Robert M. “Bobby” Williams, 85, of Columbia died Tuesday, April 9.
He was born Nov. 22, 1927 to the late Thomas F. Williams and the late Hannah Turney Williams. He graduated from Central High School in 1946 before he attended Gupton-Jones Mortuary College where he graduated in 1948. He then became a second generation owner of the family’s business, Williams Funeral Home until 1982. He was a longtime member of American Legion Post 19. He was also a member of the West 7th Street Church of Christ.
Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Winston (Pansy) Gant of Morrison; grandchildren Will (Kathleen) Gant Jr., of Nashville and Hannah (Clint) Gribble of McMinnville; great-granddaughters, Caroline Gribble, Annelise Gribble, and Maggie Gant; and special friend and caretaker Olivia Whiteside. He is preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Hannah Williams, and brother Pete Turney Williams.
A graveside service was held Friday, April 12 at 3 p.m. with Jeremy Butt officiating at Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 19.
In his name, memorials may be sent to the Veterans Honor Flight and to West 7th Street Church of Christ of Columbia.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 19, 2013