Walter Edward Williams

April 19, 1934October 10, 2020

Walter E. Williams The Builder 1934 to 2020 He’s gone, but his talents remain on display throughout the state of Oklahoma, which he loved. His skills included building bridges and roads with the Oklahoma State Highway Department and U.S. Corp of Engineers. Other projects included the Blue Rib- bon Downs race track, the first in Oklahoma. He designed and built their home, as well as apartment houses, a restaurant and nursing homes. Walt served on the board for the Methodist Children’s Home in Tahlequah and helped wire the barns at the Methodist Boys’ Ranch located at Tenkiller Lake. He served as a trustee of the First United Meth- odist Church, Anadarko. He supported projects for the Verden United Methodist Church. He was also known to have the ability to repair most anything mechanical. Some of the bridges he built were metaphorical in nature: allowing others to cross them through education and guidance assisting them to improve their current situation. Even though he spoke with wisdom, knowledge and lots of teasing, some of his often used words contained four letters; much to the delight of his friends and to the conster- nation of the ladies. His work ethic was indisputable by evidence of locally owning or managing a drug store, a ranch, Williams’ Tire, The Linen Chest, Paint Bucket, The Broker, and the Plant Hollar. He served as administrator for five of the OK Nursing Homes, Inc. as well as Friendship Manor. As a licensed pesticide applicator, he oversaw insect and rodent con- trol at Golden Peanut. He worked tractor pulls and was an avid FFA booster and former member. Walter sang in statewide church choirs and cantatas wherever they lived and did staging for many. With Diane as the pianist, the rest of the family would sing four part harmony, adding to his deep bass voice. He loved hosting gatherings such as wiener roasts and witch hunting with his grandchil- dren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed grilling steaks as an excuse to have parties on the porch. He believed we should take care of our environmental resources and con- tinued to plant trees, feed the birds and made sure the bees and deer were watered. His interests included preserving and sharing artifacts and the history of Anadarko, Cad- do County and Oklahoma. Walter served as First Sergeant, 95th Division, Basic Combat Training Unit, U.S. Army Reserves and as an undercover Caddo County Deputy Sheriff for a time. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Patricia and two daughters, Debbie Riddle (Jim) and Diane Gantt. The family includes three grandchildren and seven great-grandchil- dren. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Masked friends are wel- come to call at the family home any afternoon this week. When asked what he would do if he could do anything in the world he replied, “Build a soup kitchen.” Therefore, honorariums to Monday Meals of the Anadarko United Meth- odist Church would honor him.”


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Karen Jorgenson Smith

October 21, 2020

Oh this breaks my heart. Walter was my father's lunch partner at Brookdale. I was there almost every day and loved Walter like an Uncle. He was my buddy especially when I played the piano. He sang along with everything I played but the most precious memory I have was the last time I played there in January. I played an arrangement of It Is Well With My Soul.. He, of course, was singing along beautifully. When I came to the last chorus, I didn't play the melody on the first "It is well...." lead part. I just let Walter sing it acapella...then I answered on the piano with the alto, part"It is well"... We did that back and forth for the entire last chorus. I was in tears. It was so special. With his eyes closed, praising his Savior. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to know and love Walter. My dad will miss him terribly. I'm so sorry for you incredible loss Pat. He was a remarkable man indeed.

Anne Sturdevant

October 14, 2020

I have known Walter most of my life. The first time I met, him I knew I would never forget him. Walter had a huge personality. He married my cousin Pat and he loved her with gusto! Just like he loved life! What an enormous and caring personality. A very nice man.

Charles Baucom

October 13, 2020

I first met Walter when I reported to work for Okla Hwy Dept in 1961. He was my Mentor & taught me many life lessons until he left for BIA. We remained friends For several yrs & lost contact. Will forever be grateful & thankful for his guidance & friendship. RIP my fren


October 13, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Walter at his daughter Diane's college graduation party. Never did I see a prouder daddy! We had such a great time laughing and sharing in Diane's celebration. His love for his wife and daughter was palpable (especially his wife!).

I know his family will miss him greatly, however, his memories will live forever within his family and friends.

Walter, you lived a great life, your family is proof of that.


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