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J.H. "Willie" Williams


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J.H. "Willie" Williams Obituary
It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the death of J.H. "Willie" Williams, age 86, who passed away on March 18, in Arlington. Willie's dream as a young boy was to one day make his home at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington which he fulfilled with joy and happiness for the last 10 months of his life.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge #571 in Sweetwater with Jimmy Emmons and Lewis Williams officiating.
The family will be receiving friends after the service at the home of Patricia and Chuck Browning, 501 East 3rd, Sweetwater, Texas.
He leaves behind his daughter, Linda Todd and husband Larry of Quitman; son, Roger Williams of Sweetwater; daughter, Patricia Browning and husband Chuck of Sweetwater; son, Clifford Williams of Sweetwater; daughter, Melonie Wilkinson and husband Randy of Hylton; son, Kenneth Williams and wife Susan of Austin; sister, Viola Bulin of Mansfield; and 16 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sammie in 2014; son, James Williams in 2015; daughter-in-law, Dindy Williams in 2000; his parents; and his brothers, Milford and Cecil Williams.
Willie was born in Grand Prairie, on April 28, 1929, the son of Lonnie and Lema "Streetman" Williams. In 1949, Willie married the love of his life, Sammie in Grand Prairie and was employed by BC Plumbing until 1954. Willie moved to Waco having his career in plumbing with Hill's Plumbing company and as an instructor for students in the Plumbing and Pipefitters program. In 1968, Willie became an instructor at TSTC in Waco, in the refrigeration and air conditioning program. In 1970, Willie transferred to the campus of TSTC in Sweetwater, continuing his career as an instructor until his retirement.
Willie enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, bird watching and cooking the "best steaks" on the grill for many family gatherings. He enjoyed reading his Texas Monthly and the Texas Highway magazine, novels and daily reading the Bible. An avid listener to music and a die hard Texas Rangers fan.
Willie was recognized as being a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #1257 and has been a Master Mason for more than 50 years. The year of 2008-2009, Willie was recognized with the distinguished service of Worshipful Master of the Sweetwater Lodge #571.
As his grandson Larry said, "We've experienced his heart full of love and acceptance, truly a life with unexplainable presence and he cherished relationships to the end." He will be missed and always remembered.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Willie's name to the Masonic Lodge #571.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Apr. 3, 2016
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