Williams, Emeline R., d. 1913 - Williams, John Eustler, d. 2006


Williams, Emeline R. (Bailey) 13 Sep 1825 - 21 Jan 1913 CCR 31 Jan 1913 p1

[Note: Daughter of J. & Nancy (Rice) Bailey; married 30 Mar 1846 Robert H. Williams 19 Jan 1823 - 16 Mar 1882]

A Good Woman Gone

Mrs. Emaline R. Williams, aged 87 years, 4 months and 11 days died at Springfield, Mo. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. J. Gideon, on Friday, January 24, 1913, where she went to make her home over five years ago. Mrs. Williams was born in Tennessee where she was married to Robert H. Williams in March 39, 1846 and who died here in 1882. She with her husband moved to Springfield, Mo. early in 1851 where they resided a year or two, moving to this county and locating on a farm south of town where her husband died. After the death of her husband, Grandma Williams lived in Ozark until nearly six years ago when she went to Springfield to live with her daughters, Mrs. T. J. Gideon and Mrs. Blake Perry. Besides her two daughters she left surviving her three sons, William R., James M. and Lunsford B. Williams, all residing at the present time in Ozark. Grandma Williams was a devoted Christian and faithful member of the Methodist church for about 70 years and was a charter member of that Church organized here in 1854. She left surviving her  besides her children sixteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Two of the grandsons, two great grandsons and two grandsons-in-law acted in the capacity of pall bearers at the place of her death. Funeral services were conducted Saturday by Rev. Vanover in the Ozark Presbyterian church in a very able and impressive sermon and Grandma was laid to rest under a wilderness of flowers in the Odd Fellows Cemetery beside her husband Robert H. Williams who preceded her to the grave 31 years ago and where her son Quincy who passed away some ten years ago is at rest. The family have the sympathy of their many old friends in Ozark where Grandma Williams was so well known for so many years.


Williams, Emeline R.13 Sep 1825 - 21 Jan 1913 CCR 31 Jan 1913 p1

At the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. J. Gideon in Springfield, Friday, January 24, 1913 Mrs. Emeline R. Williams, aged 82 years, 4 months and 11 days. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in Ozark Saturday conducted by Rev. Vanover and the remains consigned to their last resting place in the I. O. O. F cemetery.


Williams, Erma Martha 1 Apr 1890 - 23 Jul 1985 OH 1 Aug 1985 p5

[Note: married Ira Williams]

Graveside services for Erma Martha Williams, 95, Springfield, were held July 24 in White Chapel Cemetery with Fred Patterson officiating. Burial was under the direction of Ayre-Goodwin Funeral Home. Mrs. Williams died July 23 in Hillhaven Convalescent Center after a long illness. A native of Nixa, she had lived in Springfield most of her life. Survivors include her husband, Ira.


Williams, Ernest Craig “Ernie” 4 Jun 1965 - 31 May 2007 SN-L 2 Jun 2007

[Note: Son of Charles & Shirley (  ) Williams; married 12 Apr 1997 Sheryl Lynn Taylor]

Ernest Craig "Ernie? Williams, age 41, of Battlefield, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2007. He was born June 4, 1965 , in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Charles and Shirley Williams. He served his country in the U.S. Army. On April 12, 1997, he and Sheryl Lynn Taylor were married. Ernie was a member of Nixa General Baptist Church and Henderson Lodge #477 AF & AM in Rogersville. He was employed as a delivery driver and safety trainer for Springfield Grocer Company. Ernie loved his family and spending time with them, and enjoyed his motorcycle. He is survived by: his wife, Sheryl; a daughter, Rebecca Williams, of the home; his mother, Shirley Brixey, Springfield; a brother, Ed Williams and wife, Sonja, Seymour; a sister, Sylvia McClellan and husband, Joe, Willow Springs; and several nieces and nephews. His father preceded him in death. A funeral and Masonic service will be 9 a.m. Monday in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Pastor Bob Comer officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Denlow Cemetery, Douglas County. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.


Williams, Esther Ethel (Gooding) 14 May 1914 - 28 Mar 2006 SN-L 29 Mar 2006

[Note: Daughter of Charles & Nellie (Baber) Gooding; married 20 Oct 1934 Raymond L. Williams]

Esther Ethel Williams, age 91, of Nixa, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at Magnolia Square in Springfield, where she had been a resident for the past three years. She was born May 14, 1914, in Cushing, Oklahoma, the daughter of Charles and Nellie (Baber) Gooding. On October 20, 1934, she and Raymond L. Williams were united in marriage. Mrs. Williams was a member of Seminole Baptist Temple. She loved her family and spending time with them, especially at the lake. She enjoyed crafts, painting, needlework, and traveling. Her husband, Ray, preceded her in death in 2001. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Larry Williams; two brothers, Glenn and Kenneth Gooding; and two sisters, Florence Gaither and Helen Martin. Survivors include: three sons and their wives, Deane and Barbara Williams, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Don and Mary Williams, Nixa, and Dave and Patsy Williams, Battlefield; nine grandchildren, Garry Williams, Dee Anna Williams, Scott Williams, Randy Williams, Jeanie O'Bryant, Janie Howard, Shaun Williams, Ray Wells Jr., and Julie Perciful; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irma Lee Snowden, Oklahoma City, and Imogene Ramsey, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; and a brother, Harold Gooding, West Yellowstone, Montana. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Pastor Mel Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Highlandville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Seminole Baptist Temple, 4221 South National Ave., Springfield, MO 65810.


Williams, Ethel Elizabeth (Moyer) 22 Dec 1895 - 18 Jul 1984 OH 26 Jul 1984 p13

[Note: Daughter of John Burr & Susan Marie (Siler) Moyer; married Harry Lee Williams 9 May 1898 - 20 Mar 1976]

Services for Ethel E. Williams, 88, Clever, were held July 21 in Clever First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Wakefield officiating, Burial was in Wise Hill Cemetery north of Clever under the direction of Meadors of Clever. Mrs. Williams died July 18 at Cox Medical Center in Springfield following a long illness. Contributions may be made to the Clever First Baptist Church. A longtime resident of the Clever community, she was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Clever Community Club. Survivors include two sons, Hal, Clever, and Dick, Willard; four daughters, Miss Billie Jane Williams, of the home, Mrs. Jonette Hill and Mrs. Peggy Hayes, both of Clever and Mrs. Dorothy Jean Raney of Rogersville; one sister, Pearl Harris, Iola, Kan.; 15 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.


