Greater Sixty Aid Baptist Church honored longtime member Willie W. Williams during a Dec. 27 service.

The Rev. James Barrett, church pastor, in a news release said Williams has been a member of the church for more than 50 years.

Williams, the son of Houston and Goldean Williams, was born Jan. 8, 1943. He graduated from McKinley High School in 1961 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing management from Southern University.

While at Southern, he was a member of the golf team.

He married Leontine Johnese in 1966, and they had three children. The couple have seven granddaughters.

He joined Sixty Aid Baptist Church in 1964 while the late Rev. W.M. Pitcher served as pastor. Williams joined the church’s Usher Board No. 2 and served there until Pitcher ordained him as a deacon. He served in that capacity until his work travel schedule prevented it, a news release from the church said.

Williams worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He was the first black postmaster in Port Allen, the release said. He retired in 1992 with 27 years of service.

He was the co-owner of two Subway sandwich shops with his daughter Stacy.

He began another phase in his life as the boys and girls golf coach at Southern University. Under his leadership, the women’s team won the conference championship in 2003 and 2004, and he was named SWAC Coach of the Year in 2004.

These days, he enjoys golfing with his granddaughters and reading, mostly the Bible.

“I like them (Bible scriptures) all,” Williams said.

From time to time, the church honors members for their service to the community and church, the release said.