Doris Jean Gillespie McWilliams
The angelic hosts came for Mrs. McWilliams last Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in the Teague Nursing and Rehab Center among loving family and devoted friends.
Viewing will be Friday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague; and with a musical tribute service from 6-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church North Teague, 112 Grayson St. in Teague. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, 209 N. Sixth St. in Teague, with the Rev. Cleo High and Pastor Larry Rose, officiating.
Interment will be in the Antioch Cermetery, North First Street in Teague.
Doris J. McWilliams was the third child of Roosevelt Gillespie and Molly Lucille Wade Gillespie and was born in the Salem Community of Freestone County on Aug. 23, 1925.
Doris grew up in Freestone County and attended the public schools there. She graduated from Furney Richardson High School. Doris accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Salem Missionary Baptist Church.
After marrying Charlie Wyman McWilliams, she moved to Teague and joined First Baptist Church North Teague under the Rev. A.A. Wilcox. During her husband’s time as a pastor, Mrs. McWilliams served as First Lady to Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Simsboro Community of Teague; New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Amarillo; St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Corsicana; New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Tennessee Colony; First Baptist Church South Teague; and when her husband, the Rev. C.W. McWilliams became associate minister at her home church, First Baptist Church North Teague, she assisted First Lady Johnetta Gillespie, wife of the Rev. W.H.T. Gillespie, and served on the preacher’s aide and homecoming committee.
After her husband’s death, she continued her membership and was a faithful member under the Rev. W.H.T. Gillespie, the Rev. E. J. Malone, and the Rev. Larry L. Rose Jr. As a member, she served as mission president, Bible teacher, choir president, devotional leader, and Sunday school teacher.
Doris McWilliams attended Navarro Junior College and received her nursing assistant certification. She later went back to school and became the first African American to receive her Medication Aide Certificate in Teague.
She worked in nursing homes in Teague and Mexia. She also did private sittings for several families in the community. After retirement, Doris volunteered at the Mexia State Supported Living Center’s Foster Grandparent Program and served there for 10 years.
Mrs. McWilliams was also a member of the Heroines of Jericho, AARP, and she served as an advisor to community members who needed help applying for any type of assistance from the government.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sons James McWilliams and Wyman McWilliams; her infant daughters Ernestine McWilliams and Margaret Ann McWilliams, and also Charlie Jean McWilliams-Smith; seven brothers and two sisters.
Those left to cherish her memory are her sons Maurice McWilliams and wife Gwen, of Fort Worth. Dwain McWilliams and wife Mary, of Marion, Ohio, Billy McWilliams and wife Maria, of San Antonio, Bobbie McWilliams and wife Ricarda, of Teague, and Alfonzo Dale McWilliams and wife Evelyn, of Port Arthur; her daughters, Christene Wilson and husband Jerry, of Teague, and Felicia Goodwin and husband John, of Alvin; her brothers, the Rev. C.W. Gillespie and wife Diane, of Fort Worth, and Elbert Gillespie, of Fairfield; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague, is serving the McWilliams family. Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.
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