2008-10-09 / Obituaries


Earl Leo Williams, 77, of Jackson died Oct. 3, 2008 at Regency Hospital in Meridian, Miss.

He was born July 3, 1931. He was

retired from the

United States Army in February, 1972 at Ft. Belvoir, Va. He served in the Korean Conflict and two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received many commendations and citations including the Bronze Star medal, Army Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, combat infantryman badge, Korean service medal, United Nations Service medal, National Defense Service medal with oak leaf cluster, army of occupational medal (Germany), Vietnam Service medal and Vietnam Campaign medal with Device 60. He was a member of the St. Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson where he served as a deacon, superintendent of Sunday school, and Sunday school teacher. He was a 32nd degree mason, Jackson Masonic Lodge Number 139, a past patron of the Morning View chapter No. 101 Order of the Eastern Star. He later retired a second time from Allied Paper Company in Jackson.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn E. Jackson; three sons, Johnnie (Ann) Williams, Ronnie (Theresa) Williams, both of Mobile, Raymond (Melissa) Williams, Gulfport, Miss.; two daughters, Carolyn (John) Jackson, Jackson, Bettye (Vernon) Lowe, Selma; two brothers, Isaac (Ruth) Williams, Washington, D.C., Luther (Barbara) Williams Jr., Jackson; five sisters, Clara Woods, Lurie Jackson, Marie Williams, all of Birmingham, Sarah Barnwell, Los Angeles, Calif., Margaret Dean, Jackson; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 10 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Funeral Home with a second viewing on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service at St. Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. James M. Howard to officiate. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Jackson with full military honors. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home will direct.

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