Williams, Ethel Elizabeth (Moyer) 22 Dec 1895 - 18 Jul 1984

Note: This information came from her Funeral Card, not an obituary as such.

ETHEL E.  WILLIAMS Dec. 22, 1895 – July 18, 1984. SERVICES HELD Clever First Baptist Church    July 21, 1984 at 11:00 A.M.  OFFICIATING

Rev. Mark Wakefield. ESCORTS: Jody Hays, Tim Williams, Sam Wittmer, Ralph E. Hill, Tom Williams, and Charles Brown. HONORARY Ron DeLong, Joe Williams, Marty Lower, Mike Williams, Dan E. Hill, John Galloway. MUSIC Anna Lee Baker, Nadine Gold, Danny Casey, FINAL RESTING PLACE Wise Hill Cemetery . MEADORS FUNERAL HOMES. Contributed by Clever Older Adults Assoc. and Bea Gardner.


Williams, Ethyl Marie (Davis) 2 Feb 1941 - 22 Jan 2006 SN-L 23 Jan 2006

[Note: Daughter of Ivan Raymond & Sarah Marie (Gideon) Davis]

Ethyl Marie Williams, age 64, of Ozark, passed away on Sunday. A graveside funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Fairview Cemetery, south of Sparta, under the direction of Adams Funeral Home Ozark.


Williams, Ethyl Marie (Davis) 2 Feb 1941 - 22 Jan 2006

Ethyl Marie Williams, 64, of Ozark, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006. She was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Sparta, the daughter of Ivan Raymond and Sarah Marie (Gideon) Davis. She was a homemaker and a Christian, most recently attending Oldfield and Nixa Full Gospel Churches. Survivors include: Two daughters, Penny Stewart and husband Jimmie, Billings, and Peggy Howell, of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, Dusty, Cody, Cheri, Valerie, Lindsay, and Meagen; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Eddie Davis, Sparta; and a sister, Judy Pearcy, Sparta. A brother, Raymond Davis, a sister, Hazel Belson, and her parents preceded her in death. A graveside service was 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Fairview Cemetery.


Williams, Etta (Stiffler) 10 Feb 1893 - May 1971 CCR 27 May 1971 p8

[Note: Daughter of James Franklin & Lillie (West) Stiffler; married ? Williams]

Graveside services for Mrs. Etta Williams, 79, a former resident of Nixa, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph, MO. under the direction of Meierhoff-Fleeman Funeral Home of St. Joseph. Mrs. Williams died at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Presbyterian Manor, Kansas City, Kan, following a short illness. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Artie Masteller of Nixa.


Williams, Eugene Sheb 14 Feb 1956 - 29 May 1976  OH 3 Jun 1976 p1

Accident Claims Ozark Youth

A motorcycle-auto accident claimed one life last Saturday evening. 20-year-old Eugene Sheb Williams of Route one, Ozark, was killed instantly when his motorcycle, traveling south, apparently crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck head on. The accident happened at Junction 125 and T in Oldfield at 6:25 p.m. Williams was carrying a passenger.  Jay Nathan McHaffie, 19, also of Ozark, was taken to Cox Medical Center suffering from fractures of both legs and multiple lacerations. The pickup was driven by Alan Bilyeu, 54, of Chadwick. Bilyeu was not injured.


Williams, Eva Faye 22 Jun 1923 - 14 Dec 2002  CCH-N 18 Dec 2002

[Note: Daughter of Garrett & Linda (  ) Williams]

Eva Faye Williams was born June 22, 1923, in Douglas County, the daughter of Linda and Garrett Williams. She died Dec. 14, 2002, in Ozark Nursing and Care Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and sisters, and two children. Survivors include four sons, the Rev. John Hyde and wife Julie, Ozark, Roy Hyde and wife Sherrie, Independence, Ted Hyde, Strafford, and Ray Stapp and wife Vickie, Kimberling City; four daughters, Lillian Chaffin and husband John, Jasper, Sue Carroll and husband Kim, Mt. Home, Ark., Bodine Andrews, Springfield, and Karen Witt and husband Kenny, Bolivar; 26 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a brother Ray Williams and wife Mary, Seymour; several nieces, nephews and friends. The family wishes to thank Ozark Nursing and Care Center for their love, compassion and care of our Mother. Services were 2 p.m. Dec. 17, 2002, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with the Rev. Troy Hull officiating. Burial followed in Holland Cemetery. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 16, in the funeral home.


Williams, Florence died Apr 1932 CCR 7 Apr 1932 p5

[Note: married H. Z. Williams; no MO DC found]

Funeral services for Mrs. Florence Williams, formerly of Ozark and Springfield, who died Monday of last week at Jacksonville, Fla., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Syfan, were held last Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christ Church Episcopal in Springfield with the Rev. Francis W. Sherman officiating. Burial was made in the Eastlawn cemetery under the direction of the W.L. Stines funeral home. Mrs. Williams was the widow of H.Z. Williams, formerly of Ozark and later of Springfield, and who at one time was editor of the paper here at Ozark. The survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Syfan, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Mrs. C.H. Bass of Fort Smith, Ark., Mrs. P.S. Porter of Kansas City and Mrs. J.A. Robertson of Springfield.


Williams, Frances M. (Dalton) 1 Mar 1903 - 12 Sep 1979  OH 20 Sep 1979 p2

[Note: Daughter of James K. & Margaret M. (Brown) Dalton; married Wilson Williams 25 May 1897 - 27 Dec 1972]

Services for Mrs. Frances M. Williams, 76, Fordland, were held last Friday in the Marsh Chapel, Rogersville, with the Rev. E. W, Tatum officiating, Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery south of Fordland. Mrs. Williams died Sept. 12 in St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Bilyeu, Ozark; one brother, J. M. Dalton, Ozark; five sisters, Mrs. Lillie Quimby, Ozark, Mrs. Minnie Thaxton, Mrs. Pearl McMurry, Mrs. Ruby Swearengin, and Mrs. Bessie Swearengin, all of Fordland; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


Williams, Francis C. 14 Mar 1914 - 16 Dec 1988 OH 22 Dec 1988

[Note: married Joy]

Francis C. Williams, 74, of Springfield, formerly of Clever, died Dec. 16 at St. John's Regional Health Center following a long illness. Services for Mr. Williams were held Dec. 19 at the Clever Christian Church with the Revs. Lynn Swadley, Jr. and Bill Malotte officiating. Burial was in Patterson Cemetery, near Nixa. Mr. Williams was a floor covering installer and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Nixa Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Joy; a son, Ritch Savin Williams, Ithaca, New York; a daughter, Pat Thompson, Springfield; two. brothers, Cecil and Eugene, both of Clever; two sisters, Elly Little; Clever, and Louise Packard, Coffeyville, Kansas; and a grandchild, Carrie Thompson.


