Beverly Jean Garrett Williams

Published 6:56 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Beverly Jean Garrett Williams, 68, was called home at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Scenic Nursing Home in Herculaneum, Mo., when God saw her struggling with her health and whispered, “Job well done, my child. It is your time.”

On Nov. 27, 1933, Lucille Jackson was united in holy matrimony to Theodore Garrett, and to this union six children were born, three boys and three girls. The middle child of the three girls was Beverly Jean Garrett, who was born on Sept. 17, 1944, in Folsom.

Her spiritual life began when she gave her life to Christ at Midway Church of Christ Holiness USA. At an early age she watched her mother in the kitchen cooking and baking. Later on, Beverly grew a love for cooking and baking, following her mother’s footsteps in the kitchen.

She attended Washington Parish High School and received her diploma in May 1964. She married Riley Wesley Jr. of New Orleans on Sept. 13, 1964. Four children — Riley Wesley III, Reginald Wesley (who died of crib death when very young), Jacoby Trelon Wesley and Ryan Oneal Wesley — were born to that marriage.

At that time she resided in Monroe, where she raised her children for most of their lives. Weil Cleaners in Monroe employed her for 15 years.

Beverly was very involved in church activities and with the boys’ activities and their school functions. She loved to bake cakes and pies, with everything always made from scratch or from a family recipe.

After nearly 20 years, the marriage of Beverly and Riley Wesley Jr. came to an end. She focused her life on raising her three children. In 1985 she met Tommie Williams Jr. of Monroe, and they later married. They were blessed with a baby girl, LaDella DeShea Williams, in 1986. After three years they divorced and then she relocated to St. Louis, Mo., where she raised her daughter. While in St. Louis she had various jobs, including laundry-dry cleaners, school cafeteria cook/server, and working at nursing homes.

She leaves behind two sisters, Linda Magee (Bobby), Bertha Mae Pitts (Matthew); three sons and daughters-in-law, Riley Wesley III (Wendy), Jacoby Wesley (Angela) and Ryan Wesley (LavNottra); her daughter, LaDella Williams; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, close family and friends.

Her parents, Theodore and Lucille Jackson Garrett, preceded her in death.

Beverly Jean Williams will be truly missed by many and we will meet again on the other side one day.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 14, at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Franklinton from 2-6 p.m., with a family hour from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Homeville Missionary Baptist Church in Folsom, with the Rev. Calvin Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Hay Hollow Cemetery.

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