Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Julia Lentz Williams at Homer First Baptist Church, 406 West Main Street, Homer, LA on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM with Brother Brian Thurman officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington Cemetery in Homer, LA. The family will receive friends at the church from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
Julia was born March 9, 1931 in Tallulah, LA to Jeter Jordan Rice and Emma Lee Batchler. She went to meet her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 15, 2022 with her family by her side. Her faith and service to the Lord included teaching Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) groups and various church bible study classes. When she lived in Houston, she was a member of the Straight Path Sunday School class at Second Baptist Church. In Homer, she attended First Baptist Church of Homer.
Julia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics at LSU where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She met her first husband, Billy Joe Lentz, at LSU. They traveled with Bill's work and lived overseas with their three children. They shared 45 wonderful years together.
She loved to travel around the world. Some of the highlights of her travels included her trip to the Holy Land and being baptized in the Jordan River; taking her children and grandchildren back to Paris, France and Thessaloniki, Greece where her family had lived; and a trip to China with her daughter, Dottie.
In Homer, she belonged to the Athens Garden Club, Homer Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, and also served on the American Cancer Society Board.
After Bill\'s passing, she married her second husband, O'Banion Williams, Jr., in Houston. She was welcomed and loved by the Williams family. She cherished her time with O.B.'s children and grandchildren.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy Joe Lentz; and her second husband, O'Banion Williams, Jr.; her sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Clyde Guthrie; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Anna Rice; and her grandson, Patrick James Harris.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Bunol and husband, Noel of Ponchatoula, LA ; son James Lentz and wife, Debbie of Waterproof, LA; and daughter, Dottie Palmer and husband, Jim of Homer, LA; seven grandchildren, Sharon Frilot and husband, Clif; Lauren Olivier and husband, Beau; Julia Harris; Will Palmer and wife, Kendra; Stephanie Garcia and husband, Andy; Jordan Alcon and husband, Jair; and Jim Lentz; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers are Jair Alcon, Clifton Frilot, Andrew Garcia, Jim Lentz, Beau Olivier, Will Palmer, and honorary pallbearer, David Carpenter.
We offer a special thanks to her caregivers, Frances Lyons and Mary Jenkins, and her beautician, Gwen Cupid.
In lieu of flowers honoring Julia, her family suggests memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Homer, Arlington Cemetery or the charity of your choice.
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelations 21:4 (NIV version)
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