Williams, Francis C. 14 Mar 1914 - 16 Dec 1988

Funeral Card:  FRANCIS C. WILLIAMS March 14, 1914-Dec.16, 1988 SERVICES HELD: Clever First Christian Church December 19, 1988, at 1:30 P.M. OFFICIATING Rev Lynn Swadley, Jr., Rev. Bill Malotte ESCORTS Bud Lehman, Ken Tuttle, Shelby Hill, J.B. McCrosky, Kenneth Young, Howard Gunnett MUSIC Elaine Jennings FINAL RESTING PLACE Patterson Cemetery MEADORS FUNERAL HOMES, Clever, Mo. Contributed by Clever Older Adults Assoc. and Bea Gardner.


Williams, Francis “Frank“ (Smith) 1867 - 30 May 1928 CCR 7 Jun 1928 p1 & CCR 14 Jun 1928

[Note: Daughter of  John H. & Parmelia (Harper) Smith; married 4 Jan 1885 James M. Williams]

The death of Mrs. J. M. Williams of Highlandville hill, wife of J. M. Williams, city alderman, occurred at their home last Wednesday, May 30th, after a lingering illness. She was 61 years old and is survived by her husband and one daughter, Maxine, besides two sisters, Mrs. Sam Jones of Oklahoma, Mrs. Wesley Weatherman of Oklahoma and two brothers, Lon and Eck Smith. The funeral services were held Friday, June 1st, from the Ozark Baptist church with Rev. J. J. Parten of Rogersville officiating, burial taking place in the city cemetery under the direction of T. B. Chaffin.


Williams, George Amos O. 1911 - 23 Jan 1944 CCR 27 Jan 1944 p1

[Note: Son of George & ? (?) Williams; married Williamie]

George A.O. Williams, 34, former resident of the Billings and Nixa communities, was instantly killed Jan. 23 at Oakland, Calif., when he was struck by a passenger bus while crossing an Oakland street. He was employed by the Kaiser Shipyards at Oakland. Word of the tragedy was received by his sister, Mrs. H.V. Burt of Nixa. The body is being shipped to Nixa, where it will lie in state in the home of Mrs. Burt, later to be taken to Billings for burial in Garoutte Cemetery under direction of the Wallace Funeral Home. Although definite word has not been received, it is thought the body will arrive Saturday. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as possible. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Willamie Williams; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Burt of Nixa and Mrs. Vergie Blades of Ash Grove; and one brother, Lynn Williams, also of Ash Grove.


Williams, George F. 10 Dec 1919 - 13 May 1997  CCH-N 31 May 1997

[Note: Son of Robert Ernest & Lillie M. (Eutsler) Williams; married Barbara Leah Foster 5 Dec 1918 - 18 Aug 2001]

George F. Williams, died May 13, 1997, at Redmond, Washington. George was born in Ozark, December 10, 1919, to Ernest and Lillie (Eutsler) Williams. He spent many years in Kansas City, Kansas. Preceding him in death were sisters, Austa Curbow and Agnes Schiffbauer, and a brother, Gene Williams. Surviving is a brother, John Williams, Ozark, and a sister, Ann McLean of Hemet, California. George’s immediate surviving family members are his wife, Barbara (Foster) Williams, Redmond, Washington; and daughters, Dixie Williams, High Ridge, Missouri and Betty Carpenter, Kirkland, Washington. He also had many nieces, nephews, and their children in the Ozark area. Cremation was May 13, 1997.


Williams, George F. 10 Dec 1919 - 13 May 1997  CCH-N 30 May 2001

A memorial service was held on May 19. 2001, at Weaver Cemetery in Ozark for George F. Williams. Williams died May 13, 1997, in Washington state. Persons attending were: John Williams, brother, of Ozark; Ann McLean, sister, and husband Jack of Hemet, Calif.; Pat and Ron McMillan of Wyandotte, Okla.; Judy Williams, Marilyn Shipman, Jacqueline Ross and John R. Williams of Ozark; Sue and Dean Partin of Lenexa, Kans.; and Dixie Williams, daughter, of High Ridge, Mo. Ron McMillian officiated the service.


Williams, Hal Dean “Peewee” 6 Aug 1925 - 25 Nov 2002 SN-L 27 Nov 2002

[Note: Son of Lee & Ethel (Moyer) Williams; married Jean Marie Bennett]

Hal “Peewee” Williams, 77, Clever, departed this life November 25, 2002. He was born August 6, 1925, the son of Lee and Ethel (Moyer) Williams. He was united in marriage to Jean Marie Bennett on December 22, 1944. Hal was a WWII Navy veteran, serving on U.S.S. Abner Read. One of his greatest pleasures was attending the Abner Read survivor’s annual reunions. He also enjoyed his early morning coffee shop group down at “the corner.” Hal was an unforgettable character, always ready with a comeback. He made a lot of faces light up with a smile. He was a life member of VFW Post #4593, a member of Vietnam Memorial American Legion Post #639, and a member of the U.S.S. Abner Read Association DD-526. Hal was very proud of his country and always had the Stars and Stripes flying high. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Billie; and a brother, Richard “Dick.” He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jean, Clever; daughters, Rebecca Price, Colorado, and Patty (Ron) Delong, Marionville; sons, Tommy (Genia), Battlefield, Tim, Boaz, and Joe (Pam), Boaz; his sisters, Joette Hill and Peggy (Bud) Hays, Clever, and Dorothy Jean (Roger) Rainey, Rogersville; a sister-in-law, Muriel “Jerry” Williams, Springfield; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. According to Hal’s wishes, his body will be cremated and no services will be held. Cremation under direction of Meadors Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kitchen, 1630 N. Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65803. Springfield News-Leader November 27, 2002.


