Families reunite at Montevista

By Terry Harpole For the WPT

Members of the Williams, Golden and Bailey families gathered at Montevista Baptist Church in Webster County for their annual reunion on May 5.

In a well-attended program, the family all gathered in the beautiful church fellowship hall for a time of good music consisting of country, bluegrass and bluegrass gospel, which the crowd enjoyed.

After the program of music, the family members, all broke for a delicious potluck lunch that would have really have fed an army.

They all visited as they ate and made plans for next year’s group meeting, which will be announced later.

This is an interesting group of people, as it had its start from the late Thomas Lafette Williams, who was probably born in Oktibbeha County and ended up in the Montevista community in Webster County near the Calhoun County line.

According to the family of Thomas L. Williams, he had no brothers and had three sisters.

Thomas L. Williams had 11 living children, and the only one living now is David Williams, a retired Army sergeant major who is now living in Alabama. The group presented him a gift.

Incidentally, David Williams’ son, Davey, is a retired eight-year military man, now working for the Army at Fort Benning, Ga., so it appears the Williams males were faithful to their country.