Vernon Williams Sr.


Vernon Osment Williams, Sr., 80, of Cleveland, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas Williams and Orpha Mae (Osment) Williams; two sons: Jerry Lee and Cornell Williams; three brothers: James Lee Williams, John Stanley (Nancy) Williams, and Thurman Merrill Williams; five sisters: Nora Mae Williams, Lillian Ware, Alma Jo Williams,  Kathleen (George) Lodge, and Willie Carzelle (Harold) Brown; and one son-in-law, Curtis Pettaway II.

He served his country proudly in the United States Army and worked two decades at Magic Chef as a molder, before retiring at Olin/Arch Chemicals. He enjoyed composing scrapbooks from the Cleveland Daily Banner and donated most of those clippings to the Cleveland Museum.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Willa Dean Blair Williams; two sons: Vernon Jr. and Bill Williams (caregiver) all of Cleveland; two daughters: Evangelist Tona Williams of Cleveland, and Janet Pettaway of Murfreesboro; four grandsons: LeVar Williams, of Atlanta, Ga, minister Solomon Williams (Kyeshia) of Chattanooga, Curtis Pettaway III and Abdul Williams of Cleveland; one granddaughter, Shiesha Pettaway of Murfreesboro; nine great-grandchildren: LaKasha, Zadarius, Andrew, Bailee and Zoe Williams, Jairus, Xavier and Ja'Nyah Pettaway and Shyliah Jackson; one sister, Dana Hurst of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; one brother-in-law, Simon Ware; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends; as well as special friends: Dr. Cornell Lane, James Beck and Donnie Gill.

The funeral  will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Cleveland, with Evangelist Jeff Archey officiating, and minister Solomon Williams delivering the eulogy.

The family will receive friends 30 minutes before the service at the funeral home from 11 until 11:30 a.m.

Interment will be at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.  

Vernon Williams Sr. will lie in repose today,  from noon until 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

The family of Vernon Williams Sr.  thanks Dr. Daniel Vance, Stacey Rongey, Tennova Home Health, Dr. Tyler McCurry, Tennova Wound Center, Dr. Lenette Perra,  Chattanooga Hospice and Eastside Church of Christ and All Nations Church of God for their love and support.


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