Williams, Harry Joe 27 Aug 1914 - Aug 2004 SN-L 24 Aug 2004

[Note: Son of Percy H. & Orpha B. (Truax) Williams; married Kate d 11 Sep 2002]

Harry (Joe) Williams, 89, of Springfield, passed to his eternal reward at the Baptist Home in Ozark at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The son of Percy H. and Orpha B. (Truax) Williams, he was born August 27, 1914, in Harrison, Ark. He was a 58 year member of Temple Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon, Sunday school teacher, chairman of the new sanctuary building committee, on the finance committee, and was active in the Brotherhood and Keenagers. He enjoyed meals at the Southside Senior Center. Prior to his retirement he was a building contractor and a 60+ year member of Local Carpenters Union. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kate, on September 11, 2002; his parents; one sister; and two brothers. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Doris (D.J.) and Geral Malotte, of Grain Valley, Mo.; two sons and their spouses, Charley and Dana Williams, Ozark, and Harold and Jimmie Williams, Springfield; two brothers, Lloyd Henry Williams and Gene Williams, both of Springfield; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grand-children. Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2004, in Temple Baptist Church with Revs. Guy Lawyer and Michael Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery. Visitation is this evening, August 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Greenlawn South, 441 W. Battlefield, who is in charge of arrangements. The family expresses its genuine appreciation and thanks to the staff of the Baptist Home and Christian Health Care Hospice. Memorials are suggested to Temple Baptist Church.


Williams, Henry O. 29 Mar 1885 - Jul 1968

[Note: married Sadie M.]

Henry O. Williams, 83, Clever, died in his home at 8:45 a.m. today after suffering an apparent heart attack.  A retired farmer, Mr. Williams was a member of the Restored Church of Christ.  He is survived by his wife, Sadie M.; three sons, Francis, Billings, and Eugene and Cecil, both of Clever; two daughters, Mrs. Leola Rhoden, Abilene, Kan., and Mrs. Luella Little, Clever; three brothers, Orin and Charles, both of West Plains, and Frank, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and two sisters, Mrs. Zelma Barker, Caldwell, Ida., and Mrs. Mary Foskett, North Platte, Neb.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Cantrell Chapel here with Elder James Savage officiating.  Burial will be in Patterson Cemetery north of Nixa.

Note: This clipping from the collection of Lula (Rogers) Gardner has a handwritten date of 1 July 1968 in the margin.


Williams, Henry O. 29 Mar 1885 - 1 Jul 1968  CCR 4 Jul 1968 p8

Henry O. Williams, 83, Clever, died in his home at 8:45 a.m. Monday after suffering an apparent heart attack. A retired farmer, Mr. Williams was a member of the Restored Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Sadie M.; three sons, Francis, Billings, and Eugene and Cecil, both of Clever; two daughters, Mrs. Leola Rhoden, Abilene, Kan. and Mrs. Luella Little, Clever; three brothers, Orin and Charles, both of West Plains, and Frank, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and two sisters, Mrs. Zelma Barker, Caldwell, Ida. and Mrs. Mary Foskett, North Platt, Neb. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Cantrell Chapel with Elder James Savage officiating. Burial will be in Patterson Cemetery north of Nixa.


Williams, Howard 1936 - 1 Apr 1987 OH 9 Apr 1987 pB4

[Note: Son of Ellie & Veldenia (  ) Williams; married Delilah]

Services for Howard Williams, 50, Springfield, were held April 3 in Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, with the Rev. Charles Gross officiating. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery, south of Fordland. Mr. Williams died April 1 in Cox Medical Center North, Springfield, following a long illness. A retired service station owner and an Army veteran of the Korean conflict, he was past president of the Greene County Coon Hunters Association, Survivors include his wife, Delilah; a son, Gary, Shreveport, La.; his parents, Ellie and Veldenia Williams of Rogersville; a brother, Leroy, Harrison, Ark.; five sisters, Ruby Erwin and Jodina Campbell, both of Springfield. Alice WIlson, Nevada, June Solomon, Chadwick, and Lisa Williams, Rogersville and two grandchildren.


Williams, Howard Eugene 25 Apr 1957 - 26 Apr 1957  CCR 2 May 1957 p 3

[Note: Son of Norman Eugene & Bobbie Lee (Watkins) Williams]

Graveside services for Howard Eugene Williams, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Eugene Willians were held April 28 at Union Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Bill Broadhurst officiating. Burial was under direction of the Chaffin Funeral Home of Ozark.


Williams, Icie Marie (Adams) Loomis 1904 - 3 Mar 1972 CCR 9 Mar 1972 p4 & OH 9 Mar 1972 p6

[Note: married 5 Aug 1963 James Arthur Loomis 2 Mar 1896 - 9 Feb 1972; married ? Williams]

Funeral services for Mrs. Icie M. Williams, 67, of Oldfield, were at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Pentecostal Church in Chadwick with the Rev. James Applegate officiating. Burial was in Mills Cemetery under direction of Harris of Ozark. Mrs. Williams died at 9 a.m. Friday in Mercy Villa. She had been a resident of the Chadwick and Oldfield communities most of her life. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Mound Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Goin, Oldfield; two sons, James Elmer Williams, of Springfield and Billy Lee Williams, of Oldfield; two brothers, I. W. Adams, Springfield and Raymond E. Adams, Klamath Falls, Ore.; three sisters, Mrs. Virginia Horner, Ava., Mrs. Ollie Anderson, Springfield, and Mrs. Ina Boston, Bradleyville, Iowa; and nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


Williams, Infant Jan 1928 - Jan 1928 CCR 26 Jan 1928 p1

[Note: Infant of Jesse & ? (  ) Williams; no MO DC found; no legible tombstone]

The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Williams was buried in the Tory cemetery last Wednesday.


