Charles Scott Williams
1952 - 2020
November 25, 1952
December 17, 2020

SCOTT WILLIAMS 68 of Anthem, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 17, 2020. He was born on November 25, 1952 in Zanesville, Ohio.

Scott attended Ridgewood Junior High and Ridgewood High School in West Lafayette, Ohio and graduated from Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. He completed his Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University and later graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master of Business Administration. Scott began his 41-year career with Peabody Energy in 1972 and worked until his retirement in 2013, finishing the last 21 years of his career in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Scott loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hiking, camping and mountain sports in Colorado as well as Flagstaff. Scott was also an avid hunter, spending time at his hunting cabin in Missouri. One of his biggest thrills was big game hunting in Africa. Scott also enjoyed the sport of golf. He grew up on a golf course in Ohio and was a local caddy. Scott was a member of the Aspen Valley Golf Course and the Anthem Golf and Country Club in Arizona. He enjoyed golfing with his wife, son, sons-in-law, and buddies.

Scott enjoyed traveling with his wife creating beautiful memories across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. Scott and Paula's favorite spots were hiking the coastline in Cinque Terre, the Alps in Switzerland, and the rolling hills of Ireland.

Scott had a full life and appreciated the long-standing friends and relationships he developed in both his work and recreational endeavors. You will be remembered, Scott, for taking pride in your family and always putting them first, your competitive nature, your sense of humor, your great taste of wine and bourbon, your generosity, and your undeniable love for your wife (& mac and cheese)!

Scott is preceded in death by his father, Howard Williams, and mother, Jacqueline Horn Williams. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Paula Merriott Williams, three children Erin Williams Barriger (Matt), Whitney Williams Vettraino (Tyler) and Wesley Williams (Carrie), eight grandchildren Westyn, Max, Vivian, Hayes, Lukas, Trevor, Rocco, and Harper, and three siblings Mark Williams, Sally Williams Sugg and Stacy Williams Britt.

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Published by Arizona Daily Sun on Dec. 27, 2020.
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I´m so sad to hear of Scott´s passing. I met him right out of college when I worked for Peabody Coal in the Denver office. I continued to work with him when I was employed by John T Boyd company and later by Salt River Project, basically my entire career. I appreciated his knowledge, his amicability even when we were on opposite sides of the negotiating table, and social interactions at RMCMI events. His family has my condolence and all my sympathy.
Marcie Greenberg
January 19, 2021
Paula, This is Michael at The Aspen Valley Grill. I am just now learning of Scott's passing. I am shocked and dismayed to hear this news. He will be missed around here. My heartfelt condolences and very best to you and your family.
Michael Levin
January 2, 2021
Paula and family, it was with great sadness that we learned of Scott's passing. Scott was quite a character who loved life, family, friends and the world around him. It was always great fun to be at parties with Scott and we enjoyed sharing world travel stories with you both. Sharing a bourbon or a glass of red with Scott was always fun and often ended up with a bit of a headache the next morning! I worked with and for Scott for many years at Peabody, both in Colorado and here in Arizona. The support from Scott in the latter years at the Kayenta Mine was very much appreciated. It is too early to leave us Scott - you will be greatly missed. God bless.
Vern and Trish Pfannenstiel
December 28, 2020
Scott, you will be greatly missed. Paula, our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God help ease your grief and fill you with the wonderful memories of your life together.
Tom and Ruth Spangler
December 27, 2020
Dear Paula .. I am sad and in such disbelief .I have great memories of Scotty , Mark and the Williams family. I live in West Lafayette, ohio and graduated from RHS in 1969. I agree to what Rhonda had to say...all the girls did take notice of the new handsome boys who came into town lol they were a great family ❤Sending my sympathy to you all. ❤May memories ease your sorrow.. and time bring you peace.
Diana Patterson Shivers
December 25, 2020
Paula this is Rhonda Howell I’m so sorry about Scott it was shocking. condolences to you and all of your family a big beautiful family in fact.
Many others are grieving his loss with you it was very hard to believe And incredibly sad.
When their family moved into town and those two handsome brothers started school believe me all the girls took notice.
We consider you part of our class so if you ever want to join us you’re always welcome!
Rhonda Howell
December 25, 2020
Our condolences to Paula and the entire family. I will always remember our "meetings" in Steamboat that involved one of Scott's favorite "firewater's" at one of the local establishments and our other "meetings" on the slopes. Not a lot accomplished but lots of fun with him. Scott had such a zest for life and lived it to it's fullest only matched for his love of family. Too young to go so soon. God's speed my friend.
Tony & Nancy Baca
December 24, 2020