Ophelia Wagnon Williams
Funeral Date: 1/24/2013

Ophelia Wagnon Williams, age 88 of Warren, Arkansas joined family and friends into the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, January 22, at Chapel Hills Nursing Home, Warren. Ruth Ophelia Wagnon was born August 26, 1924 in the Blue Springs Community of Bradley County, Arkansas to John Robert and Mildred Chambers Wagnon. She graduated from Banks High School at the young age of sixteen and married the love of her life Burgess Williams on June 1, 1941. Ophelia and her husband established and operated Burgess Sales and Service a family owned business still operating in Warren. She worked at the business daily from 1950 until her retirement in 2007 and by example taught her children and grand children the work ethics and dedication necessary to succeed in the work force and in life. For 56 years she and Burgess operated a mail contracting business in Southeast Arkansas from the US Postal Service. They were awarded the Eagle Spirit Award from the US Postal Service in recognition of the many years of exemplary service. Ophelia was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Warren where she was active in the choir and a Sunday School teacher. For over 50 years she sang in the Warren Quartet with her husband Burgess, brother-in-law Bruff Hudson and friend Alvin Doggett. The quartet had a daily radio show in the 1950's that aired at noon on KWRF-AM in Warren. Ophelia was a caring, compassionate and wise woman with a great sense of humor and beautiful smile. She raised her family in a home full of love, faith, good values and lots of fun and laughter. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Ophelia is preceded in death by a son Robert Williams, daughter Patsy Ruth Williams Trammel, and grandson Will Alpe. She is also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers Edward, Travis, and Delbert Wagnon; a sister Marjorie Wagnon Cathey Miller. Ophelia is survived by her husband of 71 years Burgess Williams, a daughter Gloria Williams Alpe and husband Dick of Bentonville, grandchildren Mike Williams and wife Sandra of Warren, Ladonna Williams Hammons and husband Joe of Warren, Robin Alpe Wright and husband Dan of Bentonville, and Kristel Williams Ashcraft and husband Craig of Rye. She is also survived by seven great grandchildren Chris, Christina, Jaclyn, Austin, Drew, Emily, and Katie and two great, great grandchildren Cole and Jaxson and many precious cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members including the Nathan Moore family and the community of Cornerville where she and Burgess lived for 40 years and a daughter in law Pat Williams, Warren. Funeral services were 1:30pm Thursday, Jan 24, at Frazerís Chapel with Rev. Rocky Goodwin and Rev. Randy Murphy officiating. Janice Sullivan was organist. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazerís Funeral Home. Actie pallbearers were Mike Williams, Chris Williams, Nathan Moore, Jimmy Stucks, Clay Wagnon and Jack Gambill. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Alpe, Joe Hammons, Craig Ashcraft and Dan Wright. Memorals may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 605 Sturgis Street, Warren, AR 71671; Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591; Life Touch Hospice, Eldorado, AR.



Name: Kay & Bruce Brown
Message: I have so many sweet memories of Ms Ophelia. She taught my children in Sunday School for years at Cornerville. Ms Ophelia was a special lady.

Name: Verna Whitfield
Message: So sorry for your loss. This wonderful lady was loved and will be missed by many. Verna

Name: Sammy West
Message: We are sorry for your loss Ms Ophelia was a wonderful lady.

Name: Patsy (Taylor) Glover
Message: I am so sorry for your loss and pray the Lord will give you peace.

Name: Linda & Philip Cathey
Message: so sorry for your loss.

Name: Sharon Raley
Message: You all know how much we loved "Aunt Ophelia." I rejoice that she is triumphant in heaven, even at this moment, but we will all miss her and her beautiful smile and joyous spirit while we are here on earth. May God grant each of you his special healing grace.

Name: Floyd Jr. and Norma Wagnon Johnston
Message: We are so sorry about Ophelia, but she was ready to meet her Lord. We did a lot of business with the tractor place, always enjoyed her, A special lady has gone Home

Name: Deanna Smith
Message: LaDonna & Family....I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Rebecca Wagnon-Kron
Message: I loved Aunt Ophelia so, so much. I know that she is singing in heaven with the rest of the Bob Wagnon clan. I will miss this beautiful Christian woman.

Name: Larry & Robbie Reaves
Message: What a wonderful lady. She lived a long productive life. She will be missed, but she is now in the presence of her Lord! Praise be to God.

Name: Larry Stuart St. Louis, MO
Message: Williams family and friends, what a wonderful example of a life well lived. May the Good Lord comfort you at this time. To God be the glory.

Name: Suzette Russell
Message: Just letting you know we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Name: James Wright and Family
Message: Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Name: benny floyd
Message: The most nice lady anyone could ever know. Meat he through the business some 40 years ago and remained in touch since and will be missed by many. Prayers for the family.

Name: Joe & Shirley Simmons
Message: So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Name: David(K.C.) & Tina McClain
Message: Pat & family we are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you & help you through this hard & painful time. We're in our thoughts & prayers.

Name: Dicky & Vicki Lowry
Message: Mr. Williams and family, we are sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Williams. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Eddie & Brenda Pope
Message: To the Williams Family, You all are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry to learn of Mrs. Ophelia's death. Heaven just gained another precious angel. We loved her so very much and missed seeing her at Calvary Church. May God comfort each of you in the days ahead.

Name: Tammy (Savage) McWilliams
Message: Mike, Ladonna & family, I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prays are with you & your family.

Name: Brooke Young
Message: I am so sorry for your loss. I would be there if I was not in the hospital god bless and love Brooke and Jason


Name: Kenny & Tammy Hensley

Name: Ron Moseley
Message: We were saddened to receive the news of Ophelia's passing. We will continue to keep the family in our prayers. Ron and Debra