Williams, James David 21 Jul 1879 - 1 Nov 1953 BT 5 Nov 1953

[Note: Son of Bryant & Sarah E. (Pallette) Williams; married Cora Evaline Smart 23 Oct 1881 - 16 Apr 1970]

Funeral services for James D. Williams, 74, a retired carpenter and life long resident of Billings who died Monday night at his home there following a lengthy illness, were held Wednesday afternoon at the Billings Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Luther Nelson, pastor there. Burial was in Wise Hill Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Billings. He is survived by his wife, Cora E. Williams; two daughters, Mrs. Alline Dreier of Billings and Mrs. Lucille Shelton of Ozark; three sons, the Rev. Warren Williams of Owensville, Roy Williams of Billings and Harold Williams of Orlando, Fla; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Burkey and Mrs. Louise Burkey of Billings and Mrs. Earl  Selby of Springfield and three brothers, Will Williams of Ozark, Oscar Williams of Neosho and Telly Williams of Billings


Williams, James Elmer 15 Feb 1881 - 30 Sep 1930 CCR 9 Oct 1930 p1

[Note: Son of James Monroe & Matilda (Hendricks) Williams: married 21 Jan 1906 Alice Daugherty 19 Mar 1884 - 20 Jan 1959]

James Elmer Williams was born Feb. 15, 1882, and passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1930, shortly before the noon hour after a long illness of several weeks. He was the son of Monroe and Matilda Williams and lived his entire life on the farm where he was born, which was 48 years, 7 months and 15 days. He was married to Alice Daughtery, Jan. 21, 1906. Besides the wife, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Leona Daughtery of Ozark, and Mrs. Laura Blevins of Sparta; three aunts, three uncles and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He made his confession of faith and was baptized just four days before death came. He was a man of his word. He builded his life upon the principles of truthfulness, honesty and friendship. He was a kind friend, a good neighbor, and a loving husband. The funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1930, at 2 p.m. at the Pembina cemetery with Rev. L.O. Sanderson, pastor of the National Avenue Church of Christ of Springfield, officiating with burial under the direction of the Klepper Undertaking Company of Ozark.


Williams, James Eugene "Gene" 20 Jun 1913 - 10 Aug 1989  OH 3 Aug 1989 & NN-E 10 Aug 1989

[Note: Son of Robert Ernest & Lillie M. (Eutsler) Williams; married Maxine Bishop]

James E. "Gene" Williams, 76, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, formerly of Ozark, died Aug. 3 following a long illness. Services for Mr. Williams were held Aug. 5 with his nephew, Rev. Ron McMillan officiating. Burial was in Eastlawn Cemetery, Tulsa. Mr. Williams was born in Ozark June 20, 1913, to Lillie and Ernest Williams. He worked for the Christian County Republican newspaper from 1930, for the Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas during the war years, then returned to Ozark and managed the Jeff Black Printing Company and the local theater. In 1950, he returned to Boeing, followed by several years as maintenance supervisor of Wesley Hospital in Wichita. Upon his retirement, he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Williams was a member of the Wichita Riverside Christian Church, of Masonic Lodge #99, and was a Charter Member of the York Lodge #057. Surviving are his wife, Maxine (Bishop) Williams; two daughters, Barbara Owens, Radford, Virginia and Beverly Fry, Winslow, Washington; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, John E. of Ozark, and George of Kansas City, Kansas; and two sisters, Agnes Schiffbauer, Wyandotte, Oklahoma, and Anna Jane McLean, Hemet, California.


Williams, James Harry 8 Apr 1915 - 5 Jul 1999  CCH-N 14 Jul 1999

[Note: Son of Theodore E. & Mary Dallys (Green) Williams; married 21 Jan 1940 Wanda Burdett]

James "Harry" Williams, 84, Ava, MO., passed away at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 5, 1999, in Blue Springs, MO. Harry was born in West Plains, on April 8, 1915, to Theodore E. and Mary Dallys Green Williams. On January 21, 1940, he was united in marriage to Wanda (Burdett) Williams in Douglas County. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service after more than forty-one devoted years. He proudly served his country during World War II as an Army Staff Sergeant. Harry was recognized with numerous awards for his many years of volunteer service. He delivered "Meals on Wheels" to the homebound and was the 1998 recipient of the John Dickerson award. He was honored with the Silver Beaver award by the Boy Scouts of America and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the Ava United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School and was a licensed minister of his denomination. He was a choir member for over twenty years and served as Sunday School Superintendent and member of the official board of his church. Harry served as a member of the Ava Board of Education, member of Ava Lions Club, and Ava Recreation Association. He holds the Future Farmers of America's honorary medal and was a member of the American Legion and Letter Carriers Organization. Harry was especially known for his kindness and wonderful smile. Harry is survived by his loving wife, Wanda of the home, one son and his wife, Jim and Debbie Williams, Blue Springs, MO; three grandchildren, Brendan, Meghan, and Heather Williams; three sister-in-laws, Frieda Hesterlee, Lee Summit, MO; Gwen Harley, and Willamae Ball, both of Dallas Texas, one nephew and his wife, Neil and Linda Whittle, Flint, Texas; and a host of friends. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, July 9. 1999. in the Ava United Methodist Church, Ava, under the direction of Mease-Barnes Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial followed in the Ava Cemetery. No formal visitation was planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Ava United Methodist Church, Ava, MO.


Williams, James Harvey 1 Nov 1887 - 15 Jan 1940 CCR 18 Jan 1940 p4

[Note: Son of Lewis & Mary (Goodnight) Williams; married 10 Jun 1910 Hattie Epps]

James Harvey Williams was born Nov. 1, 1887, near Arden, Mo., and departed this life Jan. 15, 1940, at the home in Sparta. He was 52 years, two months and 15 days old. He was united in marriage to Hattie Epps June 10, 1910. To this union were born nine children, three preceded him in death, leaving to mourn his departure his wife and six children. Mrs. Eula Shipman of Ozark, Mrs. Carrie Gilmore of Rogersville, Mo., Bill, Agnes, Dorothy, and Betty Joe, all at home and three grandchildren, four brothers, John of Wichita, Kans., Bill and Charley, both of Springfield, Mo., and Elbert of Rockport, Mo., four sisters, Lula Holt of Burlington Junction, Mo., Mollie Peck and Della Winslow of Cocoran, Calif., and Maggie Lawrence of Keltner and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the home in Sparta at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, with Rev. Caughron of Ozark officiating and burial in the White Oak cemetery under direction of the Chaffin Funeral Home of Ozark.


