Reverend Captain (Ret.) R. M. “Bill” Williams, age 80, of Valley, Alabama passed away on Monday, November 16th, 2020 at Valley Park Manor. He was born on January 3rd, 1940 in Fawn River, Michigan.
Reverend Williams is survived by his children, Jennifer Williams (Jeff) Goodwin and Jason Williams; his grandchildren, Jaylin Goodwin and Jenna Goodwin; his siblings, Lindy (Joanie) Cox, David (Connie) Cox, Mark Cox, Jenean Aviza, Amy Jensen , and Debbie (John) Hedstrom, his nephew, Jim Hergott; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joy Hatchett Williams; his parents, Howard and Maxine Cox and Kenneth Frederick Williams and Hazel Worthington Williams; his siblings, Donald Williams, Richard Williams, Carl Williams, and Sherita Sutton.
Reverend Williams retired from the U.S. Army as a Captain after a twenty year career that included serving three tours of duty in the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division, the Green Berets, and Delta Force. During that time he also trained John Wayne for his role in the movie “The Green Berets”. Following his military service, Rev. Williams taught school as an elementary school teacher in Chambers County for twenty years. After teaching, Reverend Williams served as a United Methodist minister for the next twenty years at various churches, including Langdale United Methodist Church where he was a member. He was a member of the Valley Kiwanis Club, Shriners International, and was Chaplain of American Legion Post #67.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 21st, 2020 at 11:00 AM (EST) at the graveside in Langdale Cemetery. The Reverends Rusty Tate and Mike Stonebreaker will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Langdale United Methodist Church in his memory.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Valley Park Manor for the loving care they provided.
Please visit Reverend Williams’ Memorial Tribute page at www.johnsonbrownservicefh.com to leave a condolence for his family, to share a memory of Reverend Williams, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.
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