Stonewall Jackson WilliamsJanuary 31, 1926 ~ August 1, 2017 (age 91)
A Celebration of Life will be held for Stonewall Jackson Williams, 91 of Longview, on Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at 2:00 P.M., in the Chapel of Welch Funeral Home where Reverend Scott Schulik will officiate. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, August 1st, encircled by his family after a sudden stroke. While his family is deeply saddened by this great loss, they rejoice in the fact that he is reunited in heaven with his wife, Betty, who passed away in January of this year. He was also preceded in death by his parents, J.O. and Mary Williams, sister, Annette Leggitt and brothers, Vernon, Edward and Kenneth.
He was born on January 31st, 1926, in Searcy, Arkansas. He was an all-star high school baseball player and was offered a position with the St. Louis Cardinals, but he declined, as he elected to join the navy and support his family. He proudly served our country as a Quartermaster in the United States Navy, stationed in the Philippines during World War II. He would later go to work for Chevron Corporation and retired in his early sixties.
He moved to Longview in 1952 with his wife, Betty and their two children. The couple would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this year.
Stonewall, more commonly known as Stoney, enjoyed sports, hunting and fishing in his younger days. In his later years he became an avid golfer and loved traveling to beautiful courses around the world. He never missed a meal prepared for him by his wife, and his favorite course was always dessert. He was a loving father and proud pawpaw to his two grandchildren and most recently a doting great grand-pawpaw to his two great-grandsons. He rarely had a conversation without showing off their pictures, and they adored him just as much. He was generous, kind, steadfast and honest. He enjoyed a good joke, and his smile always had the slightest flicker of mischief. He loved cruising the Oak Forrest Country Club in his custom golf cart where he knew everyone by name. If you met him on the course, you likely didn't walk away without an unsolicited but invaluable golf lesson. His absence is felt deeply by those who knew and loved him.
Stoney is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Denise Williams of Longview, Texas; daughter, Diane Williams of McKinney, Texas; granddaughter, Rayven Walker and husband, Alex Walker and his great-grandsons, Silas and Axel Walker of Coppell, Texas; grandson, Grayson Williams of Dallas, Texas as well as brothers, Darrell Williams and Winford Williams of Searcy, Arkansas.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation in the garden court of Welch Funeral Home Friday August 4th, 2017 from 5 o'clock in the evening until 7 o'clock in the evening.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family request with gratitude that donations be made in his wife, Betty's honor to The American Cancer Society.
A memorial guestbook may be signed online at www.welchfuneral.com