Williams, John J., d. 1913 - Williams, Michael, d. 2011


Williams, John J. 1855 - 14 Mar 1913 CCR 21 Feb 1913 p1

[Note: no MO DC]

John J. Williams, a brother of Judge J. J. Williams of this place, died last Thursday evening at his home in Crane and was buried in that place last Saturday. As stated in the Republican last week, Judge Williams was called there Tuesday on account of his brother’s serious condition and remained till after the funeral, returning home Sunday. The deceased was 57 year of age and leaves a wife and four grown daughters of his immediate family to mourn his loss besides his brother and other relatives. Judge Williams will return there this week to assist in looking after some business matters connected with the estate.

 

Williams, John Jefferson 17 May 1848 - 26 Jun 1929 CCR 4 Jul 1929

[Note: Son of John & Adeline (Hart) Williams; married 26 Dec 1878 Alice A. Lewis 1 Sep 1854  - 22 May 1954]

John J. Williams was born in Bedford County, Tennessee May 17, 1848 and moved to Missouri in 1867, living the principal part of his life in Christian county. He worked his own way through college, attending Marionville College, Bentonville, Arkansas college and Abington college, Illinois. He taught school several years before he married. He joined the Christian church in 1868 and was one of the charter members and one of the financial helpers in the building of the first Christian church in Marionville and was always a true and faithful member every where he went. He joined the Masonic lodge in 1875 and always lived up to the teachings and obligations of the order in lending a helping hand and kind advice to this fellowmen. He also signed the temperance pledge when a young man and said, “I will keep that pledge all my life,” and he did, until his death. He was married to Miss Alice Lewis of Newton county, Missouri on Dec. 26, 1878, and to this union five children were born, three daughters and two sons. One daughter, Mrs. Effie Prickett preceded him in death, leaving a small son, Byron Prickett of Afton, Oklahoma whom he raised and who held the place of both son and grandson in his affection. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Frazier of Aurora and Mrs. Blanche Estes of Everton, Mo., twp sons, Curtice of Springfield and Irving of Marionville, Mo., and by nineteen grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, W. D. Williams of Clever and Duke Williams of Marionville, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Sanders and Mrs. Fanny Davis of Clever, Mo. and Mrs. Susan Solomon of California. He was a kind, devoted and faithful husband and father, giving himself, his financial means, his fatherly council and advice to his family and friends to the fullest extent of his ability. He was true to his church and his Christian ideals, seeking to be more like Christ every day. He said many times during his long illness that he was ready and just waiting to cross over the river and be at rest when Jesus called him home. He was a good neighbor, and brothers and a precious father, respected and loved by those who knew him. He passed from this life on June 26th, 1929 at the ripe age of 81 years, 1 month and 9 days. Burial was made in the Republic cemetery Thursday afternoon under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.

 

Williams, John Mark 1 Mar 1954 - 6 Jun 1955      CCR 23 Jun 1955 p1

[Note: Son of Hal Dean “Peewee” & Jean Marie “Bunny” (Bennett) Williams]

John Mark Williams, 15-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hal Williams was fatally injured in an automobile accident on highway 166 near Springfield on June 6. The parents along with one brother and one sister were hospitalized with serious injuries. Survivors besides the parents are two brothers, Tommy and Timmy of the home; two sisters, Becky and Patty of the home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Williams of Clever; maternal grandparents, Claude Bennett of Republic and Mrs. Leila Bridges of Newport, Ore., Paternal great grandmother, Mrs. Lynn Williams of Springfield; maternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Mover of Iota. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, June 12 in the Clever Baptist Church with the Rev. Arthur Ellis officiating. Burial was in Wise Hill Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Clever.

Williams, John Robert "Willy" (a.k.a. Joshua Starzinger) 28 Jul 1949 - 18 Nov 2001 CCR

[Note: Son of John Eutsler & Marybelle (Rader) Williams; SSDI under Starzinger]

John Robert Williams, 52, died Nov. 18, 2001, at Century Pines in Ozark. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif. July 28, 1949, to John E. Williams and Marybelle (Bader) Williams. He worked in design and manufacturing for Fender Guitar and Rogers Drum Corp. He loved music. He played and taught many different instruments. He was also fluent in Spanish and taught many new citizens the English language. He is survived by his father, John E. Williams; sisters Marilyn Shipman and Judy Williams, and many friends and family.

Williams, John Will 8 Jul 1874 - 10 Aug 1959       CCR 13 Aug 1959 p1

[Note: Son of Bryant & Sarah (Pallett) Williams; married Mary Bell]

Funeral services for John W. Williams, 85, Ozark, who died Monday, August 10, at his home will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Billings Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Baker officiating. Burial will be in Smart Cemetery under direction of Chaffin of Ozark. Mr. Williams was a member of the Baptist Church and a retired farmer. Survivors include his wife, May Bell Williams, two brothers, Telly Williams, Billings and Oscar Williams, Neosho, three sisters, Mrs. Fannie Burky and Mrs. Clemie Burky, Billings, and Mrs. Betty Selby, 1120 East Division, Springfield; two step-sons, Ward Spivy, 2515 West Nichols and Joe Spivy, Springfield.

