Jerry Lynn Williams
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 www.firehero.org
You may view and sign the guestbook at www.communitymemorialfh.com
Published by Abilene Reporter-News on Jul. 30, 2014.