OBITUARY

Paul Lanham Williams

May 19, 1930December 9, 2012

Paul Lanham Williams passed away December 9, 2012 after a courageous battle with Type 1 Diabetes which had lasted more than 50 years.

Paul grew up in Steubenville, Ohio graduating from Steubenville High School in 1948, where he played varsity baseball and basketball and was president of his class.

He proudly pitched in the College World Series for the Ohio State University in 1951, was president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and graduated from Ohio State in 1952. He remained an avid fan of OSU sports all his life.

Paul was drafted into the Army in 1952 during the Korean War. He then worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company for 38 years, retiring as manager of corporate accounting. He was co-founder of the Firestone Credit Union and served on its Board of Directors for over 50 years.

He is a long time resident of Fairlawn and served on the zoning board for several years. He was a member of St. Hilary Catholic Church since 1962.

Although Paul lived many years with numerous complications from early onset diabetes, he was never one to complain and somehow always retained a positive spirit and his sense of humor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lorraine, his three sons Chris (Holly) of Brunswick, Gary (Laura) of Broadview Heights, and Rob (Joanna) of Scottsdale, Arizona. He also leaves behind 10 wonderful grandchildren - Bethany, Matthew, Benjamin, Marie, Michelle, Paul, Mark, Kevin, Becky and James.

Also missing Paul very much are sisters Kay Bechtel of Findlay and Bev (Ken) Barker of Fairlawn, brother Charles (JoAnn) of Brilliant, sisters-in-law Shirley (Dave) Stofka of Cuyahoga Falls, Beverly Phillips of Stow, brothers-in-law Frank Phillips and William (Ramona) Phillips of Highland Park, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Friday December 14 from 4-7pm at the CATAVOLOS FUNERAL HOME 3653 W. Market St. Fairlawn. Funeral services will be held Saturday 10:30 am at St. Hilary Church 2750 W. Market St. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) Entombment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made in Paul’s name to Haven of Rest Ministries 175 E. Market St. Akron, OH 44308.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2012
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michael pelini

December 17, 2012

My prayers are with the entire family in this time of sorrow.

Fran

December 14, 2012

Rob, my sympathies on your loss. Sounds like your father was an amazing man who had a wonderful, full life. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Fran

Ron Poitinger

December 13, 2012

So sorry to see my next door neighbor, golfing buddy, poker buddy and Northfield buddy where we had great times at the harness races. My deepest sympathy to Lorraine and the kids. May God be with you.

Keith Whitmore

December 13, 2012

I am sorry for your loss... I know my Dad, Bob Whitmore, was friends with Mr. Williams and thought highly of him. God Bless your family...

Keith Whitmore
Eustis, Florida

Ruth Ottiger

December 13, 2012

Gary and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad.You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad is with his God and the Angels.I hope you can find some peace knowing that love and light and Prayers surround all of you.If I can do anything please let me know.I think back to all the years of yesteryear since kindergarden we have all known eachother. Sending you much love my friend to you and your family, Ruthie

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