George Williams (8-9-15) service 8-13-15
George Michael Williams made his first impact on this earth on Nov. 2, 1956, in Memphis, welcomed by his parents, John Edgar and Virginia Vise Williams. During the next 58 years, nine months, and seven days he would positively touch the lives of innumerable people, impacting far more than his increasingly large circle of friends.
George completed four years at the University of Illinois and enough time with the Navy that he could retire from the service after attaining the position of Chief of Electronics. Eventually he became a resident of Hardin County, raising his two daughters there and changing the lives of countless others.
Patriot would probably have been a better middle name for George than Michael; after his service in the Navy he became a member of the American Legion and their affiliate group, the Riders of Freedom, as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars. If ever the military could not provide a service for a deceased veteran, one call to George remedied the problem; he would put together a group to fill the void and grant the family’s request.
He was also a member of the Savannah Lions Club and Woodmen of the World, but his true dedication was to Savannah Church of Christ where he was a member and mentor for the church’s youth. His work with the office of the Hardin County Assessor of Property and his part time duties with Shackelford Funeral Directors in Savannah rarely kept him from participating in the activities of the youth group. George was generally the designated bus driver for their trips as well as for the older Mighty Oaks. As a matter of fact, very few youth group pictures can be found that do not include George.
Aside from helping with the church’s youth program, George enjoyed doing genealogical research on Ancestry.com as well as riding motorcycles and fixing cars, but he found his greatest pleasure in his grandsons.
George Michael Williams left us suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 9, while doing something he truly loved, going on an outing with the young people of the church.
He leaves to mourn his passing his two daughters, Megan Williams of Savannah and Jami Weldon of Cartersville, Georgia; his four sisters, Linda Witten of Louisville, Kentucky, Kathy Boone of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Donna Pirtle of Pickwick Dam and DeShawn Martin, also of Pickwick Dam; his four brothers, Gerald Coursey of Florida, Wayne Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, Duane Wright of Pickwick Dam and Darren Wright, also of Pickwick Dam; his step-mother, Dorothy Williams of Pickwick Dam; his three grandsons, Ryder Michael Horton, Alden Shay Kiddy and James Ender Ingram; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Johnny Williams.
Memorial donations may be made to Savannah Church of Christ Youth Group or American Legion Association or to the Veteran of Foreign Wars Association.
Services were held on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m., at Savannah Church of Christ in Savannah with Jim Chamblee, Chuck Morris and Dustin Perkins officiating, with burial in the White Sulphur Cemetery at Pickwick Dam.