Bobby Anderson Williams

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.