Bill D. Williams

Bill D. Williams

Bill D. Williams

Bill Davis Williams was born in West Plains, Missouri, the son of Rolland Williams and Fae Davis Williams on November 19, 1933, and departed this life on October 20, 2018, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 84 years.

He was united in marriage to Carlene Young in Marshfield, Missouri, on May 29, 1955. They spent more than 60 devoted years as husband and wife.

He is survived by his wife, Carlene Williams of the home in Thayer, Missouri; one son, Mark Alan Williams and wife, Amy, of Bethesda, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Garrett Williams, attending Southern Methodist University and Brennen Williams, attending University of Pittsburgh; other relatives and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rolland and Fae Williams; and one daughter, Barbara Dea Williams.

Bill was a Christian and a long time member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church.
He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Missouri National Guard and a First Lieutenant of the United States Army, serving his country proudly for many years.

Mr. Williams was best known for being a newspaper editor, publishing the Thayer News for many years. He was also a past president of the Missouri Press Association.
Bill loved being a part of his community, serving in many different clubs and organizations. He was a long time member of the Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the American Legion Post 344, in Thayer and a Military Honors bugler. He was a member of the Thayer Housing Board and a Mason and member of the Clifton Lodge.

Bill’s favorite hobby was to “walk and talk.” He loved taking strolls all around town and would stop to talk to anyone he could. He was deeply devoted to his family and friends. Bill will truly be missed by his family, friends and the community in which he lived.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 11:00 AM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM until service time.

Interment will be held at Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., in Thayer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Gideon’s International or the charity of your choice.

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5 Responses to Bill D. Williams

  1. Doug and Tricia Crews says:

    We are counting our blessings to have shared many enjoyable times with Carlene and Bill. Sending sincere thoughts of comfort and peace to Carlene and family. Doug and Tricia

  2. Nancy Landes says:

    Our hearts was broken when we heard of Bill passing- I have wonderful memories of Bill taking Barbara Dea & I many places in his Volkswagen. When we wanted to go some place with a big smile on his face he would say “Girls hop in”. Those memories I will hold close to my heart. Carlene, Mark, Amy & boys, always remember Bill was a wonderful man & father. I know Barbara Dea was waiting for him in heaven- and they smiled.
    Much Love & Prayers
    Mary & Nancy Landes

  3. Dean Williams says:

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing. Our deepest sympathy to all the Williams family. This is such a difficult time for all of you. We have lost a friend and so much more.

  4. Don and Jeannie Warden says:

    We were so shocked to hear about Bill. We have spent some special and memorable times together and we will always treasure those memories. The Past President’s Dinner will not be the same without the two of you there.

    Our love and prayers go out to you, Carlene.

    Don and Jeannie Warden

  5. Alice Vandergriff says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Carlene and family, you are in my prayers.