LaFrances Williams Stephens


LaFrances Williams Stephens the daughter of the late Lewis Edward and Maud Randolph Williams transitioned on June 1, 2019. She joins her paternal grandmother Mrs. Jimmie Williams and maternal grandparents Perman and Alice Randolph Sr. and sisters Joan Dell Williams Flemming and Regina Williams Hudson.
Celebrating her life are husband Cornelius, daughters Marian, Bonita, and Canary, son-in-law David, grandchildren Crystal and Wylder, aunt Lucille, sister in law Ethel, God sons Edmund and Anthony, cousins, coworkers and friends.
LaFrances attended Bethune Cookman College now Bethune Cookman University Daytona Beach, Florida(Class of 1953), Tuskegee Institute now Tuskegee University Tuskegee, Alabama (Class of 1962), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. She was most proud of graduating from Douglass High School of Live Oak, Florida (Class of 1948) . While attending Bethune, LaFrances was the work study student of the late Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as a maid, cleaning campus guest houses for visiting dignitaries such as the former first lady of the United States of America Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Mrs. Stephens retired from the Suwannee County School System with 30 years of service as an educator. Mrs. Stephens was a member of many civic organizations during her youth, a trail blazer in her own right. Mrs. Stephens later years were spent as a resident of Suwannee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Live Oak.

Family and friends are asked to wear white at the Celebration of Life Service to be held at African Missionary Baptist Church, 509 Walker Ave., Live Oak, Florida. Rev. Alex Fountain, Pastor Minister Sandra Fountain, First Lady at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019. Services are being provided by Thomas Funeral Home.
Published on June 3, 2019
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CaTrena V. Francis
Jun 07, 2019
Mrs. Stephens taught my mother, brothers, sister and me. She was one amazing woman. She was smart, funny and straightforward. She exposed me to things I had not been exposed to including her beloved Bethune Cookman College. She loved herself some watermelons. I will forever appreciate her and admire her contributions to our community as well. I wish blessings to her family.
Lucy Roddenberry
Jun 03, 2019
I had the honor of meeting La Frances, while caring for her mother Maud at Suwannee Health Care Center. She was a very devoted daughter and always had a beautiful smile.