Williams, Joseph J. 9 May 1934 - 13 Feb 2004 SN-L 19 Feb 2004

[Note: Son of Dewey & Elva Williams; married Alice]

Joseph J. Williams of Nixa passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at the Veterans Medical Center in Fayetteville, AR, after a long illness. Joe was 69 years old. He was born in Marshall, AR, to Dewey and Elva Williams. He had five brothers and three sisters. He is survived in death by his wife Alice; three daughters, Elizabeth Bradley and husband Jesse, Kimberly Vaughn and husband Randy, and Debbie Church and husband Joe; three grandchildren, Niki Bradley, Brian Wilson, and Madison Church; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends. Private services will be held. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Williams, Judy (Green) 21 Aug 1944 - 16 Mar 2005  SN-L 18 Mar 2005

[Note: Daughter of George A. & Mildred (Watts) Green; married 15 Jan 1971 Samuel D. Williams]

Judy Williams, 60, Rogersville, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2005, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. She was born August 21, 1944, in Springfield, Missouri, the daughter of George A. and Mildred (Watts) Green. She was united in marriage on January 15, 1971, in Rogersville, to Samuel D. Williams. She was preceded in death by her father in 1999. Judy was a member of Fordland Church of Christ. She was a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed making clothing for dolls, quilting and detailed crafts. She is survived by her husband, Sam; a son, Zach Williams, Springfield; her mother, Mildred Green, Ozark; a sister, Linda Samuel and husband, David, Rogersville; two brothers, Jerry Green and wife, Sherry, Rogersville, Steve Green and wife, Middy, Springfield; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. The family strongly requests memorial donations to the Fairhaven Children's Home, Strafford, Mo., and/or The Children Home, Inc., Paragould, Arkansas. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2005, in J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, at the corner of Highway 60 and Farm Road 223, west of Rogersville. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Holland Cemetery, Rogersville.

Williams, Juanita 1920 - 22 Apr 2007 SN-L 24 Apr 2007 & SN-L 25 Apr 2007

[Note: married Rev. Van Williams, Sr. 1918 - 5 Aug 2006]

Juanita Williams, 86, of Ozark, died Sunday, April 22, 2007, in Chesterfield, Mo. She was united in marriage to Rev. Van Williams Sr., in Mansfield, Mo. Juanita was a homemaker and was dedicated to her family and children. She made her home in Mansfield, Bradleyville and Ava before moving to Ozark. Her husband Van preceded her in death in August of 2006. She is survived by three sons, Philip, Stephan and Van Jr. Williams; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and a brother, Merle Reed. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Holman-Howe Funeral Chapel, Mansfield, with burial to follow in the Mansfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Thursday.

Williams, Junior Therwin 11 Jun 1928 - 22 Dec 2003 SN-L 24 Dec 2003

[Note: Son of Noal Roscoe & Janie Emaline (Swigart) Williams; married 19 May 1947 Cora Eulalia Miller]

Junior Therwin Williams, age 75, of Ozark, passed away Monday, December 22, 2003, in Cox South Hospital. He was born June 11, 1928, in Long Lane, Mo., the son of Noal Roscoe and Janie Emaline (Swigart) Williams. On May 19, 1947, he and Cora Eulalia Miller were united in marriage. Mr. Williams served as Deputy Sheriff for four years under Sheriff Joe Mayberry. He also served as Chief of Police in Sparta for seven years. He owned Williams and Sons Truck and Auto Service, A-1 Machine Shop and the Ozark Dinner House. He also built race cars and enjoyed racing. Survivors include his wife, Cora; eight children and their spouses, James R. and Joan Williams, Strafford, Kathy and Jay Meadors, Fordland, Marjorie and Tim Sexton, Marshfield, Keith and Becky Williams, Ozark, DeWayne Williams, Springfield, Tonya and Marty Moman, Combs, Ark., Paul and Regina Williams, Ozark, and Bruce and Sally Williams, Sparta; nineteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters, Glendon L. Williams and wife Minnie, Kansas City, Bonnie Havice, Long Lane, Lawrence Williams and wife Debbie, Willard, and Mary Pope, Springfield. He was preceded by a son, Arthur Eugene Williams in 1960, his parents, and a sister. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 27, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Reverend Josh Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Selmore Cemetery, Ozark. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

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Williams, Junior Therwin 11 Jun 1928 - 22 Dec 2003 CCH-N 7 Jan 2004

Junior Therwin Williams, 75, Ozark, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, in Cox South Hospital. He was born June 11, 1928 in Long lane, Mo., the son of Noal Roscoe and Janie Emaline (Swigart) Williams. On May 19, 1947, he and Cora Eulalia Miller were united in marriage. Williams served as deputy sheriff for four years under Sheriff Joe Mayberry. He also served as Chief of Police in Sparta for seven years. He owned Williams and Sons Truck and Auto Service, A-1 Machine Shop and the Ozark Dinner House. He also built race cars and enjoyed racing.  He was preceded by a son, Arthur Eugene Williams in 1960; his parents; and a sister.  Survivors include his wife, Cora; eight children and their spouses, James R. and Joan Williams, Strafford, Kathy and Jay Meadors, Fordland, Marjorie and Tim Sexton, Marshfield, Keith and Becky Williams, Ozark, DeWayne Williams, Springfield, Tonya and Marty Moman, Combs, Ark., Paul and Regina Williams, Ozark, and Bruce and Sally Williams, Sparta; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters, Glendon L. Williams and wife Minnie, Kansas City, Bonnie Havice, Long Lane, Lawrence Williams and wife Debbie, Willard, and Mary Pope, Springfield.  Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Rev. Josh Hall officiating. Burial followed in Selmore Cemetery, Ozark.  Friends could call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 26.

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Williams, Lacey J. Jun 1894 - 15 Jan 1920 CCR 23 Jan 1929 p1

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

Miss Lacey J. Williams, aged 26 years, daughter of J. M. Williams of Ozark, died at her home in Springfield, Thursday, January 15, 1920, of tuberculosis. The remains was brought to Ozark Friday the 16th and buried in the I.O.O.F. cemetery, where short services was conducted by Rev. L. H. Maples.

