Joe Williams

May 13, 1928May 18, 2020
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Joe Williams' long life ended peacefully in his home with his family on Monday, May 18, 2020, at the age of 92.

Willie Joe Williams was born May 13, 1928, to Willie B. Williams and Ethie Reece Williams in Martin's Mill, Texas. He graduated high school from Martin's Mill in 1946, and then moved to Dallas to help his father doing carpenter work. He was an entrepreneur, salesman, carpenter, businessman, general jack of all trades and a self-made man. He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He served on the Martin's Mill Board of Trustees from 1973 to 1975. He was a life long member of the Martin's Mill Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and song leader for many years.

Following the war, Joe worked for Gulf Oil for five years. He then started Williams Construction in Dallas where he built homes for 25 years. Then purchased a Chevrolet Dealership in Mabank, which later became Williams Chevrolet Buick, where he bought and sold cars for 25 years. Joe then retired to devote full time to his family farm.

In 1949, Joe married Sue Helen Buford, and they had a long and happy marriage of 70 years. Joe and Sue raised two wonderful children, Keith and Tanna. Throughout his life, he loved his family and many close friends.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Sue of Martin's Mill; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Karen Williams of Martin's Mill; daughter and son-in-law, Tanna and Carlos Remedios of Arlington; very special close friend, Carlos Morales of Martin's Mill; granddaughter, Tiffany Whitus of Martin's Mill; grandson and wife, Ryan and Amanda Williams of Martin's Mill; granddaughter and husband, Lynzi and Tommy Edwards of Gilmer; grandson, Colby Remedios of Arlington; granddaughter, Kendra Remedios of Arlington; seven great-grandchildren: Braleigh and Paisleigh Whitus, Aubrey and Krew Williams, Deyton, Andi and Ripp Edwards; sister, Marguerite McEvoy; sister-in-law, Maurine Lowrie; nieces and nephews: Denny McEvoy, Kay and Gordon Grubbs, Randy and Brandi Shapiro, and Debbie and Coy Dodd; and many other beloved relatives and friends.

Mr. Williams is preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Pete Fancher; brother-in-law, Bruce Lowrie; and in-laws, Aubrey and Mattie Buford, and long time friend, David McAdams.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with Bro. Lee Welch officiating. Interment will be in Holly Springs Cemetery in Martin's Mill.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Please be mindful of social distancing.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


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Angela Cole

May 24, 2020

Joe Williams was my neighbor all growing up. He always radiated positivity and care. My fiancé only met him one time, but felt the same way about their one conversation. A wise and kind man.

Melody and Brenda Phillips

May 23, 2020

We enjoyed seeing all the pictures so wanted to send a photo of us all grown up!
This was taken last summer!

Cathy Chaney

May 21, 2020

Joe was one of the first to welcome Dan and I when we moved into the Martins Mill community. Shared some wonderful times with both him and Sue. My love, sympathy and prayers are with Sue and all the family.

Elaine Pendergrass

May 21, 2020

I don’t believe I ever saw Joe without a smile on his face. And I loved hearing the stories he told about how he and Sue would pick me up when I was a baby and take me on their dates! He lived a long, full life and I will miss him. Such a sweet man.
Thank you, Williams family, for all of the photos. It was a joy to see Sue, Tanna, Keith, Maureen, Bruce and all the babies! Our families share many memories. Now my dad and momma , Kenneth and Norma, and my sister Linda and brother Jimmy will welcome him in Heaven. May your hearts be soothed knowing that we will see them all again. Stay safe during this time. All my love, Elaine 214.502.3644

Melody Phillips Jesiolowski Brenda Phillips Gyoerkoes

May 21, 2020

Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and memories of this amazing man. He was very much loved and will surely be missed. Brenda and I wish to send our love and virtual hugs.
We have many fond memories of all of you . Hopefully, we will make it that way In the future and talk about old times.
Because of this pandemic we were unable to attend and that saddens us deeply.
Again, love from Us.

Vicky Robbins

May 20, 2020

Joe was the sweetest man and will always be my favorite song leader. I’m sure he’s tapping his foot in heaven. Much love!

Larry Thompson

May 19, 2020

Mr. Joe will be greatly missed. I was blessed to get to sell cars for him for nearly 3 years and came to know him very well (as well as he’d allow, lol) Later, during the times he had health issues a few years ago I saw him in Walmart and said hello and nearly walked off without telling him what I’d told several people over the years. I couldn’t leave without telling him thank you and that he was the BEST MAN I’d ever worked for and till this day it holds true. You’ll be missed and prayers for Ms. Sue and the family. God bless you all.

Sandra Nanny Sam Knecht

May 19, 2020

Mr. Williams
Joe is a kind loving good man great to everyone love life never meet a stranger.
He will be missed. Love this great man. He singing with the in peace....

Tony Harvey

May 19, 2020

Joe Williams is a good man. Part of this life is about making memories. I have fond memories of Joe leading singing at Martins Mill Baptist Church. I can hear him singing the chorus:
“Mansions will glisten on the hills of glory. Happy reunions on streets of gold. Angel choirs singing glad praises forever. But Jesus will outshine them all”.
I am glad to know Joe and call him friend. I appreciate his frankness and sincerity. When Joe asked how your family was doing, he really meant it.
I mourn for Joe and will miss seeing him and the conversations had at the Martins Mill Store.
Sue Helen and family, Paula and I pray for you all. What a blessing that God gave Joe a long and fulfilling life. He touched many lives as a living example of being a hard worker and a friend to those he encountered. May God bring comfort to you all as only He can do during this time.

Rickie Pagitt

May 19, 2020

Several years ago Joe and I road a fan bus to a Martins Mill state basketball playoff in Austin. I got to visit with him
A lot. I always think of that memory. I never heard an unkind word from him or about him. He will be missed. So sorry for the families loss as well as to our community.


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