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Obituary: Frances Holloway Williams

Frances Holloway Williams died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Valley Ranch Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Hamburg, Arkansas to David B. Holloway and Annette Pryor Holloway. Frances attended Arkansas College in Batesville, Arkansas (now Lyon College) graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in languages.

She remained in Batesville after her marriage to the late Dr. Ernest Franklin Williams and maintained an active role at the College, as administrative assistant to the college librarian and subsequently alumni director and continuing education director.

She also served as a staff writer and page editor for the Batesville Daily Guard from 1980 to 1983. She served as member and chairperson for the Planning Commission of the City of Batesville and was a member of Governor David Pryor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education.

She loved music and the arts, particularly with regard to programs at the College. She was also an avid reader and participated in local book clubs and discussion groups.

She is survived by her two sons, Dr. Richard Franklin Williams and his wife Mary Ellen of Concord, North Carolina and Stephen Pryor Williams of Little Rock.

A memorial service will begin at 12:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in the Ellebracht Chapel at Lyon College under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with Rev. Leslie Roper officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Oaklawn Cemetery.

There will be a visitation from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday in the Bevens Music Room at Lyon College just prior to service.

Memorials can be made to Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas or to the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville.

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