Williams,  Larken Elbert, Dr. 11 Jul 1871 - 4 Jan 1938

[Note: married Lynn Ella “Lee” Kendall 26 Jan 1876 - 15 Oct 1958; married 1904 Cora Nichols; no MO DC found]

Funeral services will be at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the school auditorium at Clever for Dr. L. E. Williams, 66, practicing physician there for 33 years, who died in a government hospital at Hines, Ill.  Born and reared near Pierce City, Doctor Williams came to Clever as a young man.  He had been in the Illinois hospital two months.  He served during the World War and was overseas 13 months.  Survivors are his wife, Cora; two sons, James Williams of Marshfield, Lee of Clever; a brother, Charles of Clever, and two sisters, Mrs. Bryce Carlin of Monett and Mrs. Edward Utter of Joplin.  Services will be conducted by the Rev. Earl French of Springfield, assisted by the Rev. Fred Jones of Marshfield.  Military services will be conducted at the grave in Frazier Chapel Cemetery by the Goad-Ballinger Legion post of Springfield.  Burial will be under the direction of Wilbur Maples.

Note: this clipping from the collection of Audrey (King) Maples has a handwritten date of January 4, 1938 in the margin.

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Williams, Larken Elbert, Dr. 11 Jul 1871 - 4 Jan 1938 CCR 13 Jan 1938 p1

Dr. L.E. Williams, 66, for a long number of years a popular physician in the west part of Christian county, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5. He was born on July 11, 1871, near Pierce City and came to Clever as a young man. He was a practicing physician in that community for 33 years and served 13 months overseas during the World War. He was united in marriage to Miss Lynn Ella Kendall to which union two children were born. Sometime later, in 1904, he was married again to Miss Cora Nichols. At the age of 40, Dr. Williams professed his faith and united with the Clever Baptist church. He was a man with broad civic ideals and served his community well, not only as a physician, but as a citizen. He served many years on the Clever school board. During the World War he volunteered and entered camp on April 3, 1918. In May of that year he embarked for service overseas. After the Armistice he entered the Army of Occupation and served in Germany until he was returned to America. He received his honorable discharge in July, 1919. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Cora Williams, two sons, Lee of Clever and James of Marshfield; one brother, Charlie of Clever, two sisters, Mrs. Z.E. Utter of Joplin and Mrs. Brit Carlin of Monett, besides seven grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, in the Clever school auditorium with Rev. Earl French of Springfield officiating. Burial was made in the Frazier Chapel cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.

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Williams, Larken Elbert, Dr. 11 Jul 1871 - 4 Jan 1938 CCR 13 Jan 1938 p6

Those from Ozark who attended the funeral services Sunday afternoon at Clever of Dr. L.E. Williams were Rev. and Mrs. W.J. Caughron, Mr. and Mrs. A. Morwood and daughter, Winona, Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Wade and W.L. Hixson.

 

Williams, Lawrence "Luke" 9 Jul 1907 - 9 Oct 1988 OH 13 Oct 1988

[Note: married 1927 Ruby]

Lawrence “Luke” Williams, 81, of Springfield, died at 3:30 am Oct 9 in his home after a two year battle with cancer. Services for Mr. Williams were held at 1 pm Wednesday, Oct 12 at Greenlawn Funeral Home South, with the Rev. Darrell Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Hazelwood Cemetery. Mr. Williams was employed at the Reyco Manufacturing Company for 47 years, retiring in 1982 at the age of 75. His survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruby; four daughters and their husbands, Anna Belle and Bob Higgins, Billie and Ed House, Beverly and Terry Owens, and Dixie and Gary Polodna; a sister, Agnes Leming, Rogersville; a brother, Jim Williams, of the state of Kansas; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri, in honor of the dedicated services.

 

Williams, Lea Ellen “Lynn” (Kendall) 26 Jan 1876 - 15 Oct 1958 CCR 16 Oct 1958 p5

[Note: Daughter of Henry & Sarah ( ) Kendall; married Dr. Larken Elbert Williams 11 Jul 1871 - 4  Jan 1938]

Funeral services for Mrs. Lynn Williams, 82, who died Wednesday morning at the home of a son, Lee Williams of Clever, will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Clever Baptist Church with Rev. Luther Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in Wise Hill Cemetery under direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Clever. The body will lie in state from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.  She was a resident of Pierce City, Mo. most of her life. Survivors include another son, James Williams of Liberty, Mo.; eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

 

Williams, Levi 10 Dec 1892 - 22 Oct 1969  CCR 23 Oct 1969 p8

[Note: married Elsie]

Funeral services for Levi Williams, 76, of Sparta were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Sparta Christian Church with the Rev. James Nutter officiating. Burial was in Goodhope Cemetery under direction of Clinkingbeard of Ava. Mr. Williams died at 9:35 a.m. Monday in Cox Medical Center. He was a retired cafe owner in Sparta and also owned a grain elevator in Des Moines, Iowa. He was a member of the Christian Church of Tingley, Iowa. Survivors include his wife, Elsie; one son, Kenneth Williams, Grand River, Iowa; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Warrick, Albuquerque, N. M. and Mrs, Marilyn McClements, Rochester, N. Y.; two brothers, Charles Williams, Leroy, Kan. and Paul Williams, Ava. and one sister, Mrs. Ruth Whitworth, Springfield.

