WILLIAMSON, Barbara A. (Bryant)
Barbara Ann (Bryant) Williamson, age 84, passed away early Saturday morning, January 1, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Funeral services are pending with Harmon County Funeral Home of Hollis. Barbara Ann Bryant was born on September 12, 1926, in Gould, Oklahoma, to Oscar and Jessie Erla (Echols) Bryant. Barbara graduated from Hollis High School in the class of ‘45 and spent her freshman year at Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha, Oklahoma. She transferred to Oklahoma A & M and graduated from Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a bachelors degree in Vocational Home Economics. She played clarinet throughout her school years in Hollis and in college in marching band and several different concert bands and was a member of Glee Club. She participated in various activities during her college years, but was proud that she had lettered in archery. She was also proud to have had photography under the direction of Dr. Haskell Pruett who was a long-time friend and fellow Mangum High School graduate of her mother. Doc Pruett remained a close friend of the family throughout his lifetime. Barbara married Andrew Franklin Hardin on August 30, 1949, at the Methodist Church in Hollis. Eva Mae was a professional photographer and Barbara was happy that her sister was able to preserve many happy memories in film during her lifetime. Barbara later married Henry Arlon Williamson, Jr., in 1958. Barbara taught elementary and secondary school in both Texas and Oklahoma. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. During the early sixties, Barbara was co-organizer and co-leader of America Legion Auxiliary Juniors along with friend, Jill Smith. During the seventies and eighties Barbara worked for Harmon County Department of Social Services. She began there and worked with county residents to teach various uses of the commodities in their diet. Barbara was a member of the First United Methodist Church of many years. She was active in Sunday School and sang alto as a member of the choir. She was a long time member of the Hollis Riding Club, an activity that the family enjoyed. Another family activity was square dancing. She was also a long time member of American Legion Auxiliary along with her mom. Barbara also enjoyed fishing and china painting. She volunteered as a member of the Band Buddies for many years helping raise funds to buy instruments for HHS Band. Barbara donated to the Red Cross for many years and proudly displayed her 10 gallon donation certificate. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Jess Bryant, of Hollis, Oklahoma, her brother, Phillip Barclay Bryant of Houston, Texas, her sister Eva Mae Bryant Capone, of El Paso, Texas and her son-in-law, Gerald Perkins, of Pahrump, Nevada. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Pauline Bakkenist of Houston, Texas, cousin Mima Barrett, of Bryan, Texas, two daughters, Debra Lynn Hardin, of Pahrump, Nevada and Denise Latimer, of Severna Park, Maryland; four grandchildren, Aliceia Perkins, of Hollis, Michael Keith Latimer and wife, Amy of Eden, Maryland, Jeremy David Latimer of Seattle, Washington, and Christopher Neal Latimer and wife Emily Rose, of Norfolk, Virginia; three great grandchildren, Riley Brannan, of Hollis, Amanda Michele Latimer, and Katherine Elizabeth Latimer, of Eden, Maryland, along with Eva Mae’s son, Dino Bryant Capone, and Phil’s children, Cheryl Lavae Lancaster, Lynn Bryant, Phillip Barclay Bryant, Jr., and Scott Phillip Bryant along with their spouses and children and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Barbara Ann Williamson will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 9, 2011, at Harmon County Funeral Home Chapel. Private interment services will follow. Services are under the direction of Harmon County Funeral Home of Hollis with Bobby Whorton officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Hollis First United Methodist Church Choir Music Fund of your favorite charity in her name.