WEST PITTSTON — On Dec. 28, 2013, after a courageous and pain-filled seven-year battle with cancer, Rex Raymond Williams, 48, of West Pittston, died peacefully in the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Unit at St. Luke's Villa in Wilkes-Barre.
Born on Dec. 17, 1965, to Alice and Lt. Tereld "Ty" Williams, USAF, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Rex's childhood was filled with travel. With his parents he lived in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, England and Germany. As an adult, he lived in Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and his favorite, New Orleans, La. (Go Saints!).
With a lifelong passion for animals, especially dogs, Rex was heavily involved in rescue operations for animals during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the South. Until recently, he was an integral part of the network transporting abandoned and abused animals to caring foster and forever homes throughout the eastern U.S. from Maine to Florida. A gregarious fellow by nature, "he never met a stranger" or a dog he didn't like. He especially enjoyed Rock Boat cruises and Mardi Gras with hundreds of his closest friends. In football his favorites were the New Orleans Saints and the Louisiana State University Tigers.
In his vocation he was an electrician and expert handyman. For many years he and his best friend/business partner, Jennifer Farwell, concentrated on remodeling/rehabilitating old homes and selling them.
Rex was predeceased by his mother, Alice; his brother Scott; his uncle Rex and his former stepmother, Helga.
Surviving Rex are his daughter, Amber, and son, Joshua. Also surviving are his parents, Ty and Sue. Sue has been Rex's devoted "Mom" for the last 28 years of his life, especially since his stage four diagnosis seven years ago. Other surviving relatives are his brother Mark; his aunt Nancy; his half-brothers, Melton Wilson, Paul and Lee Bulris; his half-sister, Terry Steele; stepbrother, Ken Williams; stepsisters, Beth Shutt and Daniela Vogel; and best friend, Jennifer Farwell, and their dogs, Petey and Lizzie.
As was his wish, Rex was cremated and his ashes will be spread into the Gulf of Mexico by his friends from the next Rock Boat cruise in 2014. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, West Pittston, at the convenience of the family.
Rex's family is especially grateful for the care, love and compassion shown to Rex and them by Jennifer, Dr. David Greenwald and his nurse Katie, case manager Donna Dulney, R.N., and her "army of nurses and caregivers" from the Hospice of the Sacred Heart and its hospice unit at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre.
Memorial donations in Rex's name may be sent to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 and/or the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Final arrangements have been entrusted to the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, West Pittston.