Quinon Oneal "Q.D." Williams

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Quinon Oneal Q.D. Williams CROWELL-Quinon Oneal Q.D. Williams, 87, died on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Lubbock, Texas. Q.D. was born on Dec. 1, 1925, in Hamlin, Texas, son of the late Charles B. and Lola May Cantrell Williams of Rochester, Texas. He married Evelyn Joyce Jones on Nov. 3, 1947, at her parents' home in Truscott, Texas. Graveside services will take place on Friday, March 29, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Truscott Cemetery, Truscott, Texas, with Elder Tom Taylor of Crosbyton, Texas, officiating. Services are under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell, Texas. Q.D. was a longtime resident of Floydada, Texas, and a former resident of Knox County. As a young man, he worked for the Big 4, JY, Pitchfork and Matador Ranches. In 1944, he entered the Marines, serving in the 1st Battalion, 29th Marines, and 6th Marine Division as a Browning Automatic Rifleman. He served on Guadalcanal and was a part of the assault forces in the Battle of Okinawa, where he was wounded in action. In 1945, after an extended stay in the stateside hospital at McAlester, Okla., he was honorably discharged with the following awards: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Purple Heart; and Presidential Unit Citation. He became a pilot for the JY Ranch, flying a J3 Piper Cub. In 1953, he became foreman of the Montgomery Ranch (TM Bar) in Floyd and Crosby Counties. In the early 1960s, he and Joyce bought the headquarters of the TM Bar Ranch, with their home in Blanco Canyon. He was a conservationist. He participated in the reestablishment of Rio Grande turkeys in Blanco Canyon. By roping several deer, he and Dee Adams assisted the Texas Parks and Wildlife in relocating mule deer in Floyd County. He participated in a study concerning the effect of DDT on bald eagles' hatches. As an excellent marksman, he won the Caprock Peace Association Rattle Snake Roundup in the 1960s as a reserve game warden. He and his wife hosted the following archeological digs on their ranch: Texas Field School Dig; several Coronado excavations; and the 1871 Battle of Blanco Canyon. He was a member of the City Park Church of Christ of Floydada, Texas, for over 50 years. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Williams of Floydada, Texas; daughter, Nancy Farrington and husband, Mark, of Amarillo, Texas; two sons, James Williams and wife, Cyndi, of Lubbock, Texas, and Thomas Monte Williams and wife, Kellie, of Floydada, Texas; brother, Cliff Williams of Crowley, Texas; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Floydada Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 573, Floydada, TX 79235; The Children's Home of Lubbock, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, TX 79408; or your favorite charities. Visitation will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. today, March 28, 2013, at 905 West California, Floydada, Texas. Visitation following the graveside service will take place in Truscott Community Center, Truscott, Texas.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Mar. 28, 2013
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