Williams, James J. 22 Feb 1850 - 29 Nov 1926 CCR 9 Dec 1926 p1

[Note: Son of Joseph Mack & Cynthia Dixon (Wise) Williams; married Martha J. Nichols 13 Dec 1860 - 7 Mar 1936]

Life Story of James J. Williams

Reads Like a Chapter of Romance in the History of This Country

To have been born on the anniversary of the birthday of the Father of his country was the first romantic touch in the life of James J. Williams, later of this county, who was buried last week. He was born in Bedford, Tennessee on February 22d, 1850 and while yet a child came with his parents to the state of Missouri. The farm on which his father located was where the Battle of Wilson’s Creek was fought during the Civil War. The father was away to war and the mother remained on the farm with her family. They were told that there was to be a battle fought on their farm, but before they could vacate, the battle had started and the Williams farm house was turned into a temporary hospital for the wounded. He was but a boy, yet he remembered well through his life many of the terrible incidents of the Battle of Wilson Creek and often entertained his friends and family by telling to them incidents of that battle. When his father returned from the army practically everything they had had been swept away with the tides of warfare, and the family had to start all over again. It was at this age that he asked his father for an education and the father, willing to give his son all the advantages possible gave him a horse and he rode to Mountain Home, Arkansas. Here he sold the horse and paid his tuition, making other arrangements to work his way through school. After his school work at Mountain Home, he road to Springfield on a load of cotton. From Springfield, he returned to his home near Billings on the first train that moved into Christian county. He then walked to his home from Billings. He taught school a few terms, later entering college at Marionville, Missouri. After his marriage, he continued to teach school until about 1883 when he began to work in a drug store. It was not long, because of his studious nature until he was a registered pharmacist. He then soon had a drug store of his own and remained in that business for 43 years preceding his death. In early manhood, he ran for county treasurer of Christian county but was defeated in the primary. Later, however, he was placed on the Republican ticket to fill the unexpired term of J. J. Brown, presiding judge of the county court. He was then elected and made his first trip to Ozark via Springfield to serve on the court. As the train crossed the county line into Christian county, papers were served on him for the Bal Knob debt against the county, which ran into thousands of dollars. He served as presiding judge for 22 years, and during that time the debt was paid and a court house was built. The court retain 10 percent of the revenue and ran the county on 4o percent. It worked so well that the county got the idea of building a new courthouse which was done on practically the same plan. After a short retirement from public life, he ran for city collector and was elected. He served in this capacity until he decided to move to Clever, a town built near where he had spent his boyhood days. There can be no doubt but that such a life of public service is bound to have its reward. He, who has so served the people with whom he lived, has written his name into the life of the community in such a way that his memory will live for years and the influence of his life will radiate for generations yet to be born. It was on November 29th that he eventful life ended at his home near Clever. Death probably was hastened by some unpleasant happenings which often creep into the lives of public officials, even though they are innocent victims. He was a member of the Friend Lodge of Freemasons and this organization had charge of his last services. He leaves in his immediate family to mourn his loss the wife and four children, one son having preceded him in death. The living children are Mrs. Bertha Aven of Fair Play, Dr. Perry Williams of Clever, Lonnie Williams of Kansas city and Ernest Williams of Ozark.


Williams, James Martin Mar 1854 - 24 May 1935 CCR 30 May 1935 p1

[Note: Son of Robert H. & Emmaline “Emma” (Bailey) Williams; married 21 Dec 1884 Lillie A. Farris Oct 1869 - ?]

One time prominent Ozark merchant and political leader dies Friday, May 24. Once Appointed Circuit Clerk and served city as Police Judge and Township as Justice of the Peace. J.M. Williams, aged 81 years, passed away Friday, May 24. He had been in failing health for more than a year and has been under the constant care of friends. Mr. Williams was at one time a hardware merchant in Ozark and in an early day followed the trade of carriage and buggy painter. He was also prominent in Democratic political circles in an early day, having been appointed to the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court. We are informed that he also served as clerk of the school board and at one time was seriously mentioned and considered as a candidate for Congress. He had during the recent years served the City of Ozark as Police Judge and also served several terms as Justice of the Peace of Finley township. He was born in Christian County and lived in or around Ozark all his life. He is survived by one son, Harry Williams of Ontario, California; two daughters, Miss Tulie Williams of Kansas City and Mrs. Grace Duncan of Many, Louisiana, and one sister, Mrs. Mann Perry of Columbia. The daughter from Kansas City attended the funeral services which were conducted Sunday, May 26, in the Chaffin Funeral Home with Rev. Ross Carter officiating. Burial was made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Williams, James Robert 22 Sep 1875 - 1 Mar 1917 CCR 9 Mar 1917

[Note: Son of T. J. & Marvalla  (Stricker ) Williams - mother‘s first name hard to read]

Mr. J. R. Williams was born September 22, 1875 in Ozark, Mo. He departed this life March 1st, 1917 in Ozark at 10:30 p.m. aged 41 years 5 months, 7 days. He was never married and has made his home with his uncle, L. R. Williams for 24 years. He is survived by a father, T. J. Williams of Stockton, California; two brothers, eight half brothers and one sister. Had been a real brother to his uncle’s children all these years. He obeyed the gospel and united with the Christian church in 1907 during Brother Gaylor’s meeting here. His health had been bad for several years, especially the last two years and was not able to attend church services,. His funeral services were conducted by the writer at Christian church Friday, March 2 at 3:30  and his remains. [rest of newspaper account too dim to read]


Williams, James S. 15 Jul 1902 - 17 May 1981 OH 28 May 1981 p9

[Note: married Rose]

Services for James S. Williams, 78, Route 2, Billings, were held May 20 at Greenlawn Battlefield South with the Rev. Earl Smith officiating. Burial was in Springfield National Cemetery. Mr. Williams died May 17 in St. John’s Regional Health Center after a short illness. Mr. Williams was a retired welder, a carpenter and was a veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife Rose, a son, Haskell, Tucson, Ariz.; a brother, Charley, Mountain View; a sister, Mrs. Annabelle Sanders, Kanawa, Okla; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


Williams, Jay C. 10 Jun 1927 - 29 Nov 2004 SN-L 1 Dec 2004

Mr. Jay C. Williams, age 77, of Nixa, Mo., a retired steel manufacturing plant employee, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, in Cox Walnut Lawn, Springfield. Services are 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, in Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with burial in Ava Cemetery. Visitation is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.


Williams, Jean Marie “Bunny” (Bennett) 14 Nov 1926 - 23 Dec 2005 SN-L 25 Dec 2005

[Note: Daughter of Claude & Viva Leola (Wells) Bennett; married 22 Dec 1944 Hal "Peewee" Williams]

Jean Marie "Bunny" Williams, 79, Clever, departed this life December 23,2005. She was born November 14, 1926, the daughter of Claude and Viva Leola (Wells) Bennett. She was united in marriage to Hal "Peewee" Williams on December 22, 1944. Jean graduated from Republic High School and retired from Hagle Garment Factory. She was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Clever. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Harold "Unc" Bennett and Jay Bennett; a sister, Margie; a son, John Mark; and stepmother, Ann Bennett. She is survived by daughters, Rebecca Price, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Patty (Ron) DeLong, Marionville; sons, Tommy (Genia) Battlefield, Tim (Denise) Boaz, and Joe (Pam) Boaz; sisters, Ella Mae Norwood, Texas, and Marion McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters-in-law, Ila Bennett and Shirley Bennett, both of Republic; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; one step grandchild; a lifelong friend, Wanda Pearce; and numerous other relatives and friends. According to Jean's wishes, her body will be cremated and a private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Kitchen, in care of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic.


