.

Even with her cancer diagnosis and all of the sickness, she walked in faith daily. Now she is no longer sick and is at peace. She touched many lives and will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange, www.westgeorgiahospice.org

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

  • DONATIONS

  • West Georgia Hospice

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Memories

Mrs. Mavis Barnes Williams

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Ken Williams

November 27, 2019

The Williams family have been blessed by having Mavis as an addition to our family. She has been a real encourager to all if us. Her Christian is undeniable. Ken & Faye Williams

Dawn Williams

November 27, 2019

Aunt Mavis was the best of the best, a true example of Proverbs 31 with a faithful, servants heart. So many wonderful memories of her throughout my life at family get togethers and reunions, especially that big smile and infectious laugh. Growing up, I couldn't wait to spend time with my cousins, Kim, Kelly and Jeff at their home, especially sleep overs. Aunt Mavis was the perfect hostess. I felt like I was at the "White House" and had the best time ever! She has certainly left a ripple effect of love, positivity and perseverance with all of us blessed to know her. We wish we could be there today to celebrate her home going. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, love you all!

Pat McCroskey

November 26, 2019

Mrs. Williams seemed to always be smiling and laughing. I started out visiting with the family when I was in grade school and Jeff was my best friend. Playing basketball, paper football and eating a sandwich that Mavis made for us. She always treated me like I was supposed to be there at the house on Shallowford Rd. Later in life, Kelly became my best friend. I recently called him and Mavis answered the phone. She was laughing and saying, "it was ringing, so I answered it!" She also said to me and my mom, just because we don't get to see each other anymore, doesn't mean we can't be good friends. Mrs. Williams was always the friendliest and most loving person you could ever meet.

Jim and LaRue Butler

November 26, 2019

So sorry we cannot be with the family at this time. We are in FL for the week and just saw it. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers and know she is happy and in no more pain. MY God bless each of you and give you peace and contentment as you adjust to life without our dear sweet friend.

Judy Bledsoe

November 26, 2019

I remember Mrs.mavis from the 3 yrs she lived in Johnston. I had the privilege of doing her hair. She was a very sweet lady and everyone that knew her loved her.

Rob Stone

November 26, 2019

Mrs. Williams was one of the most cheerful people I had ever been around and spending the night at Kelly’s house was always the best because I knew Mrs Williams would prepare some great food for us. Always looked forward to that. She loved her children, her family and her church family. She really did live a full life and set a great example for us all. We will all miss her. Rob Stone

Billy Jones

November 26, 2019

So sorry to hear about Ms Williams. But we know she is in a much better place. Always enjoyed seeing her wonderful smile at Shorecrest while vacationing! My prayers are with the family.

Gayle May

November 26, 2019

So sorry. Mavis always a beautiful lady. I feel very fortunate to have shared our Grand Children and Great Grands together. Prayers for all the family. Gayle

Cameron Richards

November 26, 2019

Aunt Mavis was a beautiful person inside and out. Although I didn’t see her very often, I always felt very close to her when I did. She’s always reminded me of my grandmother Beverly Reeves (who is her sister and is also called nanny by her family coincidentally). I always referred to her as my nanny’s twin. She holds a very special place In my heart and memories. As a little girl, I remember waking up before elementary school to drink coffee and do bible study over the phone with my nanny and my aunt Mavis. I know that those were some of the most impactful moments as a child in making me who I am today and who I want to be in the future. Her and my nanny have always been the best of friends along with their other siblings. I always admired that and her. She was an amazing role model and person to be around. Aunt Mavis always had a very welcoming and happy energy surrounding her and her husband Ralph has always been so funny and happy as well. I only remember laughing and having happy memories mainly around Thanksgiving with them. She was also exceptionally beautiful, even in her last days I saw pictures of her and couldn’t believe how pretty she looked even in bad health. Mavis was an amazing example of what a true Christian should be like, and she put God first through out her life. God blessed her life and she is blessing her now more than ever, while she is in Heaven. I have no doubt in my mind that Aunt Mavis is happier than we can ever imagine, and would want us to be happy too. She has left an amazing impact on everyone around her and she will never be forgotten by those who knew her. Some of Mavis’s last words to me recently were, “God is so good. Trust him always. He is ALL he promises.” I think she would’ve liked for me to share that with others.

Sandra Dietz

November 25, 2019

Although I had never met Mavis I felt like I knew her. I have been friends with her sister, Beverly Reeves for many years and heard so many wonderful things about Mrs. Mavis. She had a wonderful testimony that Beverly shared with me many times.
I want to send my sincere condolences to the family and my prayers for God’s comfort and peace.
God bless you,
Sandra Dietz

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