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OBIT: Osteen Williams of Defeated Creek, TN

OsteenWilliamsMr. Osteen Williams of the Defeated Creek Community died at the age of 91 at 11:08 p.m. Saturday evening September 3, 2016 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage where he was admitted August 29th following a period of declining health.

Graveside service with full military honors by the Veteran’s Honor Guard, were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning September 7th with his pastor, Eld. Chase Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

The eldest of four children, he was born Ryman Osteen Williams in the Difficult Community on April 1, 1925 and was the son of longtime Difficult Community merchant, the late Chester Clarence (C.C.) Williams who died at the age of 82 on September 26, 1985 and Graveltown Community native Fannie Jewell Earps Williams who died at the age of 94 on October 13, 2000.

On June 7, 1946 in Union County, Georgia he was united in marriage to Defeated Creek Community native, the former Altia Emogene West.

They were preceded in death by two children, Wayne Keith Williams who died at the age of five months on December 11, 1962 and Ronald Neal Williams who died in a Nashville auto accident at the age of 25 on July 27, 1973.

Mr. Williams was saved in September of 1936 at the age of 11 under the preaching of the late Eld. Calvin “Cal” Gregory and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Defeated Creek Missionary Baptist Church at Difficult where he remained a faithful member until his death.

Mr. Williams proudly served our country with the United States Army from October 19, 1943 until being honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class at Camp Swift, Texas on November 4, 1946.

For his meritorious service in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Rhineland in Northern France and the the Ardennes he received the Infantry Combat Badge, the European African Middle Eastern Theater of Operations Service Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, a Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

For his meritorious achievement in ground combat battle against the armed enemy he was awarded the prestigious U. S. Army Bronze Star Medal.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. Emogene, his wife of over seventy years, he is survived by two sons, Mark Williams and wife Sandy Kemp Williams of Gallatin, Joe Williams and wife Ellen Kemp Williams of Mt. Juliet; sister, Faye Williams Hawkins of Donelson; brother, Bobby Wright Williams and wife Retta Jones Williams of the Difficult Community; four grandchildren, Chad Williams and wife Glenda of the Tanglewood Community; Jennifer Williams of Gallatin, Carl Williams and wife Amanda of Hendersonville, Casin Williams and fiancée Stephanie of Carthage; five great-grandchildren, Austin, Abbi, Jack and Anna Williams and Lyric Robinson.

The Williams family requests memorials to the Defeated Creek Missionary Baptist Church.