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Billy Kenneth Williams


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Billy Kenneth Williams Obituary

Billy Kenneth Williams, a long time Yuba County resident, passed away on July 5, 2017. Ken was born in Lodi, CA, on December 19, 1923.

At the early age of 5, he moved with his family to Okemah, Oklahoma. He worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the Army in 1945 toward the end of WWII. His brother, George, was previously drafted and served in the European Theatre.

Ken stayed stateside where he completed basic training in Camp Polk, Louisiana, and was later stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco.

His job while serving in the Army was operating LCVP's. After Kenneth was discharged on the GI Bill, he briefly attended Oklahoma State University.

In 1953, he moved to Marysville, CA, with his brother, George, where they opened up a state of the art, Grade A Dairy that supplied milk for the Crystal Creamery Company.

In 1958, Ken met Dorothy Nix, of Grass Valley, CA, at the Yuba City Baptist Church. During choir practice, they struck up a friendship which led to a romance. They were married on June 30, 1960. They became charter members of the Evangelical Free Church of Yuba City. Ken was the worship leader at the Free Church and led singing there for 30 plus years.

In 1976, Ken sold the family dairy and raised beef cattle until retirement in 1986. He and Dorothy later moved to Tierra Buena and enjoyed retirement after selling the ranch.

Ken was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Williams. He is survived by his two sons; Keith Williams (Andrea) of Yuba City, CA, and Chris Williams (Eve) of Castaic, CA. He has seven grandchildren; Cody, Taylor, Brittanee, Kayla, Samantha, Adam, and Colton.

Ken was a wonderful, dedicated, family man who loved his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Church on Saturday, August 12th, 2017, at 11:00 am.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2017
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