Deacon Williams’ life gave total witness to service

“Take My Hand, Precious Lord” was sung near the end of the funeral Mass Aug. 2 at St. Rita Church in New Orleans for Deacon Everett J. Williams, who died July 28 at age 82.

Deacon Williams, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana and a doctorate from Michigan State University, was a man dedicated to his Catholic faith and education. And, rarely did he say no.

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