Julia Sensing Williams
Obituary and Tribute
|Julia Sensing Williams, the 94-year-old
matriarch of the Williams family that owns The Post-Intelligencer, died late Saturday
morning, June 7, 2008, at her home in Paris.
Shes survived by her husband, P-I Editor Emeritus W. Bryant Williams, whose 94th birthday will be June 30. Their 75th wedding anniversary would have been Sept. 25.
The funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Paris. The Revs. Bonnie Pettijohn and Douglas Scott will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation is planned 4-7 p.m. today at McEvoy Funeral Home and after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
The P-I office will be closed 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday for the funeral.
Born Oct. 2, 1913, in Paris, she was the 13th and last surviving child of the L&N Railroads chief dispatcher in Paris, James Daniel Sensing, and his wife, Cora Stovall Sensing, now both deceased.
Mrs. Williams started the long-time, semiweekly We Hear column in The P-I in the 1940s, later written by Joan Bell. During the years, she held down a variety of jobs at The P-I. They included running a job press, working as society editor and serving as vice president of Paris Publishing Co. Inc., the family corporation which publishes The P-I.
A 1931 graduate of Grove High School, she was the oldest member of First Presbyterian Church, a lifetime member of Presbyterian Women and a former Janusette Delphian. She was an avid golfer and bridge player.
Other survivors include a son, P-I Editor Emeritus Bill (Anne) Williams of Paris; four grandchildren, Cindy (Jim) Barnett of Murray, P-I Editor and Publisher Michael (Evonne) Williams of Paris, Julie (Doug) Ray of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joan (Scott) Stevens of Paris; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by five sisters, including Patye Tutt Aden and Dorothy Berry Hagaman; and seven brothers, including Arthur, Joe W. and Grover Sensing.
Sweet dreams, Mom, and
Reprinted from the Paris
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