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Msgt. George H. Williams USAF retired, 84, of Panama City, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
He was born January 16, 1928 in Tallassee, Alabama to George Robert & Myrtice Williams. He served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. Upon his retirement, he went to technical college to hone his masonry and carpentry skills. He could build or make anything with wood and would let you know every time he saw the workmanship of another craftsman, "I can do that" and usually tell you he could do it better or tell you how they should have done it.
He lived his life selflessly, giving, doing, taking care of, providing for not only his family, but anyone who he came in contact with who needed help. He never met a stranger, always had a good story to tell and was always jovial and fun to be around. He was the best father, brother, friend, father-in-law, husband and grandfather anyone could ever have. Anyone who met him felt comfortable and enjoyed being around him. If you knew him, you were a better person for knowing him.
After retirement, he moved to Panama City to run Friendly Pawn Shop for his mother-in-law. After his many years in the Supply Division in the Air Force, he definitely had experience in wheeling and dealing and bargaining. Although the Pawn Shop name was Friendly before taking over, the name was a perfect description for him all the more making his career after retirement well suited to him. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Alabama Crimson Tide.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Bobbie Joyce Williams.
He leaves to cherish every memory of him, his son, Stanley Boyd Williams; daughter, Gina Granger; special friend and son-in-law, James Lee Granger; two grandsons, Jimmy Lee Granger, Michael Williams, all of Panama City; sister, Mary Bellary, of Tallassee, AL; brother and sister-in-law, Mack & Bobbie Williams of Eclectic, AL; numerous nieces and nephews; and his longtime companion, Wanda Jo Bailey. He loved his dog Bearsy and all of his other dogs before him. They were all a very important presence in his life to him. If you were a dog of George Williams, you were truly a "lucky dog." He enjoyed a cold Budweiser with peanuts, his friends and family and fishing in the ponds in Alabama.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 10 – 11 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Beach Retreat, P.O. BOX 19555, Panama City Beach, FL 32417 in memory of George Williams. His sense of humor and kindness will be remembered by all who knew him. We love you good daddy. Roll Tide!
Wilson Funeral Home
Family Owned Since 1911
214 Airport Road
Panama City, Fla.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Nov. 30, 2012