Laverne Williams Pointer
On Saturday, July 22, 1939, Alonzo Williams and Odessa Allen gave birth to their baby girl, Laverne Williams. Laverne grew up in Bay City, Texas and was a proud graduate of A. G. Hilliard High School. Laverne was affectional called “Pepper” by her classmates.
Pepper was a member of Enterprise Missionary Baptist Church. Over the years
she served in several different areas of ministry. In later years she served with the Senior Saints Ministry. Pepper enjoyed reading the bible and going to church. One of her favorite scriptures was Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
Pepper accepted a position with Matagorda General Hospital working in the lab. She worked devotedly at the hospital for fifteen years. Following her stay with the hospital she accepted a position with the United States Postal Service. She broke historical barriers by becoming the first black female to work for the Bay City Post Office. What a great opportunity and responsibility. For over 30 years she served faithfully with the postal service.
On Monday, July 28, 1958 she married the love of her life, L. C. Pointer. Pepper really enjoyed spending time with her family. The family can still hear her saying some of her favorite sayings including, “Bless your heart”, and “Sugar Pudding”. What a blessing. God blessed her to have a large family including 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. It was such a joy to watch her with her off-springs. Wow, what a legacy!
Pepper enjoyed cooking and baking. Yes, she could cook! A good meal would often include, fried fish, chicken or BBQ, mustard greens, potatoes and we cannot forget the sweets. If not cooking you could find her outside relaxing while fishing, gone playing bingo, or serving others by volunteering. On days when she was not gone to the grocery store or out running other errands you could find her watching TV. Some of the TV shows she enjoyed included The Young & The Restless, The Bold & The Beautiful, The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, westerns, and cooking shows.
On Saturday, December 3, 2022 Pepper made the transitioned from labor to reward. There are so many precious memories that there’s no way we can recount them all. It goes without saying that she will be missed dearly. Those who will reflect on these and other precious memories include her daughters Ingrid (Douglas) Smith and Monica Pointer both of Bay City, TX; daughter-in-law Judy Pointer of Bay City, TX; stepsons Willie Haywood (Linda) Pointer of Farmerville, LA and Charles Kelly (Pamelia) Pointer of Houston, TX; stepdaughter Regina “Cherry” Perryman of San Antonio, TX; special friends, Carol Hemphill of Bay City, TX and Joyce Hardison of Beasley, TX, along with 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren as well as host of other loved ones.
There are several who have made the transition before her including her husband, L. C. Pointer, her children, Adam Pointer, Sr., L. C. Pointer, Jr., her step-sons, Lawrence J. Pointer and James Hardison, her sisters, Georgia Johnson and Alice Spiller, her brother Louis Williams, and her fury friend Couda.
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