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Services to honor and celebrate the life of John Raymond Williams will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at North Park Trinity Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Rice Funeral Service. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. John passed away March 8, 2016 at the Claremore Veteran’s Center. He was 84. John Raymond Williams was born Feb. 3, 1932 in Welch, Okla. to Leonard Williams and Anna Gertrude (Ryan) Williams. He attended and graduated from Bluejacket High School in 1950. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1954. John then returned home to Vinita, where he married Mary Ingram on February 17, 1956. While in Vinita, this couple grew to a family of three with the birth of daughter, Beth. As an installer for AT&T, John was always traveling and spending time away from home. Thus, he always enjoyed and looked forward to returning home to Claremore to spend time with his family — now of four with the birth of son, Greg. In fact, he thought of home as his vacation, and even took vacation days to stay home and paint the house. After twenty-five years with AT&T, he retired in 1983 and then went to work for Catoosa Public Schools. A four year stint in the maintenance department led him on his next career path to the Claremore Veteran’s Center. He retired in 2002 after more than fifteen years. John was a faithful member of Memorial Heights Baptist Church for more than 40 years and later joined North Park Trinity Baptist where he currently attended. His unwavering faith in God was visible in every area of his life. It made him a more devoted husband, father and grandfather; a better friend and an even more valued employee. A favorite past time for John was that of working on cars. He even took a class at the vo-tech where he learned the art of auto painting. John could always be found tinkering on something. The kids said there was no need for a repairman because dad fixed everything. He also liked gardening and watching his vegetables grow. John is survived by his daughter, Beth Stewart and husband, Pat of Tulsa; son, Greg Williams and wife, Anita of Claremore; grandchildren, Tara and Emily Williams and Ryan Stewart; special friend, Dollie Jones of Claremore; siblings, Ann Davis of Coalgate and Marty Williams of Carl Junction, MO. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Anna Williams; wife, Mary Williams; and siblings, Lynell Lemons, Tom Williams, Geraldine Cook, Lucille Birkebile, and Dottie Littrel.
Published on  March 11, 2016
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