A Celebration of Life service for Bobby Anderson Williams, 86, Lawrence, will be at 3 pm Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Tom Brady officiating.
Mr. Williams died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born Oct. 31, 1926, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of Paul Jones and Celia Eva Suratt Williams. He graduated from Messick High School in Memphis, where he was an all-state golfer and basketball guard, and later graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Bobby served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a First Lt. Co-Commander. After graduating from college, he was called back into the Army during the Korean Conflict and was sent to Alaska. He worked for DuPont in Tecumseh as a mechanical engineer for many years. He excelled in golf, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He married Virginia L. Pittman on Mar. 21, 1951, in Memphis. She survives of the home. Other survivors include four children, Betsy Ann Russell and husband Randy, Ann Arbor, Mich., Janice Lynn Allet and Vickie Lee Hester, Palm Springs, Calif., and Mark Anderson Williams, San Diego; three grandchildren, Jeremy and Stephanie Russell, and Marine SSgt. Cody Smith; two great grandchildren; a brother, Jack E. Williams, Germantown, Tenn., and five nieces He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul J. Williams.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Douglas County Hospice, or First United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Messages & Condolences
I am so so sorry for all of you, I will always miss Bobby(Mr. Williams). He was so outgoing. I always had great conversations either walking down the street or at Dillions. He always knew the “skinny” on 8th st. I am glad he is out of pain.
TO VIRIGNIA AND FAMILY ,WAS SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS—-A FATHER AND HUSBANDS LOVE LIVES FOR EVER IN OUR HEARTS –LOTS OF GOOD TIMES PLAYING GOLF—AND TALK OF HOW AND WHY THEY MISSED THAT HOLE—BOBBIE WAS A GENTLE AND SWEET MAN–FONDLY DICK AND RUTH
I had known of Bobby’s illness so it was not a shock to read today’s obit. I knew Bobby from the time he and my brother Doug entered Messick’s first grade. Bobby had a great smile and personality. Sympathy to Virginia (my classmate) and children and grandchildren. What a legacy. God bless.
Martha Walker Bunn (Messick ’45)
Dear Aunt Virginia and Cousins Betsy, Janice, Vicky, and Mark,
I am thinking of you all this weekend and sending you love. Uncle Bobby was quite a guy. He was so smart and always had a kind word for me. We all will miss him- especially Daddy.
Dear Virginia and cousins of mine…
I am so glad Bobby is out of pain. He is in a good place now.
We will miss his remarkable memory and his geography lessons.
Dear Virgiia and Family,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, father. Bobby was a true gentleman and always thought of others in his work at Dupont. I had the privege of working with Bobby for 20 years in Tecumseh and always counted on him to keep me up to date on wht was happening to our co-workers in the Lawrence/Topeka area. He will be missed.
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