Vernon Lynn Williams, 91, of Miami, Okla., went to be with the Lord July 14, 2022, and he left this life with the same zest that he lived it. During his nine decades, he was a soldier, farmer, investor, rancher, teacher, counselor and friend to many. Family, students, fellow soldiers and neighbors will remember him as a hard-charging, hard-working man of compassion.
He was born in the Twin Oaks Community of Putnam County, on April 23, 1931, and his family moved to nearby Warren County when he was in his early teens. He attended Twin Oaks Elementary School and graduated from Wilhite Elementary School in Putnam County and Central High School in Warren County. After attending Berea College for one year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and saw action as a combat engineer with the 65th Engineer Battalion in Korea (1951-1952) at Heartbreak Ridge, Kumhwa Hill 1062, and in the Punch Bowl battles.
Following his military service, he attended Murray College in Kentucky, and then-Middle Tennessee State College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry and Forage; later, he earned his master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University.
During the next several years, he taught at Irving College School in Warren County until accepting an administrative position in the Tennessee government in the mid and late 1960s. He later returned to Warren County where he worked at various positions in the school system until his retirement and his move to Oklahoma.
In the late 1970s, he bought a ranch in Oklahoma; there he met and married the love of his life, June McFerron Stone, who predeceased him.
Vernon also was predeceased by his beloved parents Toy and Ida (Martin) Williams and sister Mary Ellen (Williams) Cook, also of Warren County, and special parents Roy and Louise (Thaxton) Allison.
He is survived by his brother James C. Williams, sister-in-law Sue Harrell Williams, nephew Darrell C. Cook, niece Gennean (Cook) Black, special niece Melissa Jennings, special neighbors Ginny and Steve Cline and other extended and adopted family.
Vernon requested no public memorial service be held. His remains were cremated. Portions of his ashes were scattered at various places that were dear to him throughout his life with the remainder interred at Bascom Cemetery where a Veterans Marker will be placed in the family plot.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Dec. 2, 2022