Paul N. Williams

July 9, 1929November 21, 2011

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

With his family by his side, Paul N. Williams, Sr., our gentle giant, passed on to a better life November 21, 2011. Paul was born in Quitman, Mississippi on July 9, 1929. His family moved to Lufkin, Texas where he attended high school, lettered in three sports and met Charlene Stroud, his childhood sweetheart. He attended the University of Texas on a football scholarship and played four years for his beloved Longhorns. After graduation, he worked for Humble Oil and Refining Company (Exxon). He worked for Exxon for 37 years and retired in Abilene. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the Beacon Sunday School Class.

He was preceded in death by his parents, OB and Pauline Williams; his twin sister, Pauline Moranto; and his first wife, Charlene. He is survived by their children, Bobbye (Mrs. Lloyd) Summy, Dianne (Mrs. Pat) Phillips and Paul Williams, Jr. and wife, Susan. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, (Kathlene, Stewart, Lane, Lauren, Sandra Ruth, James and Jael), two great-grandchildren, (Caden and Charlotte); his sister Sandra (Mrs. Clark) Beaird, and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his second love, Sharon and her children, Rebecca (Mrs. Gonzalo) Castillo, Mindy (Mrs. Michael) McMaude, Kristin (Mrs. Russ) Sigman and four grandchildren, Ashley, Carlos, Joshua and Annabelle.

In addition to his family, he is survived by his faithful friend, nap buddy and companion, his dog Mackenzie.

Paul was a very private person and wanted a private family time of remembrance. There will be a family graveside service in Huntington, Texas conducted at a later date. Paul would like for his friends and family to remember him telling a joke, playing golf, hunting, talking about the Longhorns, bragging about his children and grandchildren, or in any way that makes them smile. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or your favorite charity.

Sharon and Paul would like to thank all our family, friends, and our church families for being there for us as we dealt with Paul's illnesses. We also want to thank the caring people at Abilene Regional that took care of Paul in his last days.


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December 2, 2011

Dot Burch, Mary Beth Jamison and Peter Paul Cooney offer their condolences to the family.

Betty( Potter Fry) Jacobs

December 2, 2011

Dec. 02, 2011
Holman King told me of Paul's death. I knew Paul and Charlene at the University of Texas where I was Charlene's room mate. Later, after we got together after we each had our first child, we discovered that they had named thier baby girl, Bobbye Ruth after her parents and that I had named my first born, Georgia Ann after my parents. The last times that I saw Paul were at Charlene's bedside just before she died and in 1989 when Paul came to my wedding to Ross Jacobs in Dallas. Paul asked if I knew any widows to fix him up with. I immediately thought of the hunting dogs that slept with him and wasn't sure that I could set him up. As it turned out, I didn't need to help him out.I have some special memories of Paul, Charlene and their three children.
When Charlene's mother was in Sears Retirement home, her final room mate was the mother of another longtime friend of mine, Edna Long. The Longs were our neighbors in College Station when we all lived on Jersey Street (now "Old Jersey")
When lifelong friends die, a little of you goes with them but we are left with the memories of our time together. My love goes out to Paul's family

Lauren Records

December 1, 2011

I love you and miss you granddaddy.

Roger Mercer

November 30, 2011

Good evening from Lufkin. I was a friend of Paul's a long time ago and I have a story to tell you about what a fine friend and gentleman he was. I worked with Paul at Humble Oil, later Exxon. We were both in the Midland district and later I was a sales manager and regional coordinator. I tell you that only to give you a place and time of our relationship. 1970's
At different times we had the same boss Jim Montgomery, the meanest, nicest boss I ever had. He actually expected you to do your job in a fast and timely. We both got along well with Jim. He was an ex-pro football player, ruled with an iron hand and backed his employees 100%. Jim was a good guy and because I was young and single, he manage to get me promoted and for a time Paul worked for me. Later in the Dallas Region we worked together on a few projects. To work for Exxon meant you were one of the best and we had complete authority in our markets. Your father/grandfather was one of those rare men that a handshake and his word was all you needed. It was better contract than anything that you could put in writing.
After a few years in the Dallas region, I was un-happy. I missed the Jim Montgomery's and Paul William's of the Exxon I knew, I was ready to leave. I looked around and found a Datsun dealership in Lufkin, Texas. It was pretty scary to leave good jobs with my new wife and move to a city I had visited one time. On top of that Datsun told us that we had to actually run the dealership for a few months before they would approve us as a Datsun dealer. We showed up in town with a U-Haul Trailer and a desire to buy a car dealership.
Also at that time no financing was available from Datsun, we would need to go to our local bank. Seems it was called First Bank back than, 34 years ago. Well we walked in having already been turned down by one local bank and were immediately brought into Bubba Shands office. Bubba welcomed us to town and asked why we were at the bank. We told him we needed money to buy the dealership and a house. He turned to one of the officers and said give the Mercer's anything they want. We were stunned but than he added that someone he played football with at UT made a personal call to him and said that we were great folks and I was the best boss he had ever had so help us all he could. By now you have guessed, it was Paul.
To this day, I never miss a chance to tell folks this story. Just that one little act of kindness changed our lives. He forever impacted our lives and I am grateful.
Our deepest regrets he was a fine gentleman, Roger & Robin Mercer

Ann Stroud

November 27, 2011

It was tons of fun when we all got together with the Strouds in Lufkin ....... many happy memories ...... thank you Paul.

Randall Stroud

November 26, 2011

I remember many wonderful memories with Uncle Paul playing cards, watching football (Texas vs Texas A&M) and hunting. I will always treasure these memories!

November 26, 2011

I remember many wonderful memories with Uncle Paul playing cards

Nan and Tommy McAdams

November 26, 2011

Sharon, you have our deepest and most sincere sympathy. We are thinking of you. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

David Lott

November 25, 2011

I remember the wonderful times we had playing football together as the Lufkin Panthers there in Lufkin High School. I learned first hand how he got the nickname Freight Train Williams! A Great man and a great friend.

November 25, 2011

Sharon...We are sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He was such a wonderful guy...always a good word for everone he met. Please give our warm regards to all the children, especially Paul, Jr.. as we came to know him a little better from hunting trips...You took wonderful care of him, Sharon, and I hope that is a comfort to you....Doris and Tom Tatum, Lufkin.