Funeral services were held Friday, May 29, 2009, at 11 a.m. at West Central Church of Christ in St. Louis, with Bro. Gary Lodge officiating.
He was born in Marshall June 26, 1929, the son of the late Ulysses Jeff Williams and Julia (Holmes) Williams. He attended Lincoln High School in Saline County and was a graduate of C.C. Hubbard High School in Sedalia. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1989 with the 21st Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Because of his special training, he held four permanent badges: a Drill Sergeant badge, a Special Forces badge, an Airborne Ranger Badge and the Army Recruiter badge. He served Europe and in the Korean conflict during the last years of that war. He was awarded the Army Service Ribbon; Army Commendation Medal, with two oak leaf clusters; National Defense Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Parachutist Badge; Expert Marksmanship Badge Rifle, M-16; and Expert Marksmanship Badge Rifle, M-14. On June 30, 1989, he retired from the Army at Fort Dix, N.J., after 37 years of service. After his military service, he worked at Human Resource Management Center in St. Louis and later taught Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in a Chicago, Ill., area school. After returning to St. Louis, he taught Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Beaumont High School for one year. He and his wife, retired Master Sgt. Phyllis A. Williams, were married in Chicago. He attended West Central Church of Christ in St. Louis.
He is survived by two sons, Robert E. Harris and Don Wallace; three daughters, Jeri Williams, Cheryl Clark and Shelia Calmese-McAfee; one sister, Mary Banks; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Cecil L. Williams, and one sister, Leah French.