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Jewel Clinnette Anderson Williams

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Published: February 10, 2013

JEWEL CLINNETTE ANDERSON WILLIAMS, 87, of Little Rock, moved to her heavenly home on Monday, Feb. 4. Jewel was born June 22, 1925, in Little Rock to the late Clinton and Dovie McKindra Anderson. She was a devoted wife to the late W.C. Williams for 45 years. There was no biological children born to this union.

Jewel was christened at White Memorial Methodist Church in 1930, She became a member of Wesley United Methodist Church as a child and remained a faithful and devoted member until her death. Jewel's church service began at Wesley as a pianist for the Sunday School, later as an usher, and Administrative Council Chairperson and Lay Leader. Jewel was an active member of the local unit of the United Methodist Women, serving as vice president and subgroup leader. She held a position on the Little Rock Conference of United Methodist Women, which later became the Arkansas Conference and also served on the district level. Jewel was recognized for over 50 years of service to Wesley.

Jewel's educational journey began at the Saint Bartholomew Catholic School Kindergarten and later attended South End and Gibbs Elementary. After graduating from Dunbar High in the class of 1942 she enrolled in Philander Smith College and later transferred to Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. In 1947, she received her B.A. in Social Science, with a minor in Economics. Jewel furthered her studies at the University of Arkansas and special studies at the University of Michigan in Lansing; University of Oklahoma at Norman and Tulane University School of Social Work, in New Orleans, La.

Jewel held membership in numerous social, civic and religious organizations: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc; Theta Sigma Chapter; Order of Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliation; Adah Chapter #4; Sylvia Harris Order of the Golden Star, serving as the Guild, Past Grand Treasurer and Grand Trustee Emeritus. In 1997, Jewel retired as Grand Treasurer, O.E. S. Prince Hall Affiliation after 15 years of service. She was also a member of the planning of the 1997 Central High Celebration and the Unique Girls Social Club.

In May, 1941, Jewel's mother Dovie Anderson, organized the first Afro. American Girl Scout troop at Wesley Church. Becoming one of that organizations first members, Jewel later was one of the first inductees into the girl Scout Hall of Fame and served for over 60 years as a member and on the Ouachita Girl Scout council.

In her professional life, Jewel worked as church clerk at Wesley U.M.C.; records clerk at Philander Smith College; circulation clerk at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and taught in the Little Rock Public School for nine years.

She leaves to cherish her memory her chose daughter, Mattie L. Anderson of Memphis, Tenn., and Ruby Jean Jeffries of Little Rock; godson, Curtis Dion Ricks (Regina); grandson, Aaron DeShawn Lovelace (Tonya), great-grandchildren, Zoe Iman and Ethan Cole Lovelace; cousins and guardians, Cheryl Powell and Freeman McKindra (Wilma) all of Little rock, a host of cousins, other family and friends.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Wesley Chapel U.M.C. 1109 S. State St. Little Rock, family hour today from 5-7 p.m. at Dubisson Funeral Home.

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