Billy Joe Williams, 89, Cedar Point, passed away on Nov. 26 at Family Health and Rehabilitation in Wichita.
Billy’s life began on March 11, 1930, in Harrell, Arkansas. He was the son of Fred and Leuna (Mulligan) Williams.
Billy was a 1949 graduate of Harrell High School and served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He was united in marriage to the former Margie Sue Thompson on June 26, 1953, in Harrell.
Billy worked in the oil fields, refinery, drove a truck, and farmed. When he was a young man, he worked at the grocery store ice house, hauling up to 300-pound blocks of ice. He worked one summer clearing trees for pastures for five dollars for the summer and was always a hardworking man.
Bill enjoyed cutting horses as a young man and as a father, supporting his children’s sporting events. Bill wore out a car every few years attending his son or daughter’s games.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 308 in Florence.
His greatest joy was his family, which includes his wife Margie of Cedar Point; children Gary (Terry) Williams of Goddard and Gayla (Will) Soyez of Goddard; grandchildren Carl Williams, Elliot and Samantha Soyez; and four great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters.
His family gathered with friends Sunday at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.
Bill’s funeral service was Monday at Florence Christian Church, and he was laid to rest in Cedar Point Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions in his name can be directed to Good Shepherd Hospice or Florence Christian Church.