Donald Allison Williams, 76, of Salem, began his new life in Heaven on July 30, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Randolph E. Williams and Angelita Williams Jones, his brother, Randolph "Buddy" E. Williams Jr., and his grandsons, Donald Jacob Williams and Richard Seth Williams. He attended Virginia Tech and was a member of the Corp of Cadets, the Virginia Tech band, "Southern Colonels" and a cheerleader. He served six years with the USAF and flew in the F101 fighter plane. He received his law degree from St. Mary's University and practiced law for many years. He was called to the ministry and served as a Southern Baptist minister in North Carolina and Virginia.
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He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol Matthews Williams; his children and their spouses, Robert Todd Williams (Janet), Kelley Taylor Dillenberger (Mary Jane), Scott Matthew Williams (Angela), Allison Williams Jacobsen (Ken), Christopher Alan Williams (Carrie); 15 grandchildren; his brother and spouse, George W. Williams (Brenda); sister and spouse, Cynthia W. Phillips (John); sister-in-law, Betty H. Williams; sister-in-law, Kay M. Taney; mother-in-law, Evelyn K. Matthews; 10 nieces and nephews; four cousins; and his devoted dog "Monty".
The family will receive visitors at Lotz Funeral Home Salem, on Friday, August 2, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Lotz Salem Chapel.
The family would like to thank the hospice staff at Gentle Shepherd for all their care. We would like to extend our deepest thanks and love to Sunshine, Missy and Pam for the love they showed to Don. He truly lit up when you guys were with him.
Flowers will be accepted, but any donations given we ask that you donate to Gentle Shepherd Hospice or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Don Williams. You can go to the following link to donate: www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/donate. Online condolence may be sent by visiting www.lotzfuneralhome.com
Published in Roanoke Times from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013