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L. Jerry Williams

Mason, TN

L. Jerry Williams, 86, retired farmer, landowner, and longtime resident of Mason, TN died January 12, 2017.

He was a graduate of Fayette County High School and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Running a family farming operation with his two sons consisting of 4,500 acres of cotton, corn, soybeans, and cattle, he was awarded the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Top Farmer Award in 1985. He served on the Board of Federal Land Bank for 15 years and as an Advisory Board member of Union Planters Bank, Staplcotn, Farm Bureau, and Mason Farm Services.

His hobbies included hunting and fishing. With his vision and love for the land and nature, he was appointed commissioner of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency by Speaker Jimmy Naifeh in 1995. In addition, he served as past President of the Covington Country Club. He was a member of Mason United Methodist Church, and served as Trustee and Treasurer.

He is survived by his wife, Nell Rhea Gray Williams; a son, Larry Williams; a sister, Mary Ann Russell (Glynn); and preceded in death by his son, John Tom Williams (Eva Dale Williams, of Mason, TN) and brother Jim Tom Williams. Grandchildren: John Bradley Williams (Kerry), Jennifer Williams Hull, Gregory Thomas Williams (Amy), Dr. John Barton Williams, Dr. Allen Riddick Williams (Lauren), and Lauren Rhea Williams Wall (Logan). Great-Grandchildren: Anna Claire Williams, Lexie Williams, John Oliver Wall, and Margaret Rhea Williams.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13 from 5-8PM at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home in Covington. Graveside services and interment will be on Saturday, January 14 at 11AM in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mason. The family asks that any memorials be made to the , PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or at

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 13, 2017
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