Williams, Jeanette Faye 5 Jul 1923 - 12 May 2002  CCH-N 22 May 2002

[Note: married Rollin E. Williams]

Jeanette Faye Williams, 78, Ozark, passed away May 12, 2002, in the home of her daughter. She was born July 5, 1923, in Ohio. She lived most of her life in Branson before retiring to Florida. She returned to this area a year ago. She had been a real estate broker and along with her husband, owned and operated a furniture store in Branson. Her husband, Rollin E. Williams, preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Abercrombie; brothers; and sisters. Survivors include three daughters, Gladys Vaught, Branson, Shirley Brown and husband, Tim, Ozark and Judy Doucette, Naples, Fla.; a son-in-law, Bill Abercrombie, Naples, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Craig and Scott Doucette, Stan Nelson, Kim Euliss, Angela, Julie and Matt Abercrombie, and Justin, Cassie and Shane Brown; three great-grandchildren, Layton Euliss, Keylee Paige and Chandler Brown; and two sisters, Louise Thompson and Ida Reid, both of Ohio. Funeral services were May 16, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Rev. Bill Brown officiating. Burial followed in Selmore Cemetery, Ozark.


Williams, Jimpsie 1895 - 15 Oct 1918 CCR 18 Oct 1918

[Note: Daughter of James M. & Lillie (Farris) Williams]

Miss Jimpsie Williams, aged about 22 years, daughter of J. M. Williams of Ozark, died at her home in Springfield Tuesday and the remains brought to Ozark for interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Funeral services were held at the Cemetery Thursday, conducted by Rev. Glanville.


Williams, Joan (Wampler) 6 Aug 1931 - 18 Nov 2008 SN-L 20 Nov 2008

[Note: Daughter of Harold & Mabel (Collier) Wampler, Sr.; married 30 Sep 1949 Elton Williams]

Joan (Wampler) Williams, of St. James, formerly of Rolla, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2008, in the Boone County Hospital in Columbia at the age of 77. She was born in Clever, Missouri, on August 6, 1931, to the late Harold Wampler Sr. and Mabel (Collier) Wampler. On September 30, 1949, she married Elton Williams who preceded her in death in August of 1988. Joan worked many years as a cashier at the Kroger Grocery Store in Rolla. She attended the First United Methodist Church in Rolla. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Sidney Wampler. She will be greatly missed by her surviving family which includes three children, Kathryn Williams, of Jefferson City, Terry Williams and wife Opal, of St. James, and Joyce Williams, of Columbia; three brothers, David Wampler, of Springfield, Mo., Harold Wampler Jr., of Clever, Mo., and Jerry Wampler, of Nixa, Mo.; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many dear friends. A funeral service for Joan Williams will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2008, in the Null & Son Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 21, in the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. All arrangements are under the direction of the Null & Son Funeral Home in Rolla.


Williams, John 1877 - 25 Jan 1949  CCR 24 Feb 1949

[Note: Son of Thomas & Caledonia (  ) Williams]

Friends and relatives have received word of the death of John Williams, 73, on Jan. 25, at the home of a brother in Boise, ID. Mr. Williams was a native of the Spokane community and resided in that vicinity until 1919 when he located to Middleton, ID. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Callie Houston of Caldwell, ID; and two brothers, Tom of Bosie and Delbert of Joplin, MO.


Williams, John A. 18 Nov 1820 - 4 Mar 1901 CCR 7 Mar 1901

[Note: married Rebecca J. Chestnut 27 Feb 1835- 7 Apr 1911 married first ? Alexander; no legible tombstone in Ozark Cemetery; 1900 census says John & Rebecca has been married 44 years, but 1860 census says had wife Parlina 30 and sons James W. 16, Thomas J. 11 and Leonadus one month, suggesting possibly two wives.]

Card of Thanks

We desire to return our thanks to the many kind friends for the kind attention and assistance during the illness, death and burial of our beloved husband and father.   Mrs. Jno. A. Williams, Lon R. Williams


Williams, John A. 18 Nov 1820 - 4 Mar 1901 CCR 7 Mar 1901

Died, at his home in this city, John A. Williams, Monday, March 4th at 6 o’clock a.m., aged 80 years, 2 months and 17 days, of old age, passing away as a weary child going to sleep. John A. William (Uncle John, as everyone in this county called him) was born in Logan county, Ky. Nov. 18th, 1820. He came to Missouri in 1852, living near Springfield for about two years, then moving to this place, which was then and for some time after, Greene county, and resided here until his death. He leaves a widow, three sons, Lon R. of Ozark, Thomas J. of Sapulpa, Ind Ter. and  Walter of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a step daughter, Mrs. Dr. Collins of Highlandville. He was one of eleven children, seven boys and four girls, four of whom survive him - H. F. Williams of Springfield, Mrs. Mahala Robertson of Greene County who were present at his funeral, and Mrs. Lizzie Campberry of Tenn. and Georgia Williams of Eastland county, Tex. Uncle John was one of our oldest citizens, one of the pioneers who helped to make this section a fit habitation for humanity. He held the office of prosecuting attorney by appointment, also the office of probate judge. He was an honest man, one of God’s plain people, universally respected and beloved. He was one of the charter members of Finley Lodge, No. 206, I. O. O. F. and one of the prime movers in securing for them their beautiful cemetery south of town but had let his membership lapse several years ago, Funeral services were held at the residence, conducted by Prof. D. W. Bird, after which the remains were taken to the Ozark Cemetery and interred Tuesday afternoon to await the last roll call.


