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Obit – Mr. Robert Lewis Williams

Mr. Robert Lewis Williams age 90 of the Defeated Creek Community died peacefully at 5 a.m. Friday morning September 25, 2020 at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where he had been cared for since August 28th of this year.

Because of family members being out of state the funeral services have been scheduled for Friday October 2nd at 3 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with his pastor Bro. Roger Grisham officiating. Burial will follow beside his beloved wife in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

The Williams family will receive friends at Sanderson in Carthage only on Friday October 2nd from 11 a.m. until the services at 3 p.m.

He was born Robert Lewis Williams in the Lancaster Community on June 2, 1930 and was one of three children of the late Toney Williams Jr. who died at the age of 73 on January 16, 1980 and Ollie Miller Stewart Williams who died at the age of 71 on May 12, 1982.

He was preceded in death by his only brother, Frank David Williams who died at the age of 71 on April 23, 2011.

On April 9, 1950 Mr. Williams married the love of his life, the former Erlene Harris. She preceded him in death on February 3, 2014 at the age of 81. They were united in marriage in Rossville, Georgia by then Justice of the Peace, Herman O. Bowman.

For thirty five years Mr. Williams was employed by the Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan and retired in 1991 with the position of District Manager.

He and Mrs. Erlene relocated to a home on Defeated Creek Highway and in 1991 Mr. Williams began serving as a court officer under former Sheriff Johnny Bane and held that position from 1994 until 2006.

The love Mr. and Mrs. Williams had for each other was evident as every week she would come to Carthage and have her hair fixed and they would meet at the former LaVilla and have lunch together.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams attended the Linwood Pentecostal Church in Wilson County.

He had a passion for drag racing in his younger years and was a member of the National Hot Rod Association. The name of his drag racing car was “The Hillbilly”.

Surviving are his seven precious children who were very dear to his heart; five daughters, Jean Field and husband Doug of Shelby Township, Michigan, Jo Hoste of Imlay City, Michigan, Glenda Green and husband Jerry of Big Rapids, Michigan, Patricia Nye and husband Jim of Baxter, Jennifer Dambrosio and fiancée Scot of New Baltimore, Michigan; two sons, former Carthage Police Chief Jimmy Williams and wife Sirena of the Kempville Community, Robert John Williams of Manton, Michigan; sister, Linda Williams Buster of Lebanon; seventeen grandchildren and twenty four great-grandchildren.

The Williams family has requested memorials to the American Cancer Society.