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Kermit Elwood Williams

Mar 30, 1933 - Sep 18, 2019 (Age 86)

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Our deepest sympathy is extended to Wanda and all the family. Cherish all your memories. Love and prayers to each one. May God Bless.

Kermit was one of my favorite people and I will always treasure our trip with him and Wanda to Charleston. He will be missed. We love you all! Carmen Sumner and Catie Patton

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Its heartbreaking to lose a loved one. I hope you all are comforted by your special memories of Kermit. You are in my thoughts and my heart.

Sandra and family, know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending much love!

So sorry Wanda you and Hilda and family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wanda Hilda & Family I'm so sorry for your loss he was a great guy & boss "RIP Kermit" God be with you all

Sending our loving thoughts n prayers...Ronald n Talissa Lineberry

Obituaries

Kermit's Obituaries

Kermit Elwood Williams, 86, died peacefully at home on September 18, 2019, with family nearby. He loved the Lord and his family.

Left to cherish his memory are Wanda Ward Williams, his wife of 65 years, who was by his side in sickness and in health; his daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and David Skeens of Manassas, VA, Hilda and Eddie Anderson of Galax, VA and Sandra Williams of High Point, NC;  his grandsons, Chad Skeens of Mount Vernon, MD and Michael Anderson of Myrtle Beach, SC; his granddaughter & her husband, Jennifer and Tim Souther; his great-grandson, Seth Billings all of Harmony, NC, and a very special young friend of the family who always made him smile, Lydia Coleman.  Kermit is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan and Alma Williams, Marvin and Jane Williams, Wade and Carol Williams; his brother-in-law, Rupert Melton; sister-in-law, Clara Ward; and his uncle, Robert Carico, all of Galax, VA, his nieces and nephews, Regina Melton Clark, Jeannie Williams Foley, Kenneth Melton, Charles Williams, Chris Williams, Donald Williams, Tommy Williams, Greg Williams, Mark Williams and their families, many cousins and friends.   

Born on March 30, 1933, he was predeceased by his parents Roy and Carrie Williams, a brother & sister-in-law, Grady & Margaret Williams, his sister, Nell Melton, his brother-in-law, Ralph Ward, and his mother-in-law, Flora Ward. 

Kermit was born and married into a close family, both in terms of proximity as well as relationships. For most of their married life, Kermit and Wanda lived in their current home, originally constructed by Wanda’s father, Everett Ward, and shared by his wife Flora “Granny.” Next door was Kermit’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ralph and Clara Ward, their sons Edwin, Galax, VA; and Steve, McLean, VA, and one house over was his mother-in-law, Flora “Granny” Ward.

The adjacency of the households allowed all parents to work while Granny cared for the grandchildren, among many other tasks. The families grew up together, spent time together, had meals together, and developed traditions together that remain in place today bound tightly by deep affection.

In terms of his professional life, Kermit joined the Army a month before the Korean War ended and developed lifelong friendships with several other enlistees. Kermit spent most of his career with Coca-Cola, eventually becoming the manager of the Galax plant.  Among his friends were many relationships established through his work with the local plant.

Kermit enjoyed traveling, especially with his wife, Wanda.  Soon after his retirement, they traveled across the country. Their trips in more recent years have been closer to home, and Myrtle Beach was a favorite destination.  They enjoyed spending winters in Myrtle Beach where they could visit their grandson Michael. Kermit’s March birthday provided a great reason for his daughters and their families to travel to the beach to celebrate with him. 

Kermit also enjoyed a variety of sports and games.  Known for his competitive nature, he would say he did not want to play with anyone who was not playing to win.  There were times when his memory of game rules was not consistent with others’ recollections, and his family teased him that his memory often favored him.  He had a great sense of humor. During a golf outing, someone asked if his golf clubs were the brand Ben Hogan, and he was quick to respond, “No, they are Ben Franklin’s.”

Other memorable activities with groups of friends and family included card games, croquet and horseshoes; bowling with Wanda in the Wii league at the Galax Recreation Center, and walking at Felts Park. With a decline in his health and the necessary restriction in his activities, he remained active by walking at the Rec Center and playing card games--especially Canasta, a family favorite. 

Kermit was a member of Mt. Pisgah Church of Christ where a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  Visitation with the family will be begin at 12 noon followed by his service at 2 pm.  The family encourages attendees to bring a story or picture to share during this time. 

The family wishes to thank family and friends for their love, support, phone calls and visits, particularly as Kermit’s health declined and, especially, during the last week of his life.  Special recognition goes to Angela Bowman, Debra Felts and his wonderful primary care physician, Dr. David Dixon, who suggested and referred him to Mountain Valley Hospice.  They also want to thank Susan Cross, his primary Hospice nurse along with the additional nurses who visited as his situation changed over the last few weeks. It was a comfort to know they were just a phone call away anytime, day or night.     

If desired, the family requests that memorials in his name to Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mt. Airy, NC  27030; the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611, or to a charity of their choice. 

Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home is serving the Williams family.

 

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