 

Williams, Lige O. 2 Sep 1903 - 15 Aug 1986 OH 14 Aug 1986 p5

[Note: Son of James Monroe & Myra (King) Williams; married Lillian Stephens 6 Jul 1907 - 12 Jun 1993 ]

Services for Lige O. Williams, 82, Nixa, were held August 8 in the Church of Christ, Fordland, with Bruce Veteto officiating. Burial was in Fordland Cemetery under the direction of Marsh Funeral Home, Rogersville. Mr. Williams died August 5 in Hillhaven Convalescent Cemetery, Springfield. She was  retired farmer and had worked as a foreman at King Manufacturing Company. He attended James River Chapel, north of Nixa. Survivors include his wife, Lillian; two sons, Lige Williams, Jr., Bolivar and Donald Williams, Collingham, England; three daughters, Mary Lou Shofner and Eula Mae Williamson, both of Springfield, and Joan Murray, of the home; one sister, Edna Burger, Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

 

Williams, Lillie M. (Eutsler) 29 Nov 1889 - 31 Oct 1942 CCR 5 Nov 1942 p1

[Note: Daughter of James & Elizabeth (Chansey) Eutsler; married Robert Ernest Williams 28 Aug 1883 - 27 Jul 1967]

Lillie M. Eutsler was born at Day, MO, on Nov. 29, 1889, and passed to her reward on Nov. 1, 1942, aged 52 years, 11 months and 2 days. She was united in marriage to Earnest Williams on July 14. 1909. To this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters. She was converted in early life and united with the Christian Church, of which she has been a faithful member. She was a good neighbor, a devoted mother and companion. Her long affliction was borne with loving patience. She leaves to mourn her going her devoted husband, R.E. Williams, six children, Mrs. Austa Curbow of Nixa, Mrs. Agnes Schiffbauer of Baldwin, KS, Miss Anna Jane Williams of the home, John Williams of Los Angeles, CA, Gene and George Williams of Ozark, five grandchildren, four sisters and one brother, other relatives and many friends. We shall miss her sadly, but we humbly bow to the divine will of God.

 

Williams, Lillie M. (Stockstill) 28 Feb 1885 - 17 Aug 1937 CCR 26 Aug 1937 p4

[Note: Daughter of Allen & I. E. (May) Stockstill; married George W. Williams 27 Sep 1879 - 15 Jun 1949]

Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Williams, 52, of Springfield, who died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 17, were held Friday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Ponce de Leon church with Rev. Walter Geren of Springfield officiating. Burial was made in the Ponce de Leon cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever. The survivors are the husband, G.W. Williams, and ten children, Mrs. Della DeLong, Mrs. Gladys McKinley, and Miss Mildred Williams, all of Springfield, Mrs. Ethel Anderson of Crane, Mrs. Elsie Davis of Imperial, Calif., Lloyd and Wayne Williams of Wilder, Colo., Everett of Greenfield and three sisters, Mrs. Ada Flood of Springfield, Mrs. Martha Rhea of Ponce de Leon, and Mrs. Lula Curbow of Clever; also by two brothers, Willie Stockstill of Springfield and Charley Stockstill of Talent, Ore.

 

Williams, Lloyd 11 Aug 1911 - 22 Dec 1988 OH 29 Dec 1988

Lloyd Williams, 77, of Ozark, died Dec. 22 at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. Services for Mr. Williams were held Dec. 24 at the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava. Burial followed in Stillings Cemetery, west of Ava. Mr. Williams was a retired farmer.

 

Williams, Lola (Swearengin) 2 Sep 1918 - 8 Aug 1983 OH 25 Aug 1983 p8

[Note: married 11 Feb 1934 Earnest Kim Williams 23 Nov 1911 - 9 Jan 1994]

Services for Lola Williams, 64, Springfield, were held Aug. 20 in Westport Assembly of God with the Revs. E. I. Moore and Gary Williams officiating. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery south of Fordland. Mrs. Williams died Aug. 18 in her home after a short illness. A Douglas County native, she had lived in Springfield 40 years and was a member of Westport Assembly of God. Survivors include her husband, Kim; two sons, Bob, Springfield, and Raymond, Silver Springs, Fla.; two daughters, Mrs. Geneva Krivoblalavek and Mrs. Bonnie Clipper, both of Springfield; four brothers, Virgil Swearengin, Fordland, Floyd Swearengin, Seymour, Ivol Swearengin, Bruner and Iven Swearengin, Springfield; three sisters, Mrs. Ammie Cornelison, Springfield; Mrs. Lacie Hartgrave, Thornfield, and Mrs. Erma Breedlove, Belleville, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

Williams, Lon R. 1861 - 24 May 1938 CCR 26 May 1938 p1

[Note: Son of John A. & Rebecca (Chestnut) Williams]

Geo. T. Breazeale, secretary of Friends Lodge No. 352, A.F.&A.M., received a wire Monday telling of the death of Lon R. Williams, a member of Friend Lodge, who passed away that dated at Ontario, Calif., He was 77 years old. The funeral services were held Wednesday, May 25, at Ontario. Ontario Lodge No. 301 conducted the services under the authority of Friend Lodge.

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Williams, Lon R. 1861 - 24 May 1938 CCR 26 May 1938 p7

Mrs. John Campbell received a telegram Monday saying Mr. Lon R. Williams passed away that morning at his home at Ontario, Calif. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning. Mr. Williams was a brother-in-law to Mrs. Tom Herston, a former resident of Ozark.

 

Williams, Lucinda 22 May 1875 - 25 Apr 1964 CCR 30 Apr 1964 p1

[Note: married  Andrew Newton Williams 9 Dec 1871 - 1 Jun 1947]

Mrs. Lucinda Williams, 88, Chadwick, died at 4:40 p.m. Saturday in Burge-Protestant Hospital, Springfield. She was a member of the Baptist Church at Chadwick. Survivors are a son, Ila, Chadwick; four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Union Church. The Rev. Charley Shipman officiated, and burial was in Chadwick Cemetery under direction of Harris of Ozark.

 

Williams, Lunce B. 7 Jul 1864 - 19 Feb 1931 CCR 26 Feb 1931 p9

[Note: Son of Robert H. & Emaline “Emma” (Bailey) Williams; married 19 Mar 1900 Telia Pierce 1873 - ?]

