GALLIPOLIS — John Woodrow Williams, 85, of Gallipolis, passed away peacefully on Sunday July 13, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
He was born Oct. 6, 1928, near Jeffersonville, Ohio. John was the son of Oyer and Rose (Haaga) Williams.
John is survived by his wife Reeda (Everhart) Williams, whom he married April 21, 1993.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Leslie Backus (David), of Delaware, Ohio; son John D. Williams (Teri), of Williamsport, Ohio; stepson Mark Everhart (Carla), of Boise Idaho; stepdaughter Lora Dunn (Joe), of Lawrenceville Ga.; two granddaughters, Jessica L. Williams (Chris Miller), of Grove City, Ohio, and Amy N Williams, of Williamsport; and two stepgrandchildren, Justin Everhart (Brittany), of West Milton, Ohio, and Jalaina Everhart, of Troy Ohio.
John was preceded in death by his daughter Lynn A Williams (Goff) 2006; and stepson David Everhart (2011).
John graduated from Atlanta High School in 1946 (Pickaway County) and served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating. Upon his return from his service, he operated a grain and livestock farm in Pickaway County, where he was living until his retirement in 1990 from Kenworth Truck Co. in Chillicothe. He relocated to Gallia County with his wife, Reeda, in 1993 to live on land which has remained in the family since being settled about 1815.
John was a member of Twin Rivers Kingdom Hall in Gallipolis and has many dear and cherished friends from his attendance there.
John enjoyed hunting with his English setter dogs and Browning guns. He restored and collected antique cars. He also enjoyed woodworking, and being in the woods to cut firewood. John also enjoyed raising a garden, making cider and wine, and grinding his own corn meal. His most beloved pastime was spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home with Roy Bickle officiating. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Thursday prior to the funeral.
Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.