Jerry Lynn Williams
Community Memorial Funeral Home
1443 North 2nd Street
Abilene, TX
Jerry Lynn Williams

Abilene, TX

Jerry Lynn Williams, 68, passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at his residence in Abilene, TX. Funeral services will be 2:00p.m., Friday, August 1, 2014 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church with Jeff Reid officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Community Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St.

Jerry was born July 27, 1945 in Hamilton County, TX. His parents were Eddie and Polly Irene (White) Williams of Hamilton. He was a Christian and a member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene and also a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club. He attended schools in the Hico school district and graduated from Abilene High School in 1964. After graduating, Jerry joined the military as a member of the National Guard. Upon an honorable discharge he returned to Abilene to pursue a career of being a fireman. He earned a Fire Science Degree from Cisco Junior College and began his career with the Abilene Fire Department where he remained for 25 years rising to the rank of District Chief.

Jerry's career in the fire department was his passion and his accomplishments were many. He was a mentor to many individuals seeking a fire fighting career and enjoyed helping people to accomplish their goals. He participated every summer at the Fire School at Texas A&M in College Station Texas as a teacher, instructor, and mentor.

Jerry's retirement from the Abilene Fire Department was not the end of his fire service career. He and his wife of 42 years, Louise moved to Southlake, TX where he was Chief of the Fire Department. Jerry later performed the duties of Fire Marshall for Comanche, Texas and Copperas Cove, Texas. In 2003, they moved to Leander, Texas and Jerry became the first paid Fire Chief of Leander and remained there until 2011, when he was awarded the title of Chief Emeritus. They moved back to Abilene and at the time of his death, Jerry was employed by the Texas Forrest Service as a Wildland/Urban Interface Specialist.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Louise; two sisters, Velda Blackburn of Goldthwaite, TX and Juan Jones and her husband, Richard of Baytown, Texas; a sister-in-law, Benetta Williams of Sweetwater, Texas; several nieces, nephews, and many special friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or you can make a donation at

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Published by Abilene Reporter-News on Jul. 30, 2014.
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Hello Louise,
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. We haven't been in contact but I fondly remember playing with Jerry and Connie at Hico as a child. Those were good times. Connie just told me about Jerry. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Ron Poff
Ronald Poff
August 13, 2014
There was NEVER a man who stood taller in both spirit and character than Jerry. The entire Pogue family have loved you both over many, many years. My father considered Jerry one of his dearest and most loyal friends. I know they are enjoying "catching up" with each other in Heaven. Our heartfelt prayers and love are sent to you now and always.
Sarah Pogue Beebe
August 6, 2014
Sorry for your loss.
August 3, 2014
Dear Louise,
We are so sorry for your loss. I still tell people about Jerry giving me my Texas pardon back in the 1980's. Although we have lost touch through the years, we think of you both often.
Gerald and Donna Middleton
Donna Middleton
August 3, 2014
we will miss you.our prayers for the family.
August 2, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Juan has spoken so fondly of him. I believe I got to meet you and him at Juan and Richards anniversary party. Will be praying for peace and comfort for you.

Mark and Celeste Vincelett (Rich's sister)
Celeste Vincelett
August 1, 2014
I will miss him greatly. I enjoyed having him as our first paid Fire Chief at Leander. I learned a lot working for Chief Williams . His character was honorable and humble. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family. My God embrace you and his love comfort you in this time of loss. Please know that your Leander family is here to support you.
Ron Holdren
July 30, 2014
So sorry to hear about Jerry, but we are thankful that we got to see you and Jerry a few weeks ago. we are praying for you in this difficult time.
Louan and Jack Flynt
July 30, 2014
We are very sorry to hear about Jerry, and we will be praying for you. we are also very thankful that we got to see you and Jerry a few weeks ago.
July 30, 2014

You are in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do for you, we are a phone call away.

Teresa & Ford Weicht
July 30, 2014
So sorry for your loss.
Working with Jerry for over 20 years and knowing him for over 40 years and having him as my DC for awhile, I learned to love and respect him greatly.
He will be missed by many.
John & Nan Bogart
July 30, 2014
We are so proud of the life you led, and the example you set. We love you and will miss you so much.
David, Tracey & Elaine Schneider
July 30, 2014
Mace Firth
July 30, 2014

I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you and the family.
Claudia Clinton
July 30, 2014
Louise, We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a good man & a great friend. We are sad that we are unable to attend the funeral, but our prayers are with you & family.
Lee & Peggy Swindle
July 30, 2014
Joe and Maryann Williams
July 30, 2014
Heather Firth
July 30, 2014
Joe Fox
July 30, 2014
Louise, My prayers will continue to be with you, your family including The Baileys. Jerry is a great man and I say "is" because he transferred a part of himself into each and every person he loved and mentored. I found comfort in know that without a shadow of a doubt I will see him again on the golden streets in the sweet by and by. I love you lady. You too my friend have impacted my life like few ever have. God Bless You and may He keep you close in your time of grief and beyond.
Cheryl Fitzsimmons
July 30, 2014
Louise, I do not even have words to express how sorry I am to hear of Jerry's passing. Over the 30+ years I've known Jerry, we've had great professional relationships as well as having been friends. If there is anything Dee Ann and I can do please do not hesitate to let us know.
Van & Dee Ann Ligon
July 30, 2014
Louise, I just heard about Jerry. Shared your sad news with Mother. She and I are so sorry for your loss.
Ruth Goodson
July 29, 2014
Louise, it is an honor to have known Jerry over the years. He was an inspiration and will be missed. Going to a conference and not seeing him will be so sad. If you ever need anything just call any of his brothers in the fire service. Praying for you and your family from all the firefighters in TrophyClub. Chief Thomas
Danny Thomas
July 29, 2014
Chief Williams and Louise were such an outstanding example for our department and our community. His passing saddens us all. Thank you for your service, Chief. Louise, thank you for loaning him to us so much.
Leander Professional Firefighters Association
July 29, 2014
My condolences to Louise and family. I worked with Jerry for many years and enjoyed his friendship. He was a good man and will be missed.
Debbie Haile
July 29, 2014
Louise, we are so very sorry to hear of Jerrys passing. Do not hesitate to call if we can help at all. Prayers and love to you.
Ken and LaRue Walker
July 29, 2014
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