Lucy “Nell” Bass was born to Pearl Evans Bass and Sam Bass in Fordyce, Arkansas, on August 9, 1922. As the baby of the family she had two older brothers, Sam and Doug, and was the apple of her father’s eye. Nell’s mother passed away in 1935 and when her father married Birdie Bass, she gained two sisters, Betty and Peggy. Nell graduated from high school in Hopeville, Arkansas.
She married Houston Philmore Williams, Sr,. on September 14, 1940. On December 15, 1943, their son, Houston Philmore “Phil” Williams, Jr., was born. The family moved to Mauriceville, Texas, to open Texla Lumber Company with the Williams brothers and their father Buck Williams.
Nell was a prayer warrior and prayed fervently for her family and friends. She studied His word daily and loved to listen to her favorite pastors on the television. Nell taught Sunday school First Baptist Church of Mauriceville for 50 years, teaching Sunbeams, GA’s, and the young married women. Nell was a devoted mother, wife, and homemaker. She was an accomplished artist and loved china painting and needle work. She and Houston loved to hunt, fish, and travel in their RV with family and friends. Following the death of her husband, Nell moved to the family ranch in Montell, Texas, to be close to Phil and his family. Nell taught the ladies’ Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Camp Wood and could usually be found in a rear pew on the piano side on Sunday mornings.
Nell was preceeded in death by her husband, Houston Williams; her mother, Pearl Bass; her father, Sam Bass, Sr.; her brothers, Sam and Doug Bass; and her nephew, Bernie Douglas Bass. She is survived by her son, Phil Williams and his wife Frances; her grandchildren, Shelli and (John) Carnes, Luci and (Greg) Harmon, Trey and (Becky) Williams; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Emily, and Zoe Carnes; Ashley, Wesley, and Jacob Harmon; and Landrie, Madison, and Houston Williams; her sister, Betty Tettleton; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends, and her beloved dog, Bitsy. Nell’s body will be laid to rest next to her loving husband of 57 years in Nacogdoches Sunset Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas; but her soul is dancing with Jesus.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Campwood Baptist Church. Interment will follow on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Nacogdoches Sunset Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Carnes, Greg Harmon, Travis Morgan, Houston Williams, Wesley Harmon and Jacob Harmon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Lockhart, James Linscomb, Milburn Wooldridge, Jerry Roolison and Richard Fairchild.
What a woman she was. There was not a day that I ever visited her that she did not make me feel so loved. I am so very blessed to have known her for the last 15 or so years.
Nikki MilliornCamp Wood, TX
Thoughts and prayers for the family! ❤️
Michael & Candyce ShipmamCampWood, TX
What a great Christian woman she was!!! We will miss her at church and prom season. Love y’all so much and pray for God’s comfort!!!
Billye SmithCamp Wood, TX
Mama Nell was a sweet Gracious lady that left such a example for us to follow!
She made us feel we were part of her family. We loved her very much and will miss her.
Jesse and Sally LockhartBarksdale, TX
You will be greatly missed everyday but I know your in the Lords arms,love until we meet again
Judy and Jerry RollisonCampWood, TX
She was one of the kindest, most gracious, interesting ladies I’ve ever known.
Sondra MaddenCamp Wood, TX