Joseph Arthur Williams

Joseph Arthur Williams, 81 of Mt. Jackson, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Williams was born June 9, 1932 in Newport, RI, son of the late Joseph Arthur Williams, Sr. and Geraldine Mary Codarre Williams.

He served in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict and did a tour of duty in Guam. He taught a class of West Point Cadets before his discharge in 1952.

He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mt. Jackson, choir, Altar Guild, property committee and served many years on church council. He joined the Masons in June 1962 and was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post 2447 in Edinburg.

He worked as an electrician and retired from Trumbo Electric in 1996.

He was elected as Mayor of Mt. Jackson in 1998, serving four terms. He volunteered in various organizations for the Town of Mt. Jackson, Museum, Visitor Center and Blood Mobile.

On May 10, 1972 he married Ruth “Mickey” Kerlin who survives. He is also survived by children, Steven Williams and stepson, Jeffrey Kerlin.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Belinda Williams.

A Celebration of Life will be Sunday July 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson High School New Gym. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial services will be Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2 Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matthew A. Diehl officiating.  Masonic graveside rites will be at the Mt. Jackson Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Roof Fund, P.O. Box  484, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 or the Masonic Home of Virginia, P.O. Box 7866, Henrico, VA 23231-0366.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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7 Condolences to Joseph Arthur Williams

  1. Dick Lyons says:

    We will miss you brother, while with us, you used your working tools well. Enjoy rest made perfect in your home above!

    Dick Lyons

  2. Dottie & Dewey Couch,, says:

    So sad to hear this.Ever one loved Joe. His shoes will never be filled.He worked hard for the town of Mt. Jackson. He got it on the right track.Loved talking . Never met a stranger.The words Madlyn Martin Estep wrote said it all.Our deepest Sympathy goes to all his family, especially his loving wife, Micky. We Love you Micky, and may God give you strength and always watch over you.

  3. Linda Gingerich, Shenandoah Valley-Herald says:

    Joe took a great interest in the town of Mt. Jackson and the folks that crossed his path. His big smile made his eyes glisten. Sugar donuts, are the best he told me one day and I pray he got his share. He brighten my day plenty of times and I know Mt. Jackson will not be the same without him. My true condolences to his wife Mickey, his family, and the town of Mt. Jackson.

  4. Johnny Raines says:

    I, as well as the other employees of Mt. Jackson, will truly miss Joe. He called me, “Big John”, for some unknown reason, and he always had a story to tell me when I saw him. My prayers go out to Mickey (the Queen of Mt. Jackson) and the rest of the family during this sad time. God be with you.

  5. Roy & Loveain Warner says:

    Joe you were a Forever friend in our family,from the Big city of Maryland 58 years ago to the present time in the Hills of WV. Our Family will truly miss you but we all know that you are now making the Heavens Ring with the Joy of Laughter.We send Our Thoughts,Prayers and Love to Mickey & your Family.

  6. Gene & Kay Bodkin says:

    Joe was a great friend, teacher and mentor. We enjoyed our friendship, commradery as Town council representatives, and Masonic brotherhood with Joe. He carried many hats. Kay and I will truly miss Joe.

  7. Ron and Jo Ann Tyson says:

    Joe’s sunny smile and gracious manner will be greatly missed. My Mother, Luella Clark, always enjoyed his quick wit and willingness to problem solve with small everyday problems as well as on-going ones. His community spirit and dedication to helping others will long be remembered by all of us. Our deepest sympathy to Mickey and family.