L.B. Williams was born the son of R.H. and Emmaline Williams on July 7, 1864, near Ozark, Missouri. He was united in marriage on March 12, 1900, to Telia Pearce. He spent his entire life in the vicinity of the place of his birth and was well and most favorably known by the entire community. He is survived by the widow, one brother, James Williams of Ozark, and two sisters, Mrs. T.J. Gideon of Springfield and Mrs. N.A. Perry of Denver, Colorado, besides many other friends and relatives. He took ill with pneumonia fever about three weeks ago and although he made a valiant fight he was unable to claim a victory over the disease and he was claimed by death at his home in the north part of Ozark on Thursday morning, Feb. 19, about 7 o’clock. The funeral services were held at the Christian church in Ozark on Friday afternoon at 3:30, with Rev. B. Frank West of Springfield officiating, with burial in the Ozark cemetery under the direction of T.B. Chaffin. The subject of this obituary was a man of conservation, he loved nature and spent much of his time in nature’s environment. He was reserved in his way but yet he built about himself a friendship that was lasting and eternal. He who loves nature as nature was loved by this man, loves the things which were created by the Infinite power, and although he may not have worshipped at the dictates of any particular creed and dogma, he worships at the feet of Him who created the universe. With the passing of this esteemed citizen Ozark loses a man who worked quietly but influentially for the betterment of his community, and with his passing a host of friends have lost a prized companion.

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Williams, Lunce B. 7 Jul 1864 - 19 Feb 1931 CCR 26 Feb 1931 p9

The late L.B. Williams, for whom funeral services were held last Friday afternoon, was a lover of nature. He lived in the great out-of-doors, and in tune with the music of nature and as a eulogy to his living we dedicate this following verse: The earth has on a shroud of grey, with which to greet this dawning day, a friend is dead. The lark in soaring failed to sing, it knew it’s notes would sadness ring, a friend is dead. In dells and nooks along the stream, sparkling dewdrops fail to gleam, a friend is dead. And waiting fish within the brook, shy hastily by with mourning look, a friend is dead. And men, big men, strong men, weep, like babies sob in fretful sleep. He loved them all-knew them well, far better yet than words can tell, but Death in its strange, selfish way, stole him off at dawn of day.--J.M.P.

 

Williams, Lynn A. died 30 Nov 1973 OH 6 Dec 1973 p12

Billings - Funeral services for Lynn A. Williams of Billings were held last Friday in the Baje Chapel in St. Charles with burial in the Kerr Cemetery near Republic. Mr. Williams died Monday in the St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles. Survivors include two step-daughters, Mrs. Leola Barnard and Mrs. Elizabeth Van Dwane, both of St. Charles; two stepsons, Charles Scott and Harold Scott, both of St. Charles; and one sister, Mrs. Virgie Blades of Ash Grove.

 

Williams, Mack Eugene 28 Dec 1927 - 9 Aug 2007 SN-L 10 Aug 2007 & SN-L 12 Aug 2007 & AdamsFH

[Note: Son of Sheb & Letha (McCluskey) Williams; married 1965 Ilona]

Mack Eugene Williams, age 79, of Nixa, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2007. He was born December 28, 1927, in Bolivar, the son of Sheb and Letha (McCluskey) Williams. He and his wife Ilona were married in 1965. Mr. Williams retired in 1967 from the military as Command Sergeant Major. As a member of the Fort Leonard Wood Retiree Council, he tirelessly worked for the successful passage of the Tri Care for Life Benefit. He had a long and varied business career including general sales manager for Century Metal Craft Corporation, co-owner of an insurance company in Honolulu, a night club owner, and most recently as a real estate agent for Murney. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle to all of his family. Survivors include: his wife, Ilona, Nixa; seven children: Bobbie Williams, Austin, Texas, Veronica Williams, Springfield, Mark Williams and wife, Bong Seon, Nixa, Zhuntay Williams, Austin, Texas, Samuel Morris and Patty Morris, Springfield, Richard Williams and wife, Francie, St. Louis, and Franz Williams and wife, Amy, Nixa; 11 grandchildren: Angela, Gary, Natasha, Christie, Amber, Jamie, Samuel, Nellie, Alec, Jerika and Kasey; several great-grandchildren; his brother, J. W. Williams of Wheatland; many nieces and nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Dunn; a brother, Bobby Dale Williams; and his parents. Visitation will be Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Burial will follow at Missouri Veterans Cemetery.

 

Williams, Marena Catherine “Rena“ (Geren) 14 Dec 1847 - 25 Dec 1931 CCR 27 Aug 1931 p1

[Note: Daughter of John Gaston & Lucinda "Lucy" R. (Smith) Geren; married 24 Mar 1872 Preston Williams 7 Nov 1847 - 4 Feb 1919; mother of Sarah Caldonia “Mona” (Williams) Hill 15 Jan 1874 - 12 Jun 1915;  Frances (Williams) Washam 1875 - 1 Jun 1968; Rosiana “Rosa“ (Williams) Hendricks 1877 - aft 1947;  Lucy Ellen (Williams) Medlin 17 Jun 1880 - 29 Nov 1968; Robert H. Williams 27 Feb 1882 - 30 Oct 1969; Alvin Harrison Williams 9 Feb 1884 - 25 Aug 1948; Mary (Williams)  Sep 1886 - ?: Lula (Williams) Garbee 12 Dec 1887 - 7 Nov 1953;  Emma (Williams) Oct 1890 - ?; Ruth A. Williams 5 Jan 1898 - 10 Jan 1898 - Frances‘ 1968 obit gives as a surviving sister Pearl Garbee; William Arthur Downing‘s MODC gives wife‘s name as Isabel & Mrs. W. A. Downing was informant on Alvin‘s MODC; apparently Mary and Emma on 1900 census became Pearl Garbee & Isabel Downing but haven‘t found either on MODC or SSDI; can’t tell which is which]

Mrs. Catherine Marena Williams, pioneer Christian county settler, died at 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.A. Downing of 927 North Main Avenue in Springfield. Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist church at Billings, where Mrs. Williams lived until moving to Springfield three years ago upon the death of her husband, Preston Williams. A.S. Wallace, undertaker, was in charge of the burial in the Smart cemetery, south of Billings. Two sons, R.H. Williams and A.H. Williams, both of Springfield and six daughters, as follows, survive: Mrs. Downing, Mrs. P.P. Garbee, Mrs. W.A. Hendricks, and Mrs. J.E. Garbee of Springfield, and Mrs. Tom Medlin and Mrs. Frances Washam of Billings. 27 grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive. Two daughters, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren are dead. Mrs. Williams’ maiden name was Geren. She was born in Nashville, Tenn., 83 years ago and moved to Christian county when 15 years old.

