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FLAT ROCK- Larry Dean Williams, 76, of Orchard Road passed away Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, at Hendersonville Health & Rehab surrounded by his family. He was a sixth-generation native of Henderson County, the only child of the late Glenn and Edith (Case) Williams. A graduate of Dana High School, he also attended Western Carolina University.
As a long-time apple grower, he served as President of the Western North Carolina Apple Growers Co-op, and on the board of the Carolina Apple Processors and the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project. After retirement he spent many hours volunteering at the Hendersonville Rescue Mission, First Baptist Church Special Needs class and served as President of the HHR Resident Council. Through the years he was also a church deacon and a lifelong student of the Bible.
The fruit he produced was of the highest quality and many family members and friends will remember him as the bringer of free apples from his orchard. His only expectation was a willing ear to listen to his extensive knowledge of local family genealogies, eager to connect people with their roots and his own.
Along with learning the value of hard work, his children grew up benefiting from his playful side, enjoying rounds of croquet in the backyard, basketball in the apple shed and bad weather days inside filled with card and board games. When farm work was caught up he also took time for family trips, swimming in the pond and going fishing, camping and hunting with his boys.
Those who knew him witnessed his consistent example of treating others with dignity and respect as he lived by the Golden Rule. In spite of his many physical infirmities, he remained positive and gracious. Hospital and long-term healthcare staff often commented on his politeness when making requests, his patience in waiting for care and his ability to smile through the pain. He developed close relationships with many who cared for him. The family extends a huge thanks to all of his special caregivers at HHR and Dr. Tom Eisenhauer and Pardee staff for all they did to meet his needs during his later years. Thanks also to the family and friends who were so faithful in visiting him.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 55 years, Loretta Garrett Williams, and his three sons and their families: Son, Evan, and wife, Fonda, their children Jessica Blackwell and husband, Johnnie; Ginger Sherwood and husband, Joel; Savanna; Austin; Nick; and Ethan. Son, Greg and wife, Susan, their children Glenn and wife, Crystal; Garrett and wife, Marlo; and Gatlin. Son, Mark and wife, Penny, their children Maranda; Bailey; MacKenna; and Ben. Also surviving are brother-in-law, Joe Garrett and wife, Simone, of Marietta, Georgia.
A celebration of life service will take place Saturday, August 2nd at 3:00 PM in the Chapel in The Pines of Jackson Funeral Service, with Pastor Wally Shamburger officiating. Following will be a private burial. The family will receive friends in the chapel two hours prior to the service, from 1:00-3:00 PM, and otherwise at the family home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Agricultural Mission Services (CAMS – Haiti), P.O. Box 111, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
Published in The Times-News on Aug. 1, 2014
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