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On October 5, 1943, Alfretta Jean Bond was born to the late T. O. and Annie Maria Bond in St. Louis, MO. She was the third of four children born to this union, and their only daughter. Hence, she was quickly nicknamed “Sistah.” After her mother’s death, Alfretta was reared primarily by her uncle and aunt, John Phillip and Amanda (Polly) Calvert.
Growing up, Alfretta attended Christ Holiness Temple, United Holiness Church, under the leadership of Pastor Sallie Pride. She was the first baby girl born at Christ Holiness Temple. Alfretta accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and lived her life for Him. One of her cousins was recently reminiscing about how, as young children, they would “play church” and sometimes mimic how the church saints “shouted” during the services.
She was educated in the St. Louis Public School system, graduating from Samuel Cupples Elementary School and then attending everyone’s favorite, Charles Sumner High School, where she graduated in January 1962. While at Sumner, she was involved in Rhythm Club, Glee Club, and the choir. She remained in contact with several of her Sumner classmates, sometimes going on outings with them.
After high school she enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nurse Program through the St. Louis Board of Education and became an LPN, working as a research nurse at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Alfretta met Donald E. Williams, Sr., and became daddy to her son, David Puckett. To this union, Donald and Alfretta had two sons, Donald E. Williams, Jr., and Fred James Williams. Even though she was busy with her husband and her three sons, she continued her education at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park and became a Registered Nurse. She worked part-time as an RN as her primary focus was her family.
Alfretta enjoyed working in her yard. She loved flowers, watching them grow, nurturing and watering them, and enjoying God’s glorious creation. Cooking and baking were also favorite activities, and she was well-known for her peach cobblers and her culinary skills in general. We’re going to miss that cornbread dressing.
Alfretta was a faithful member of St. Louis Bible Way Church, where Dr. Patricia T. Whitelocke was the pastor. Her primary role was that of an intercessor. She also participated in the nursing home ministry. She loved the Lord. She would not hesitate to tell others about the goodness of the God she loved and served. No matter where she was, she would always share the love of God with others. Alfretta, Sistah, had a servant’s heart, never hesitating to share with others. She would often begin her day with a cup of coffee and reading His Word in front of her picture window, again, admiring God’s creation.
She departed this life on September 29, 2023, and is now rejoicing in the presence of her Heavenly Father. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, brothers, Willie T, Charles, and Lionel, Uncle John Phillip and Aunt Polly, and “little sisters” Phyllis Parks and Angela Calvert. Cherishing her memories are her precious sons, David Puckett, Donny Williams, Fred Williams; granddaughters, Marla Richardson, Jessica Puckett, Jelissa Puckett; “little brother,” Kenny (Bettie) Calvert; “little sister,” Wilma Calvert; goddaughter Alicia Mosley; brother-in-law Frank Kelly; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Floyd, and Annette Lewis; a special cousin Thuralese Wilson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.