Williams, John Ellis 20 Oct 1920 - 25 Dec 1991  NN-E 2 Jan 1992

[Note: Son of Ellis B. & Margaret (Wilkerson) Williams; married 26 Dec 1981 Ilene Lefrancois]

John Ellis Williams, 62, Rogersville, died at 12:20 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1991 in his home after a long illness. He was a farmer in the Rogersville area for most of his life arid a retired warehouse worker for 22 years with Dayco Products. He was born Oct. 20, 1920 in Springfield. He was married Dec. 26, 1981 to Ilene Lefrancois. He is survived by his wife, Ilene; five sons, Jimmy, Springfield: Kenneth E., Enid, Okla., John E., Springfield, Donald R., Rogersville, and Roy A., Sparta; a daughter, Linda J. Jean, Springfield, two stepsons, Mark and Marvin Baldwin, both of Springfield; two stepdaughters, Cathy Williams, Republic, and Cona Cummins, Springfield; two brothers, Hansel and Herbert Williams, both of Rogersville; two sisters, Mary Francis Young and Bessie Ward, both of Rogersville; 13 grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday in Ayre-Goodwin-Lee Funeral Home at Rivermonte, Springfield. Burial was in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens.


Williams, John Eustler 17 Sep 1915 - 8 Aug 2006 SN-L 11 Aug 2006

[Note: Son of Robert Ernest & Lillie Mae (Eutsler) Williams; married Marybelle Rader]

John Eustler Williams, 90, a fifth generation resident of Ozark, and great-great-grandson of Ozark founding father, John Hoover, died on Tuesday, August 8, 2006, after a long illness. He was born September 17, 1915, in Ozark, Mo., to the late Ernest and Lilly Williams. He was a graduate of Ozark High School. John served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the U.S. Army Air Corps, during World War II, where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant. His wife, Marybelle (Bader) Williams, preceded him in death. Mr. Williams retired from Sears Roebuck and Company as an executive in their Southern California division. Mr. Williams also taught refrigeration at the community college level. Following his retirement in 1971, John returned to his boyhood home in Ozark. He became active in the Christian County Historical Museum and authored a book on the history of Christian County, titled "Bygone Days?. He was an expert genealogist and an avid supporter of the Christian County Library. Mr. Williams was also a life long motorcycle enthusiast, owning classic and racing motorcycles for over 75 years. He is the holder of a world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Two daughters, Marilyn Shipman and Judy Williams, both of Ozark, survive John. Five grandchildren, Danny Ross, Jacqueline Ross of Ozark, Ron Kitchens of Portage, Michigan, John Kitchens of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Mark Rodney of Ozark, also survive him. He leaves behind seven great-grandchildren. His son, John Robert Williams, as well as two brothers and sisters preceded him in death. His sister, Anne McLean of California, survives him. Visitation is from 1 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 11, at Adams Funeral Home in Ozark. Graveside services will be held at the Ozark City Cemetery, in the Williams family section, at 11 a.m. Sat., Aug. 12th.


Williams, John Eutsler            17 Sep 1915 - 8 Aug 2006 CCH-N 14 Sep 2005

90-year-old muses on Ozark changes

Historian and author thinks too many Democrats are coming to southwest Missouri

Samatha Lile Headline News

            Long-time Ozark resident John Williams sits at his window and watches a family of hummingbirds come to feed. From that window of his boyhood home that overlooks Ozark, he can also see how things have changed.

            Williams said he doesn’t care much for the growth and change that have come to Ozark.

            “There are too many Democrats coming in,” the lifetime Republican said.

            Those days of Ozark’s past seem like they just happened last week to those who might read Williams’ 1988 book “By Gone Days.” Williams, who turns 90 on Sept. 17, is one of the area’s oldest residents and has spent most of his life in Ozark and much of that researching area history and genealogy.

            The now thin and frail Williams was born and raised in Ozark, spent 30 years in Los Angeles and returned to his family upon retirement.

            His father and grandfather both lived and died in the house on Third Street where he now lives with his daughter, grandson and great-granddaughter. The Williams family settled in Lawrence and Christian counties in 1839, before Ozark was even incorporated as a town. Although many of his ancestors were military men, he also descends from a former Christian County judge. Further back, Williams has traced his roots to the speaker of the House of Burgess in 1661 and the mayor of Canterbury, England in 1599.

            Williams led a life of excitement. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1934 - 1935 and the U. S. Air Force from 1937 - 1941. While living in Los Angeles from 1941 - 1971, he was the head of maintenance for Sears roebuck. In 1972, he set an American Motorcycle Association motorcycle speed record after riding a Royal Enfield bike 106.322 miles per hour. His greatest legacy, however, at least to Ozark residents and enthusiasts, is his book, which is a history of Ozark form prehistoric times to 1950.

            Williams thoroughly researched and told the stories of the early Christian County settlers, detailing their way of life. He described early mills, liveries and businesses. He told of Native American trade and battles. He even described national events and how their effects unfolded in Ozark and its surrounding areas.

            In later sections of his book, detailing events during his lifetime, Williams painted the vivid pictures of his boyhood memories of the town and how it was to live in Ozark in the first half of the 20th century.

            “We were a hillbilly fighting bunch,” he said.

            In the chapter “I remember when,” Williams describes how laundry was done during his boyhood, how children spoke to adults, transportation methods, Ozark roads, business practices of local mills, parking problems on Ozark’s square, cutting Christmas trees and many other memories.

            “If you went to town, you dressed up,” Williams said. He added that Ozark residents like to compete with Springfield.

            “It just seemed like Ozark was smarter than Springfield,” he said.

            Williams was an avid sportsman while attending Ozark High School. He competed in the pole vault and cleared 10 feet, five inches, quite a jump at a time when they used poles made of bamboo.

            “Ozark was a nice town to grow up in,” Williams said. “We had just about every sport you could want.”

            Williams particularly liked exploring caves and swimming in the Finley River, a tradition he passed down to his grandson.

            “A huge part of our lives growing up was the river.” Williams’ grandson Mark Rodney said.

            Williams has lived in his home, other than his time in California, since 1930. At that time, it was a working farm with berry patches, a garden, chicken coops and hog pens. Over time, the farm diminished and the trees were cut down, but the home still holds its value to the four generations of the Williams family currently living there.

            Not only has the home changed, but the town around it has expanded and grown.

            “It’s a completely different town now,” Rodney said.

            Williams is especially concerned with the blighted neighborhood situation, as he has fond memories of the area near the Finley River.

            For now, Williams is enjoying living our the rest of his years with his family, who all take great pride in the history of the town and the Williams family. His great granddaughter, Amanda, 5, enjoys the jokes her great-grandfather tells her. She also wants to throw him a surprise party for his 90th birthday.

            “I love him,” she said.


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