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Larry Williams

veteranNov 18th, 1934 - Mar 11th, 2023

Celebration of Life Service:   1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Community of Christ Church in Flora

Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery in Xenia

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at Frank and Bright Funeral Home in Flora

 

      Larry Albert Williams, age 88, of Xenia, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Flora Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center with his family by his side.

      He was born on November 18, 1934, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Charles Norris Williams and Grace Rosalind (Muehlhausen) Williams. He was the oldest of three children, which included a sister, Sandra Elizabeth (Williams) Campbell (George) and a brother, Norman Earl “Butch” Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents and both of his siblings. 

      He was previously married in 1956, and had two daughters from that union. He later married Carole Sue (Hunt) Williams on February 21, 1969, and they shared 54 years of marriage together, living in Xenia their entire married life. 

      Surviving are his wife, Sue, his three children, DeEdra Lynn (Williams) Tuttle (Bob) of Llano, TX, Brett Anthony Williams of Loveland, CO, and Fran Elizabeth (Williams) Webb (Rodney) of Rockwall, TX, three grandchildren, Nick Williams, Lindsay (Williams) Arthur (Ryan) all of Colorado Springs, CO, and Gracy Webb of Waco, TX, two great-granddaughters, Harper and Scarlet Williams, his brother-in-law, George Campbell, and two nephews, Craig and Clayton Campbell, all of Ogden, UT, and several cousins.

      Larry graduated in 1952 from Flora Township High School. He worked locally on a construction project and the railroad prior to enlisting in the Army. He served his country from 1955-1957 and his military career included assignments at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Fort Sam Houston, TX. 

      Following his military service, he accepted a position with Dow Chemical - Industrial Division in Jefferson City, MO. He continued that employment through 1960 when he was hired in the IT Department working as a civilian employee for the Department of the Army at Fort Leonard Wood. He remained in this line of work until returning to Xenia in 1967.

      Upon his return to Xenia, he was hired on as a Transport Driver for Knapp Oil Co. prior to joining the family agri-business operation in 1972, which he later owned and operated, dba Williams Feed and Fertilizer for 20 plus years. This work included custom spreading of farming products, raising and selling of hogs and cattle, the sale of animal feeds, plus trucking and backhoe work. 

      After being self-employed in agri-business, he went to work for Southwire Inc. for approximately 11 years. Following his employment there, he was recruited to be a driver, delivering parts and products for Xenia Manufacturing Inc. This was his final employment for an additional 10 years, prior to retirement in 2011. 

      Larry was a quiet but active member in both his church and community. He was an ordained Deacon in the Community of Christ Church in Flora. In addition to the duties associated with being a Deacon, he also had served at one time as a youth leader. He served as a volunteer worker for the Flora Food Pantry as well as serving on the Village Board in Xenia from 2007-2012. Larry was also a member of the Flora Elks Lodge.  

      For enjoyment, Larry loved to fish and if anyone knew him well enough, he specifically loved to trout fish. He took up this hobby in 1978 when he started going to Montauk State Park in Salem, MO, the head waters of the Current River. He would come back with stories of camping in the park, eating and staying at the lodge, and being on the river when the whistle blew each morning for the start of fishing. Many trips were made to Montauk where he found peace and serenity on the river. He shared this passion with his children, grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Anyone he could get to listen to him go on about this wonderful place, was in for long conversations of a place that truly made him happy.

      Larry loved his family, his church, and his community. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed, but his spirit, humor, and personality will live on with all of us.

      A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Community of Christ Church in Flora. Interment will follow with full military honors at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Xenia. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, March 17, at Frank and Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Memorial donations are suggested for the Alzheimer's Association or the Clay County Cancer Crusaders and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit: www.frankandbright.com

 

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Clay Campbell

March 13th

Thank you Uncle Larry for the time you spent with me during my summer vacations in Xenia. Learning how to drive/steer an 18 wheeler, taking care of the pigs, and occasionally visiting Montauk on a trout fishing expedition were the highlights of my summer. I look back at pictures of the times we were able to spend Christmas together with great fondness. We will all miss you dearly. In the future, as you once advised, I'll be sure not to take any wooden nickels...

Mary Sefton Saras

March 13th

Sue and Brett, Sending my condolences and much love. Larry had a gift for brightening everyone else’s days with his humor and wit. I know he was a wonderful husband and father, as well. We will miss him. Thinking of you both and praying for comfort.

Chris, Shelli, Gracie, Mollie and Thomas Slifer

March 13th

Robin & Sharla Todd

March 13th

Sue sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Remembering all the times seeing both of you together and how you loved and cared for each other. Sharla and I are thinking of you.

Randy & Valerie Vincent

March 13th

So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. We’ll always remember his humor and friendliness any time we seen and talked with him.

Sharon Greenwood

March 13th

Sue, you have my sincere sympathy at this difficult time. May God give you comfort!

Steve and Janis Hubble

March 14th

Sue and Brett, We are truly sorry about your loss but we know that Larry is with the Lord now. We will remember his witty personality. He was always quick with a joke and left everyone laughing. To have had him in our lives was a blessing to us and my mom. Prayers for your comfort and peace...Much love

Paul & Jo Ann Rose

March 14th

So sorry Sue! Our thoughts, prayers and love surround you at this time.

Mike Janice Kyle Rennier

March 14th

Lisa Morkin-Davis

March 14th

I am so sorry for your families loss. He was a very nice man prayers for you all today and for days to come

Butch & Velma Akes

March 14th

Prayers and deepest sympathy to the families. Larry always asked Butch ready to go fishing? if it was evening time Larry would then say guess we better wait till daylight...always a jolly person.

Mike & Kayla Anderson

March 14th

Sad loss for the Family & friends. Larry always had a smile & short story for all that greeted him. Prayers to ease your loss.

Susan Erwin

March 14th

No one could tell a story like Larry! His sense of humor and kindness will be missed by all who knew him.

Judy (Simpson) Holroyd

March 14th

Sue and family so sorry for your loss.

Sandy Smith

March 14th

Sue and Brett, I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time.

Mark E. Henson

March 14th

Larry always had a smile and some good humor for laughter. He was helpful to others and was a very good man to have in your life. Thanks for being a good friend to me.

Betty Beckham

March 15th

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Boots Wagner

March 15th

Sue I am so sorry for your loss! Larry was always so nice and friendly and will always remember him and Butch and their Mom! My Thoughts and Prayers are with You🙏🏼❤️

Lynne & Fred Gocey

March 15th

Sue, sorry to read this but I know his health had been bad for some time. He is with the Lord. Hope you are doing ok. Hope to see you one day and have a nice visit. Prayers with you and family.

Steve and Linda Spicer

March 15th

Sue, we are so sorry for your loss. You were a great pair and you gave him such wonderful care. Thinking of you.

tammy and marvin haywood

March 15th

so sorry to hear of Larry's passing! it wasnt that long ago i introduced u both to marvin.... in walmart... hugs sweet lady, and family, your former neighbor, Tammy

Daphne Urbanski

March 16th

So sorry for your loss he was an amazing man Frank Really thought a lot of Larry my thoughts and prayers are with you all

Norma (Fatheree) and Ivan Barnett

March 19th

We were so sorry to hear about Larry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Sue and Brett.

 

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