Herbert Eugene Williams, Sr. passed away after a long illness on February 2, 2013 at the age of 87. Born November 14, 1925 in Harlingen, Texas, to Claude Leonard Williams and Nellie Henderson Williams, Herb was the seventh of eight children. He always lived along the Gulf Coast, growing up in Port Isabel and graduating high school from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas in 1943. He had a lifelong love of the sea, enjoying fishing, swimming, and the beach. Unable to serve in World War II due to an eye injury, he served in the Merchant Marines, traveling to ports all over the world including Europe, South Africa and the Pacific.|
Returning from service, Herbert resided in Houston, TX. His first job was with National Cash Register, where he became an office manager. He joined A.V. Emmott and Sons, Bookbinders, with his father-in-law, A.V. Emmott and his brothers-in-law. Herb was a natural salesman with a friendly personality who never knew a stranger.
During his career, he was a member of the Craftsman Club, and was a founding member of the Printers Industries of America (Gulf Coast Region) becoming its president. He also was one of the founding members of the PIA Credit Union and Insurance Program. Herb was proud of being a 3rd generation Mason, and proud 60 year member of Holland Lodge #1. He achieved the level of 32nd degree Mason. He also belonged to Arabia Temple and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
He married Mildred M. Emmott on December 10, 1948. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, as well as by his four children and their spouses, Rosalind Anderson (Jim) of Houston, TX; Herb Williams, Jr. (Ellen) of Kerrville, TX; Madeline Davis (Steve) of Houston, TX; and Dr. Mark Williams (Lisa) of Longview, TX; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Katherene Losh, of Charlotte, North Carolina and one brother, James H. Williams, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A funeral service will be conducted at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001, Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77079, on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m., with the family receiving guests at 2:00 p.m.
Mildred Williams and the rest of the family wish to thank Herb's grandson and "buddy" for his patience, love, and support during the past four years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner Children's Burn Hospital in Galveston, TX or a
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 7, 2013