Paul & Mary Williams Memorial Chapel

Paul & Mary Williams Memorial Chapel (HM17GT)

Location: Toccoa Falls, GA 30598 Stephens County
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N 34° 35.6', W 83° 21.483'

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Even today, the names of Paul & Mary Williams evoke loving memories of a couple who had a deep abiding commitment to Toccoa Falls College. They met shortly after enrolling as students but did not marry until after they had graduated and Mary had served a year as a missionary in Cuba. On April 29, 1928, the couple exchanged vows in a simple ceremony at Toccoa Falls. At the time, Paul did not believe God was calling them into full-time Christian service. They returned to Texas where he worked on his family's farm. Years later, he contacted Dr. Forrest asking if he and his family could return to the college. The answer was a resounding "yes!"

From 1947 until their deaths in 1977, "Uncle Paul" and "Aunt Mary" worked faithfully and tirelessly at Toccoa Falls College. Paul, who served on the college's Board of Trustees, was the manager of the school's farm and dairy; and Mary was director of the Christian Service. They earned the love and respect of the entire Toccoa Falls community. In the book, A Tree God Planted, Troy Damron wrote, "Eternity alone will reveal the measure of the contribution of this devoted couple. Many times when the school had a great need to meet pressing bills, Paul and Mary would make a contribution to meet the payments themselves. If the dairy needed new equipment or a load of feed, Paul would buy it." Both died the night of the flood in November 1977 and are buried in the campus cemetery.

This historical marker is placed in honor of the Centennial Celebration 1907-2007. Donated by W. Neal and Martha Williams, Paul M. and Jean Williams, and Beth W. Gessner.
HM NumberHM17GT
Year Placed2007
Placed ByW. Neal and Martha Williams, Paul M. and Jean Williams, and Beth W. Gessner
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 7:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 283743 N 3830474
Decimal Degrees34.59333333, -83.35805000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 35.6', W 83° 21.483'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 35' 36.00" N, 83° 21' 28.98" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-110 Bandy Dr, Toccoa Falls GA 30598, US
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