 

Williams, Martha J. (Nichols) 13 Dec 1860 - 7 Mar 1936 CCR 12 Mar 1936 p1

[Note: Daughter of John & Jane (Morris) Nichols; married 24 Feb 1876 James J. Williams 22 Feb 1850 - 29 Nov 1926]

The subject of this obituary was born on Dec. 13, 1860 at Marionville, Missouri the daughter of John and Jane Nichols. There she lived and grew into young womanhood and on February 24,1876 was united in marriage to Judge J.J. Williams. To this union were born five children, one, a son, Brainard E. dying at the age of 5 years. The four others survive and are Dr. Perry E. Williams and Ernest of Ozark, Mrs. W.F. Aven of Lawrence, Kansas and Lon E. Williams of Kansas City. She also leaves 14 grand children and 4 great-grandchildren to mourn her departure which took place on Saturday morning, March 7 at the home of her son Ernest on Highlandville Hill shortly before noon. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 8 at the Chaffin Funeral Home with Rev. A.Z. Matthews officiating. Burial was made in the City cemetery under the direction of the T.B. Chaffin Funeral Home of Ozark. “Aunt Martha” and “Grandma” as she was endearingly called and known in Ozark and Christian county had lived somewhat of an eventful life. Being the wife of James J. Williams, whose death occurred on Nov. 29, 1926, and whose eventful life was retold in the Republican at that time, she naturally became interested in the happiness and success of her husband and family. Her interest in these things is verified by the massive and comprehensive “scrapbook” which relatives found among her possessions after her death. She was a woman of keen intellect, a definite understanding and of deep consideration of the feeling and temperament of others. Hers was a life of sacrificial service, not narrowed to the confines of her immediate family, but as broad as her friendships. Even in her declining years, when she realized the sunset of life was beginning to brighten with the golden glow of its finish, she continued to feel keenly her interest in those she loved, relatives and friends alike. We cannot review the span of her life, and the trials and difficulties through which her country and her county passed, without realizing that unspoken and unwritten history accompanies her to her final resting places. In the affairs of men, as estimated by the common mass, her living as was her passing, were mere incidents in the affairs of the hour. But to those who dwelt within the confines of her thought and action, who had listened to her tender words of admonition and had been at her feet as the motherly philosopher, her living was tinged with the sparkling and fragrant essence of greatness and her passing will leave a vacancy which time can never fill. She was another of the true ladies of the old school to pass quietly and apparently quickly through death’s door to acclaim a reward and a heritage unfathomed by human mind. Her ashes shall sleep peacefully beneath the hills which she loved and served and her spirit will walk contented and unafraid in the confines of the memory of those with whom she mingled.

Williams, Martin L. 18 Sep 1889 - 16 May 1970   CCR 21 May 1970 p8

[Note: married Myrtle K. Warner  5 Mar 1892 - 5 Apr 1969 m/1 John Brady]

Martin L. Williams, 80. of Route 1, Ozark, died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in Cox Medical Center. Mr. Williams had lived in the Ozark community since 1932. He was a veteran of World War I. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Anita Haslip, Ozark; one sister, Mrs. Clara Lee Pritchard, Roxie, Miss.; one granddaughter and one great grandson, Funeral services were at  2 p.m. Monday in the Harris Chapel at Ozark with the Rev. Fred Plank officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery.

 

 

Williams, Mary Ann (Smith) 23 Feb 1827 - 30 Jan 1911 CCR 16 Feb 1911

[Note: Daughter of  Leonard & Nancy ( ) Smith; married Solomon Williams 20 Aug 1821 - 30 Jan 1902; DC gives father as Lemuel Smith]

Mrs. Mary Williams died at her home near Elm Grove on Jan. 30, 1911, aged 83 years, 11 months and 7 days. She was one of the oldest citizens of this part of Christian county. She was born in North Carolina Feb. 23, 1827. Her maiden name was Mary Smith. In early life, she removed too Tennessee. There she was married to Solomon Williams. They then left Tennessee and came to Missouri arriving here in the year that James Buchanan was elected president. To their union were born six children, four of whom survive her. Their names are J. M. Williams, John V. Williams, Mrs. W. O. Young and Mrs. G. W. Watts, Jr. Mrs. Williams  professed faith in Christ and united with the Methodist church in Tennessee. When she moved from there, she did not transfer her membership and was not identified with any denomination in this county. A peculiar coincidence of the day of her death was that it was her son John’s birthday and the ninth anniversary of her husband’s death. During her last illness, Grandma, as she was affectionately called by us all, told her friends that she had no real desire to recover. “For I have a home waiting.”

