The Rev. Amos Polk Williams died Friday, but his legacy in Jackson will be remembered for years to come, said Janice Frailey, secretary at Second Missionary Baptist Church where Williams served as the pastor for 58 years.
“He was the city’s pastor. He was everybody’s pastor in Jackson. People knew him all over the city, all over the state, all over the nation,” Fairley said. “He always brought love and a smile.”
Williams, who was admitted to the hospital last week for pneumonia, was 90. Williams, also known as “A.P.,” retired as the church’s pastor in June.
“His lasting legacy, I believe, is that he loved everybody. He showed love to everyone, and that’s what he wanted to teach our church family,” said Williams’ daughter Annissa Sumner.
This weekend, the church is holding two ceremonies to honor the life of Williams and his service to the church.
The first begins with visitation at noon Friday and a 6 p.m. Victory Celebration Service featuring the Rev. Craig Tatum and the Rev. Dr. Clifton Rhodes Jr. Saturday’s service will begin at 11 a.m. and feature the Rev. Dr. Henry Fuller and the Rev. Dr. Lee A. Earl as the eulogist.
Fairley said Williams will be remembered throughout the community for his everlasting kindness and caring spirit.
After his retirement, Williams enjoyed watching Christian television shows and spending time with his family, Sumner said, adding that he was a big fan of the World Series.
Williams was married for nearly 48 years, Sumner said. His wife, Annie Pearl Williams, preceded him in death in 2000.
He is survived by his five children, Sumner, Amos Williams Jr., Kathy White, E. Darrell Edwards and Aaron Williams.
“He is going to be truly missed. I don’t think Jackson is really going to be the same without him,” Sumner said.