OKOLONA – Luther “Son” Marion Williams Jr., 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home. He was born in Starkville on May 25, 1930, to Luther Williams Sr., and Ruby Sanders Williams. He was a life-long resident of Okolona, graduating from Okolona High School. He served his country in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He retired from the family business of the Deport Grocery and Slaughter House where he was a butcher. His second retirement was from The Rosehill Co. He married Virginia A. “Jenny” Earnest on July 8, 1993. He enjoyed flower gardening, horses, country music and dancing his “William’s 2-step.” He loved his family, especially his grandsons. He was a loving husband, father and granddaddy. He was a member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Holland Funeral Directors of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of almost 20 years, Virginia E. “Jenny” Williams of Okolona; daughter, Anne Martin (Edward) of Houston; special son, Jonathan Morris (Courtney) of Branson, Mo.; brother, Ronnie Williams (Betty) of Aberdeen; sisters, Betty Sue Carlisle of Okolona and Valerie Reifers (Tommy) of Greenwood; his grandchildren, William Scott West (Emily), Luther Ryan West (Ashley), and Joshua Gary Christian (Yolanda); and great-grandchildren, Joshua Lane Christian, Luther Mason West and Makena Ruth West.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nanne Christian; sister, Laverne McCary; brothers-in-law, Charles “Buck” Carlisle and J.B. McCary; and the mother of his children, Helen L. Williams.
Pallbearers will be Mark McCary, Ed Cruse, Hollis Lee Brown, Jacky Moore, Jamie Darnell and the Honorable Kenneth M. Burns. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew McDonald, Jonathan Morris, Dr. Don Smith and staff of Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 12:30 p.m. to service time Friday.