Woodward, Okla. —
Jerry E. Williams, 74 year old Woodward resident, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Oklahoma City. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 16, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Woodward with the Reverend Dan Fisher, Dr. Guy McGraw, and the Reverend Scott Kinney officiating. Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Leedey. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Jerry Eugene Williams was born to parents, Gene and Flossie (Long) Williams on October 27, 1939 on their farm near Leedey, Oklahoma. Since Jerry was the oldest of four children, he was given many responsibilities around the farm. He started driving tractors at seven years of age and progressed on to milking cows, twice a day. The other farm chores are too numerous to mention.
Jerry was united in marriage to Jo Jones on April 4, 1958 in the Baptist Church Parsonage, Leedey, Oklahoma, so for over 55 years it has always been, “Jerry & Jo”, because they usually were working together. Three daughters were born to this union, Frankie, Denise and Del Ann.
Jerry & Jo raised their daughters on a farm north of Leedey, involving their daughters in every type of farm work. Feeding calves on a bottle, riding pasture, learning to drive in the wheat field at harvest time, driving wheat trucks, but the most memorable were working in the cattle lot or gathering calves.
Jerry attended school at Leedey and graduated with the class of 1958. While attending school he was active in many areas, basketball, baseball, and showing pigs and steers at Stock Shows. When Jerry was 13 years old he won a Brotherhood scholarship to attend Falls Creek Baptist Assembly. While attending this camp he accepted Christ as Savior. Upon his return to Leedey he was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church of Leedey. Within a few months his parents, brother and two sisters were also saved. Jerry continued to serve God all his life, teaching in Sunday School to various age groups, singing and doing narration in various programs. He was ordained as a Deacon by Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon.
After the girls graduated from High-School in Leedey, Jerry and Jo moved to Yukon working at the Oklahoma National Stockyards where Jerry was involved in working for Custer & Custer Commission Co, and as an order buyer. After sixteen years working at the “Yards” Jerry realized that a career change was necessary and so he attended a “Broadcasting School” due to his deep bass voice. Working in radio broadcasting brought Jerry & Jo to Woodward even though Jerry didn’t continue to work in this career very long. Jerry became a Crop Adjuster in 1999 and continued to work in this field until his death. He was currently serving as Area Claims Supervisor for Heartland Crop Insurance.
Hunting and fishing were his special interests especially going to Alaska and fishing for salmon.
Jerry loved and served his country by joining the US Army Reserves and for eight years of active duty he served with the 95th Division in Woodward, and had obtained the rank of Sergeant when he went to inactive duty.
Jerry was a successful man by loving his “Bride” throughout their 55 years of marriage, by being a loving, attentive father to his daughters, even though working cattle was a test and by loving and mentoring his precious grandchildren. For some of them, he became the father figure in their lives. Jerry loved serving people in anyway possible, he was a greeter on Sunday mornings at the First Baptist Church of Woodward, just like his good friend, Bill Meadows, always giving a handshake to the men and hugs for the women. Working the Crop Insurance field he could talk to farmers, be fair to them and to the Insurance Company. His wisdom will be greatly missed. Jerry’s word was his bond, he was a man’s man.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jo Williams of the home; three daughters, Frankie Allen and husband Don of Hendrix; Denise Hamilton of Woodward, Del Ann Norvelle and husband Bob of Gilbert, Arizona; nine grandchildren, Dustin Allen, Cody Allen, Kristina Stucker and husband Randall, Jennifer Hamilton, Matthew Hamilton, Jessica Rogers and husband Derek, Rhys Norvelle, Mack Norvelle, Stephen Norvelle; one sister, Joy Wilson and husband Jesse of Ft. Supply; a sister-in-law; Za Basler and husband Dob of Ada; a brother-in-law, Everett Carman and wife Twila of Woodward; other relatives and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Delane Williams and a sister Rada Sue Carman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Music Ministry or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Heart Research.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com