Frances Harry

Published 9:10 am Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Frances Elaine Williams Harry, 85, a resident of Bogalusa, passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at her home.

Frances was a follower of Christ — a woman of strong faith, love and family. She was happily married to her husband, T.J. “Jack” Harry for 65 years; both were lifelong residents of Bogalusa. Frances was a successful business owner, a huge contributor to the Mile Branch Settlement at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds, an active member of the Bogalusa Garden Club, major contributor to Parish Genealogy through the Genealogy Society and many other community interests throughout her life. Frances was born on April 9, 1931, here in Bogalusa.

She is survived by a daughter, Beth Harry Williams Willett of Prairieville; granddaughter, Jodi Williams of Garland, Texas; grandson, Ryan Williams and wife Sara of Baton Rouge; and four great-grandchildren, Cade, Caleb, Riley and Trace Williams of Baton Rouge. She is also survived by one sister, Dorothy Williams Mizell of Petal, Miss.; two nephews, Tim Mizell of Petal, and Ray Robert Schmidt Jr. of Forestville, Calif.; and one niece, Karen Schmidt (Arthur) Brugier of Slidell.

She is preceded in death by her husband, T. J. “Jack” Harry Jr.; her son, Thadius Jonathan Harry III; parents, Herman P. Williams and Eunice Williams Futch; and her brother-in-law, Elven Mizell Jr.

A celebration of her life will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home in Bogalusa. Visitation began on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday, Aug. 12, beginning at 9 a.m., with services at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at Hillview Memorial Gardens in Bogalusa immediately after.

Pallbearers will be C.B. Williams, Cade Williams, Caleb Williams, Ronnie Mohr, Richard Kellar and Will Branch.

Donations can be made to Wings of The Spirit Missions, a nonprofit organization, 4875 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite D Baton Rouge, LA 70816, The organization is dear to the family and supports disaster relief and other faith-based, humanitarian efforts.