Melonee Bell Williams

August 19, 1920July 29, 2011

Melonee Bell Williams, 90, left this life Friday, July 29, 2011. She was born August 19, 1920, to the late Townsend Bell and Christine Hardy Bell in Victoria (Mission Valley) County Texas. She was the oldest of three children. Melonee accepted and acknowledged God through his son Jesus Christ as her Savior in 1932. She was baptized in the Guadalupe River on Easter Sunday 1932 by Rev. West and joined Palestine Missionary Baptist Church. She served as an usher for many years and belonged to the Junior and Senior mission. Later she joined Faith Family Church and she attended regularly until her health failed.

Melonee attended Victoria Colored Elementary and F.W. Gross High School, finishing with honors. She was the F. W. Gross High School Queen of 1938.

Melonee was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis G Williams, Jr., and brothers, James C. Bell and John T. Bell. On August 20, 1941, she was joined in holy matrimony with Francis G. Williams, Jr. They were blessed with two children, Benson O. Williams and Christine F. Williams. Together they owned and operated a very successful business, Williams Washateria.

A devoted wife, mother, homemaker, grandmother and civic leader, Melonee belonged to a host of civic organizations that included the Eveready Homemakers Club, Carver Center Ladies Auxillary, The Victoria County Home Extension Council and the Hear Foundation. She was also the co-pioneer of the F. W. Gross High School Reunion Council, the pioneer of the Bell/Anderson Reunion Committee, was a 4-H Club leader, a girl scout leader and a pioneer of the Carver Center Debutante Ball Committee.

Melonee leaves to cherish her legacy two children, Benson O. Williams Sr., and wife, Lessie Williams, Christine F. (Williams) Cavalier and husband, Kenneth Cavalier; three grandchildren, Benson Williams Jr., Alecia D. Williams and Joshua P. Cavalier; nieces, Cheryl Renea Steward, Carolyn Ann Alexander, Deborah Dunston Ladet, Connie Bell Green, Jackie Bell, and Rita Bell; nephews, Alvin Hardy, Rev. Francis Ray Hardy, Elga Steward Jr., Reginald Bruce Steward, Rikki Steward, Jesse W. Dunston , James Bell, and a host of grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and many friends will cherish her memory.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 3, 2011, from 6 to 8 pm at Rosewood Funeral Chapels.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 1 pm at Faith Family Church with Rev. Francis Hardy officiating, and Rev. Jimmie Flakes presenting the eulogy. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Williams, Jeff Williams, Jesse Dunston, Ron White, Arthur White, James Bell, Eddie Bryant and Charles Green.

Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Everready Homemakers Club.

If one so desires they may make memorials to the Everready Homemakers Club Scholarship Fund, c/o First Victoria, 101 S. Main, Victoria, Texas, 77901.

Words of comfort may be shared at

Arrangements are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels, 3304 Mockingbird Lane, Victoria, Texas, 77904, 361/573-4546.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 4, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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A Heartfelt Message

August 7, 2011

August 5, 2011

To Christine and The Williams Family ,Your Family is in our prayers and thoughts. We will miss your mother very much she was a blessing. God bless .... LaJuana, Wesley,Alma Strait & Sharon Jamison.

Carol Smith-LaVergne

August 4, 2011

To Christine & The Williams Family,

Every loss is a challenge to grow. Growth requires change and change is often painful. When a loved one dies and transitions, everything changes, including you. Nothing is ever the same again.

Loss creates an emotional wound, but it is an injury that can be healed. With help and understanding, the pain of loss can be transformed into a challenging new beginning and your grief experience can become a healthy, positive and healing experience.

I share in your pain. Mrs. Melonee was always a joy to be around. She made the most of our time together...she was forever imparting wisdom into me and I always anticipated being enlightened by her "Pearls of Wisdom".

In my eyes she represented the true essence of Titus 2:2-5 King James Version (KJV):
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Christine THANKS for sharing your "Mama" with me!!!!!!

Just know Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal.

Jo Ann White-Jones

August 3, 2011

May GOD keep you and hold you during this time of loss. I respected and admired Mrs. Williams. She was an inspiration and blessing to me from Girl Scouts through my adulthood. She will be missed.

August 3, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Frankie Williams and Family

Johnny and Therese Bomersbach

August 3, 2011

Benson and Christine
We are saddened by the death of your mother. She was such a wonderful lady. God bless you and your family.

Minnie Austin-Hill

August 3, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

August 2, 2011

Christine,may God Bless you and keep you doing this time.Love Rev & Mrs Fred Hobbs

August 2, 2011

Christine, we are sorry for the loss of
your Mom. Hopefully the memories you have of her will give you some comfort.

Myrtha(Diggs)and Andrew