Samuel Robert Williams, age 78, of Mount Vernon, Washington died on May 1, 2014. He was born in Camden, Arkansas on July 12, 1935, the son of Elijah and Nora (Howard) Williams.

He was raised in Camden, Arkansas with his brother Wesley Williams and sisters, Juanita Williams and Maureen Bell, all of who preceded him in death.

He attended kindergarten through high school in Camden where he was known by family and friends as SamBob. Sam has attended several of his school reunions which he and his wife, Jerry, enjoyed very much.

After high school he joined the United States Air Force. Sam met and married Jerry Lynn Rush in 1958 and together they raised their four children along with several dogs and cats.

Sam served in the Air Force for 20 years at various air force bases including one year in Vietnam. While in the Air Force he attended various colleges and retired in 1974. After retiring from the Air Force, Sam worked as a Quality Control Supervisor for Stearns-Rogers in several locations, including Kuparuk Project in Anacortes, Washington and Alaska. Sam worked for Boeing Aircraft Company as a Quality Control Inspector in Cheyenne, Wyoming then in Everett, Washington where he worked until 2000.

His retirement years were spent enjoying his family, golf, boating and touring the country in a motorhome.

Sam is survived by his wife Jerry and their four children Patricia (John) Nicole (David) Olson and Andrew Turner; Barbara, Tyler and Shealeigh Visten; Marge and (Dan) Root and their blended families of Stephen and Matthew Wold, Stephanie (Mitchell) Knight, Lacee, Lindsey, Mark and Kyle and Emmy Root; Michael (Judy) Williams, Randi (Jason) Cate and James Pressley, Traci Pressley died in 2005, Sam also has several great-grandchildren. Sam is also survived by his nephew Jody (Wanda) Williams of Camden, Arkansas and his niece Carolyn (OB) Johnston of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Public visitation hours were held on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 9:30am until 12:00 Noon. A funeral service followed at 1:00pm in the Kern Funeral Home Chapel. Final resting place was at Mount Vernon Cemetery with full military honors.

You may share your memories of Sam, and sign his online guest register at

Arrangements were under the care of Kern Funeral Home.

Funeral Home

Kern Funeral Home
1122 South 3rd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 336-2153

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from May 3 to May 7, 2014