 

Williams, Mary C. (Buxton) 14 Aug 1862 - 30 Dec 1917 CCR 4 Jan 1918

[Note: Daughter of  Charles &  Margaret (Harper) Buxton]

Died: At the home of her brother, W. A. Buxton in Ozark Sunday December 30, Mrs. Mary C. Williams, aged 55 years, 4 months and 16 days. Funeral services were held Monday forenoon in the Christian church forenoon in the Christian church conducted by Rev. L. H. Maples of the Baptist church. Interment in the Ozark cemetery

 

Williams, Mary Elizabeth (Barber) 19 Jul 1846 - 29 Jan 1937 CCR 4 Feb 1937 p1

[Note: married 12 Feb 1887 M. D. “Duke” Williams]

Mary Elizabeth Barber was born July 19, 1845, in St. Clair county, Okla., She was united in marriage to M.D. Williams on Feb. 12, 1867. To this union were born six children, only one of whom survives, Mrs. John L. Cox of Hurley. With this daughter the deceased had made her home for 20 years. She was 91 years old. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. in the Clever Christian church on Saturday, Jan. 30, with Rev. Young of Clever officiating with burial in the Wise Hill cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.

 

Williams, Mary Ellen (Estes) 3 May 1863 - 4 Sep 1937 CCR 9 Sep 1937 p7

[Note: Daughter of Samuel & Melcana (Steele) Estes; married 25 Dec 1879 CCM Wind D. Williams 20 Dec 1852 - 30 Jul 1932]

Mary Ellen Estes was born May 3, 1863, and departed this life Sept. 4,1937, having attained the age of 74 years, four months and one day. She was married to W.D. Williams Dec. 25, 1879. To this union were born five children, Mrs. Myrtle Jefferson, who preceded her in death, Mrs. Edna Scott of Crane, Mrs. Maud Davis of Clever, Clyde Williams of Hurley, and Harry Williams of Jefferson City. Her husband preceded her in death four years ago. Beside the children, she is survived by two brothers, Bud and Lum Estes of Clever, and four sisters, Mrs. Plina Gryder of Brown Springs, Mo., Mrs. M.E. Sullivan of Clever, Mrs. Nannie Stewart of Kansas, and Mrs. Virgie McDole of Los Angeles, Calif., one half brother and one half sister, Robert Estes of Clever and Mrs. Villie Winslow of California. Also by 19 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Clever M.E. Church conducted by Rev. Gorgen Lokey of Republic, Mo., with burial in the Mt. Carmel cemetery under the direction of the Wilburn Maples Funeral Home of Clever.

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Williams, Mary Ellen (Estes) 3 May 1863 - 4 Sep 1937  SN-L 5 Sep 1937

[Note: Daughter of Samuel & Melcana (Steele) Estes; married 25 Dec 1879 CCM Wind D. Williams 20 Dec 1852 - 30 Jul 1932]

Mrs. W. D. Williams, 75, died yesterday in the home of her son, Clyde Williams at Hurley, after a long illness.  Funeral services will be at 2 o’clock this afternoon in the Clever Methodist Church with burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery under direction of Wilburn Maples of Clever.  Survivors include another son, Harry Williams of Jefferson City; two daughters, Mrs. Roscoe Scott of Hurley and Maude Davis of Clever; three brothers and four sisters. (Springfield News-Leader 5 Sep 1937) (Contributed by Hazel Messenger)

 

Williams, Mary Margaret (Noaker) 1 Dec 1951 - 30 Jan 2008 SN-L 31 Jan 2008 & AdamsFH & CCH-N 6 Feb 2008

[Note: Daughter of Lloyd B. & Martha J. (Gouffer) Noaker; married David Williams]

Mary Margaret Williams, age 56, of Nixa, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2008. She was born December 1, 1951, in Harrisburg, Pa., the daughter of Lloyd B. and Martha J. (Gouffer) Noaker. Survivors include: her husband, David Williams, Nixa; two daughters, Angela Kinyon and husband, Cory, Nixa, and Veronica Payne and husband, Troy, Ga.; four grandchildren, Jenna and Alex Kinyon and Christopher and Nicholas Payne; three brothers, Lloyd, Gerald and William Noaker, all of Pa.; and two sisters, Lee Mosley and Barbara Malone, both of Pa. Mary was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Pastor Don Blansit officiating. Burial will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

 

Williams, Mary Maxine (Bishop) 6 Nov 1916 - 1 Mar 2003

[Note: Daughter of John Leonard & Myrtle (  ) Bishop; married 1934 James E. “Gene” Williams]

Mary Maxine (Bishop) Williams, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died March 1, 2003, at the St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. She was born in Billings to John Leonard and Myrtle Bishop. Except for brief periods, she lived in Ozark from 1919 until 1950. After graduating from Ozark High School in 1933, she married James E. “Gene” Williams in 1934. They moved to Wichita, Kan., in 1950, then to Tulsa in 1978. In Wichita she served as cashier at the Kansas Gas & Electric Company. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 55 years; and one daughter, Beverly, who was married to C.W. Fry and who was the mother of Pamela, Christopher, and Tamara. Survivors include three brothers, Robert, Jim, and John David Bishop; a sister, Annalee Stacey; and one daughter, Barbara, who is married to Charles W. Owens and is the mother of Charles E, Wesley A., Michael L., and Janet K. Williams had seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She had numerous nieces and nephews. Contributions to her memory are invited to the American Cancer Society.

©Christian County Headliner 2003

 

Williams, Mary Sue (Smith) 1939 - 7 Jan 1970   CCR 15 Jan 1970 p4

[Note: Daughter of Albert O. & ? ( ) Smith; married Carl Williams]

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Sue Williams, 30, of Nixa, were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Stapp Chapel at Mountain Grove with the Rev. Kenneth Brady officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mrs. Williams, a former Mt. Grove resident, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, after a 2-year illness, Survivors include her husband, Carl; a daughter, Sandra Sue and a son, Timothy Bryan, all of the home; her father, Albert O. Smith, Mountain Grove; three brothers, Clovis and Roy, both of Ozark, and Ival, Mountain Grove, and three sisters, Mrs. Carol Mayfield, Cabool, Mrs. Ina Hoskins, Willard, Mrs. Hazel Bennett, Dixon, Tenn.

