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George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2812 North Highland, Jackson, TN

OBITUARIO

CMSGT Lawrence Eugene Williams

13 agosto , 19466 agosto , 2019
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Chief Master Sergeant Lawrence Eugene Williams, 72, died at home surrounded by loved ones on August 6, 2019 following a brave battle from lung cancer.

He was born on August 13, 1946 in Jackson, Tennessee, the son of Richard Murray and Euna Oberlin (Smith) Williams. Lawrence graduated from South Side High School, Class of 1965. Following graduation, he served in the United States Air Force (USAF), during the Vietnam War. He served in the reserves and then returned to the USAF in operations as a career until he retired in 1987. Because of his intelligence, dedication, and work ethic he was one of the few to achieve CMSGT, the highest possible NCO rank, in a much earlier timeframe than typical. In 1995, Lawrence started Mid-South Canine Academy. Not only did Lawrence train dogs, but also bred German Shepherds and always said there was no better sound than pitter patter of puppy paws. He retired from training dogs in 2016. Lawrence was an avid walker, and has missed his walking group at Malesus Park; an enthusiastic reader; and family man who had an amazing sense of humor. He was a strong leader and had a gentle soul.

In 1971, Lawrence married Alice “Marie” Russell, who he was introduced to by Marie’s grandmother, Esta Capshaw Russell. They celebrated 48 years of marriage in June with much of their marriage spent traveling. Theirs was a traditional marriage built on love, laughter, and mutual respect. Many wonderful memories were made traveling abroad with the USAF, especially in Germany, and they loved to reminisce about those days in their later years. They were loving parents to their only child, Mona Marie Williams-Hayes, of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Marie, and his daughter, Mona and her husband, Brett Mark Hayes, and his two granddaughters, Sydney Marie (15) and Sadie Ann (12) Hayes; his older brother, Richard Larry Williams (Madalyn “Mandy” Riley); and his younger sister, Doris Irene Williams Radcliffe (Steve) and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Murray and Oberlin Williams.

Our family would like to offer our deepest gratitude to Kirkland’s Cancer Center for their excellent care and compassionate hearts, with a special appreciation of Drs. Franz and Georgiou and nurse Kim. Additionally, we will be forever thankful for the wonderful care of Hospice of West Tennessee, especially Carol, Michelle, Tina, and Stephanie. Finally, a special thanks to South Side High School, Class of 1965. Lawrence loved his classmates and felt humbled by all the calls, cards, and messages.

The family will receive friends and loved ones on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons. A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parker’s Crossroads.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations made in Lawrence’s memory to either Wounded Warrior or a local Humane Society.

Servicios

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones lunes, 12 agosto , 2019
  • The Graveside Service martes, 13 agosto , 2019

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Ann Callahan

14 agosto , 2019

My memory of Lawrence is how much he shined and overflowed with pride and joy when Mona and Brett got married. He left an enduring positive impression on me just like I am sure he did with many other people and animals around him. I also send love to Marie as she transitions into this new phase of life. I pray Marie feels the healing comfort of all those around her.

Sandy Willingham

11 agosto , 2019

Marie and Mona, words cannot explain how truly sorry I am for your loss. My heart is literally breaking for y'all. I am so blessed to be able to say Lawrence was MY brother in law. I am so proud he chose to be in our family. My heart can't quit crying for y'all. I know my baby girl was there at those pearly gates to welcome him home. RIP LAWRENCE YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. I LOVE YOU

Tim Williams

7 agosto , 2019

It is with great sadness when one of our classmates passes away. But being a military brother makes the sadness even greater. RIP Lawrence, you’ve earned it.

Lisa Whatley-Pearson

7 agosto , 2019

Growing up I was always so excited to hear when you all would be coming to Mothers. I looked forward to your visit every summer. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your precious memories give you strength and comfort for the coming days. Hugs and Love for you both!

Tito Castaneda

7 agosto , 2019

I had the pleasure of working for Chief Williams in 1986-87. He was by far the best Supervisor I worked for in my 41 yrs of military and civil service. He was fair and consistant at all times which created a healthy environment to work in. May you RIP always Chief. God bless you my friend.

Flora Hensley Harbin

7 agosto , 2019

Marie, I am so sorry to hear about Larry’s homegoing. We are praying for you and your family. God surround you with His loving arms, and give you peace, as you all celebrate Larry’s life. Flora Hensley Harbin

Jenny Butler

7 agosto , 2019

I've known Lawrence since early grade school at J B Young. He was always friendly, happy, and enjoyed life. He was a member of our South Side High School graduating class of 1965 and will be sorely missed by his classmates. Prayers are with Marie and the family!

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