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 p.m.at 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.