 

Williams, Marybelle Genevie “Billie” (Rader) 24 Sep 1921 - 28 Jul 1980 OH 7 Aug 1980 p10

[Note: Daughter of ? & ? (Starzinger) Rader; married John Eutsler Williams 17 Sep 1915 - 8 Aug 2006]

Mrs. Marybelle (Billie) Williams, 58, Long Beach Community Hospital after apparently suffering a heart attack at her home. Services were held Aug 1 in Anaheim, Calif. Survivors include her husband, John E. Williams and daughters, Judy Lindsey and Marilyn Ross of Long Beach and grandchildren, Ron Kitchens , John and Mark Lindsey and Danny and Jacqueline Ross, all of Ozark.

 

Williams, Matthew H. 22 May 1963 - 23 Mar 1988 OH 31 Mar 1988

[Note: Son of Harold & Marie (Coffer) Williams]

Matthew H. Williams, 24; of Bruner, died at 7:45 a.m. March 23 in his home. Services for Mr. Williams were held Sunday in the Harris Chapel, Ozark, with Fred Bailey officiating. Burial was in Swanville Cemetery, near Chadwick. Born near Urbana, Mr. Williams had moved to the Bruner area at the age of five, and was a member of the World Wide Church of God in Nixa. A graduate of the Sparta High School Class of 1981, he was a junior at Southwest Missouri State University. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Buster Coffer, and by his paternal grandparents. His survivors include his parents, Harold and Marie Williams, Bruner; a brother, Kyle, Bruner; two sisters, Pamela Williams, Bruner, and Stormy Williams, of the home; his maternal grandmother, Golda Coffer Bauer, Sparta; and his maternal great-grandmother, Bessie Blakey, Springfield.

 

Williams, Matilda  Jane (Hedrick) 8 Jul 1851 - 31 Jul 1923     CCR 3 Aug 1923 p 1

[Note: married 27 Nov 1878 James Monroe Williams 1852 - 12 Dec 1920]

Mrs. Matilda Jane Williams, aged 72 years and 23 days, died at her home in the Pembina settlement July 31st, 1923. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 1st, conducted by Rev. Green of Rogersville with interment in the Pembina Cemetery under direction of T. B. Chaffin of the Ozark Undertaking Co. Deceased was the widow of the late Monroe Williams and was born in Webster County, Missouri July 8, 1851, and was married to Mr. Williams November 27, 1878. To this union were born three children, Elmer, Lennie and Laura, all of whom were at her bedside when death came. She was converted and joined the Methodist Church at Pleasant Hill about 50 years ago and has lived a consistent Christian life until her death.

 

Williams, Maurice H. 22 Mar 1880 - 19 May 1903 CCR 21 May 1903

[Note: Son of William Rice & Rachel Magdalene (Glenn) Williams]

Just as we go to press the sad news comes that Maurice Williams died at 7 o’clock Tuesday evening. His remains will be brought here today (Wednesday) and buried in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery

 

Williams, MayBelle (Waggoner) Spivey 16 Oct 1881 - 12 Aug 1972 CCR 17 Aug 1972 p4

[Note: Daughter of Peter & Manerva (Climer) Waggoner; married 20 Oct 1901 Charles Stanton Spivey 23 Oct 1875 - 28 Aug 1916; married 19 Mar 1924 John Will Williams 8 Jul 1874 - 10 Aug 1959; both marriage records spell her name MayBelle; and most family records spell first husband‘s surname Spivey]

Mrs. May Bell Williams, 90. Ozark, died at 6:25 Saturday in the Christian County Nursing Home, Ozark. Mrs. Williams was a lifelong resident of Ozark, and a member of the Ozark Christian church. Survivors include two sons, Ward Spivy, 453 South Main, Springfield and Joe Spivy, 527 South Park, Springfield; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Ozark Christian Church with the Rev. Conrad Kitchell officiating. Burial was in the Ozark IOOF Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Ozark.

Williams, Melvin L. 14 Dec 1924 - 31 Dec 1991  NN-E 9 Jan 1992

[Note: Son of Luther & Georgie (White) Williams; married Shirley]

Melvin L. Williams, 67, Cedarcreek, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1991 in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. He was born in Greene County Dec. 14, 1924 and was the son of Luther and Georgie White Williams. He was a lifelong resident of the Springfield and Cedarcreek areas. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1971 he retired as a water service mechanic for Frisco Railroad. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 5168 in Forsyth. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; four brothers, Eber Williams, Memphis, Tenn., Clyde Williams, Morrisville, and Merlin and Vernon "Pete" Williams, both of Springfield; three sisters, Anna Louise Rathbun, Ozark, Maxine Rupert, Battle Creek, Mich., and Dorothy Thomas, Las Vegas, Nev.; three stepchildren, Vickie Straube and Ricki and Terri Burnett, all of Bowling Green; eight step grandchildren; two aunts; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Friday in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with the Rev. Harold Spradling officiating. Burial was in Springfield National Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Williams, Michael 1962 - 27 Mar 2011 CCH-N 30 Mar 2011

Bruner man drowns in Lake Springfield

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A Bruner man is dead after his canoe capsized in Lake Springfield about 5 p.m. March 27. Michael Williams, 48, was found face down in the water and taken to a Springfield hospital, but paramedics were unable to revive him. “He was out fishing with a friend and they tried to tie the canoe to a buoy when they leaned too far and it flipped over,” said Cpl. Matt Brown, information officer with the Springfield Police Department. “Both of them fell out and his friend was able to swim to shore.” Brown said the friend ran for help and stopped a car on the nearby road. “The witness called 911 and kept the friend from running back in the frigid water after Williams,” he said. “Rescuers arrived a minute later, but it was too late and the water was just too cold.” Brown said the pair were not wearing life jackets, but it was reported they thought their seat cushions could be used as flotation devices.

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