Jacqueline B. WilliamsMay 1, 1958 ~ December 31, 2019 (age 61)
Jacqueline Bivens-Williams was born May 1, 1958, to Early James and Eloise Bivens in Crossett, Arkansas. She was the youngest of four children and a member of the Crossett High School class of 1976. In her later teenage life, she gave birth to two wonderful children, Monda Ladon (April 20, 1974) and Jason Demond Bivens (June 20, 1975). Three years later, she met her sweetheart, the love of her dreams, Charlie L. Williams, and she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy Reginald Sharome Williams (December 18, 1979). Jacqueline also raised a nephew as her son, Joseph L. Bivens, and she passionately referred to them all as her babies. On January 5, 1983, she married her sweetheart, Charlie, and remained married until his death on July 31, 2014.
Jacqueline accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend B.J. Jackson. She was a member of the Youth Choir and the Young Adult Choir. Later the Lord guided her to join Faith Ministries under the leadership of the late Pastor Alene Pinson. Jacqueline remained a member when the church transitioned from Faith Ministries to Freedom Ministries under the leadership of Apostle Angie Hogan. She was a member of the Praise Team and had such a sweet melodious soprano voice. In her early years, she also sang with the Keystone Singers alongside her dad, Early, and her sister Rose Ladon.
Jacqueline loved to have family gatherings for birthdays, holidays, or just getting together to have good food and fun. Out of all the events that she would host, Christmas was her favorite holiday. The family will keep this tradition ongoing to honor her life.
Jacqueline was a hard worker who loved to work, she had several jobs, but her last employment was at the City of Crossett Sanitation Department, where she eventually retired.
Jacqueline is preceded in death by her husband, her paternal grandparents, James and Lizzie Brown, and her maternal grandparents, I.J. and Earlene Johnson Brown.
She leaves to cherish her memories her three children, Monda Ladon Bivens-Tucker (Lester) and J. Demond Bivens both of Crossett, and Reginald Sharome Williams of Fayetteville, AR; a nephew she raised as a son, Joseph L. Bivens (Camellia) of Monticello, AR; two grandchildren, Rayvonn Watson of Sherwood, AR, and Javonn Watson of Monticello, AR; one great-grandchild, Myleia Paskel of Sherwood, AR; her parents, Early James and Eloise Brown Bivens of Crossett; siblings, Rose LaDon Bivens of Crossett, Stevie Bivens (Patrice) of El Dorado, AR, and Donald Charles, Sr. (Mildred) of Houston, TX; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A Homegoing Celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Freedom Ministries, 221 W. Pierce St. in Crossett with Pastor Barbara Cooper officiating, followed by interment at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Marc Williams, Jermaine Ellis, Jahmar Durby, Sequan Duke, Michael Thompson, Jr., Lavoris Johnson, Freddy Wallace, and Jessie Hampton, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Stevie Bivens, Donald C. Bivens, Sr., J. Demond Bivens, Reginald S. Williams, Joseph L. Bivens, Donald C. Bivens, Jr., Anthony J. Bivens, David Bivens, Javonn Watson, Elijah Bivens, Michael Fenison, and the CHS Class of 1976.
Viewing will be available from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2020, at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, Crossett.