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Robert D. Williams, Sr.
Robert D. "Bob" Williams, Sr., 83, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 20, at his residence.
Born November 17, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Wilford Otis and Esther Pfifer Williams Bouleware. As a child, he lived in the Levi Coffin House and years later served as President of the Levi Coffin House Association. He was a 1944 graduate of Fountain City High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on June 7, 1944. He was stationed in the Pacific Theatre for the duration of World War Two and participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He returned home with an honorable discharge in 1946 and married the former Phyllis McIntyre in 1947, raising 1 son and 3 daughters. He was a long time Marathon Oil distributor before retiring in 1990. His family was his top priority and he was a faithful member of the Northside Church of Christ in Richmond.
Mr. Williams will be missed by his wife, Phyllis Williams, Fountain City; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert D. "Bob" Jr. and Cathy Williams, Richmond; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Rev. Dr. Nancy and Harry Nelson, Richmond; Judi and Rev. Dick Smelser, Knoxville, Tennessee and Rev. Mary Ann and Gary Randolph, Anderson; 16 grandchildren, Carri Evans (Eric), Mike Arnett (Mary Beth), Melissa Smith, Amy Charles (Todd), April Bakken (Ryan), Kiersten Aubre-Howard (Denny), Sarah Plake, Rob Wood, Ryan Wood, Carol Crowe (Kevin), Richard Nelson (Carrie), April Smith (Bryan), Todd Smelser, Brendan Smelser, Brooke Randolph and Daniel Randolph; 26 great-grandchildren; his sister, Phyllis Kenworthy, Greenfield; his aunt, Betty Williams, Indianapolis, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles Williams.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Mary Ann Randolph and Rev. Dick Smelser at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 25, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Wayne County Honor Guard.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780.
My heartfelt prayers to you and your family in the loss of your grandfather. Keep the memories alive in your heart, and he will always be there with you.
Love and Friendship
Ellen Mabry Feb 25 2009 12:00 AM
My condolences to the entire Williams family. May God give comfort to you all.
Mr. Karry Keller Feb 24 2009 12:00 AM
We are praying for your family and loved ones during this time of grief and sadness. We wish we could be there to support you more right now. Please know you have our long-distance love.
Richard and Carrie Nelson Family Feb 24 2009 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Randy Brooks Feb 24 2009 12:00 AM
Sending you our condolences.
Pastor Mary Ann Randolph and family members.
Our hearts go out to you and the family. We pray that God will fill the void and the pain of grief that is in your hearts today with comfort. We will keep you in our prayer.
Alonza and Rev. Anita Jack of East Side Church of God
Mr. and Rev. Mrs. Alonza Jack Feb 23 2009 12:00 AM
To Mary Ann and Gary: You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have toured the Levi Coffin House. It represents a lot of history. I am glad that your Dad was so passionate to keep history alive.
Marilyn K. Guidry Feb 23 2009 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathies at the passing of Mr. Williams. His daughter, Mary Ann, my pastor and friend, is a wonderful testament to the kind of man he was. She is a woman of character, full of faith, and I know that she learned that from her daddy and her mom.
My prayers are with you and your family.
Julie Wood Feb 23 2009 12:00 AM
Nancy & Family,
I'm sorry to hear about your Dad
passing. God Bless you and your family.
Barbara (Rayborn) Wilson Feb 23 2009 12:00 AM
May our Heavenly Father provide for you in every way during this time is my prayer.
Susan Calderon Feb 23 2009 12:00 AM
Phyllis and family, my deepest sympathies. Fountain City just lost one of it's finest! I know that Bob and Dad are in a better place, probably solving the worlds problems.
Brent Hendrix Feb 22 2009 12:00 AM