He was a member of East Side church of Christ for more than 45 years.
He was retired from after 18 years of service.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean conflict and was also a member of the Tennessee National Guard.
He loved to make a garden and gave away many vegetables. He was the definition of “homebody.” He was never happier than when at home or at church.
He was the son of the late Elie Martin Williams and Lillie Viola Williams. He was also preceded in death by his grandfather, William Henry Green; grandmother, Mary Bell Green; brothers-in-law: Paul D. Odom and Patrick Pierce; and infant brother, John Henry Williams.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruby Poteet Williams, of Charleston; daughter and son-in-law, Judy Williams Nipper and Bob Nipper of Charleston; two grandchildren: Candace Hammond and husband, Adam, of Armuchee, Ga., and Nicole Cornett and husband, Steve, of Woodstock, Ga.; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters: Retha Odom of Cleveland and Mary Margaret Pierce of McDonald; four brothers: Jimmy Ray Williams and wife, Hilda, Earl Williams and wife, Gayle, James Kenneth Williams and wife, Linda, and Verlin Maxwell (Mack) Williams and wife, Joyce, all of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at East Side church of Christ with minister Jeff Archey, minister Bill Maynard and son-in-law Bob Nipper officiating.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and also from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church prior to the service.
The family suggests memorials be made to the East Side Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 1434, Cleveland TN 37364-1434.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Williams family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.