In the late 1960s, Mr. Malcolm H. Williams, a local road builder, traded property he owned in the industrial section of Bayou Chico in Pensacola, Florida, for a house and property located at 619 New Warrington Road that was owned by State Representative Roy L. Hess at the time.
Mr. Williams and his wife, Myrtle, lived in the house only for a few years before deciding, at the urging of a nephew who was a licensed funeral director in Georgia, to build a funeral home on the property. Using the existing house as the main entranceway into the facility, the Williams family, now with the assistance of their son W.H. Bill Williams, added a modern 12,000 square-foot facility, including the largest funeral home chapel in Pensacola, seating almost 300 people.
The Williams sought out and retained the best funeral directors to serve families in need for their new funeral home. Mr. Zona Cutchen, a well-known Pensacola funeral director, was named manager of Oak Lawn Funeral Home before opening its doors to the community in December 1974. In 1986, W.H. Bill Williams, Jr. served as an apprentice funeral director under Mr. Cutchen before receiving his funeral director’s license a year later.
Bill Williams Sr. became the owner of the funeral home after the death of Malcolm Williams in 1975. He continued to operate the funeral home with his son, Bill, Jr., and Mr. Cutchen until selling the firm to an affiliate of Service Corporation International® in 1988.
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