James Sampson & Della Caldonia (McAfee) Williams
Navarro County, Texas


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Rev. James Sampson Williams &
Della Caldonia (McAfee) William

James Sampson "Samp" Williams, son of Henry Thomas & Martha Jane (Thomas) Williams, was born 26 February, 1870 in Arkansas. He was married to Della Caldonia McAfee, daughter of Charles Renow & Cecila Ann (Terry) McAfee, on July 11,1892 in Navarro County, Texas by Rev. James Campbell Osborne. Samp's brother, Joseph Thomas Williams, married Della's sister, Alice Zelina McAfee.  Samp attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Samp and Della had five children (listed below). Samp was a Baptist Minister, farmer, and also ran a store in Emmett. The family lived in Henderson County for a short while then moved to Corsicana.  Samp died of a Heart Attack at the family home at 410 E. 12th Street Corsicana, on February 6, 1938.

Della was born 7 December 1874 in White County AR and died at the Corsicana Clinic on 10 November 1947.

Samp and Della are buried in the Prairie Grove Cemetery, Emmett, Navarro County, Texas.

Della Caldonia (McAfee) Williams


Children of James Sampson and Della Caldonia (McAfee) Williams





Stella Othella Williams17 Jun 18946 Feb 1969
Resthaven Cemetery;
- Ira Claude Poole
Judson Freeman Williams 26 Feb 189717 Oct 1976
Lone Tree Cemetery, Haywood, California
- Delia Agness Dockery
- Ruth Elder
- Louise Elizabeth Watson
Harvey Thomas Williams 7 Aug 18993 Oct 1986
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery;
- Essie Mae Berryhill;
Letha Maud Williams 16 Feb 190310 Nov 1904
Prairie Grove Cemetery
Charles Edward Williams 14 Oct 19095 Sep 1936
David White Cemetery
- Inez Bosley
- Floy Springer
- Ruth Irene Gordon


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Prairie Grove Cemetery
Navarro County, TX



Prairie Grove Cemetery
Navarro County, TX




Funeral services for James Sampson Williams, aged 67 years, Baptist Minister, who died at the family residence, 410 East Twelfth Avenue, Sunday morning at 4 o'clock, were held Monday afternoon from the Emmett Baptist church. Interment was made in the Emmett Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Clyde Griffin, pastor of the Calvery Baptist Church. Rev. Mr. Williams was a native of Arkansas, but had resided in Navarro County for the past 60 years. He lived in the Emmett community for many years, but had resided herefor some time. Survivors are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. I. C. Pool, Corsicana; two sons, Judson Williams, Corsicana, and Harvey Williams, Kerens; a sister, Mrs. Mollie, Green, Emmett and a number of other relatives. Pallbearers were I.C. Pool, J.D. Skinner, Clyde Ellington, Spurgeon Williams, Henry Williams, and Reno Williams. Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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February 7, 1938

WILLIAMS - Corsicana, Texas. Feb. 7. - Funeral services for James Sampson Williams, 67, Baptist minister, who died at the home Sunday, were held Monday at the Emmett Baptist Church.
Williams was a native of Arkansas, but had lived in Navarro County sixty years. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. I C. Pool of Corsicana; two sons, Judson Williams of Corsicana and Harvey Williams of Kerens, and one sister.



   Mrs. Della Williams, aged 72 years, long-time resident of Navarro county died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Monday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock.
Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral Home chapel Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock with interment in the Emmett cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist chhurch.
   Surviving are two sons, Judson Williams, Paducah, formerly of Corsicana, and Harvey Williams, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. I. C. Poole, Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Alice Williams, Corsicana, Mrs. Minnie Perryman, Dallas and Mrs. Etta Shelton, Frost, and other relatives.
   Pallbearers were Elton Skinner, Bill Tom Bickers, J. D. Skinner, Pierce Dockery, Dewey Osteen and Claude Norman.

The Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Nov 14, 1947

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Mrs. Della Williams
Passed Away Corsicana, Texas November 10, 1947. Services Held At Corley Funeral Chapel, Corsicana, Texas, Tuesday, November 11, 1047 4:00 P.M. Officiating Rev. A. J. Kirkland. Interment Emmett Cemetery. Pall Bearers Elton Skinner, Bill Tom Bickers, J.D. Skinner, Pierce Dockery, Dewey Osteen, Claude Norman.

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