Billy Joe Williams, the son of the late Ernie and Bessie Williams, was born in Blytheville, Ark., on May 6, 1930, and died at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston on Nov. 21, 2006, at the age of 76.
Mr. Williams had lived in Essex since 1964.
On June 28, 1953, he was married to Mildred Sanders in Piggott, Ark. She preceded him in death on Dec. 19, 2003.
Surviving are two sons, Ernie Williams and Danny Williams, both of Essex; three daughters, Wilma Gordon of Essex, Billie Wethington of Bloomfield, and Paula Williams of Kingsport, Tenn.; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jimmy Williams of Huntington, Tenn., and Will Dee Williams of Wappapello; two sisters, Kathy Mann and Paulette Williams, both of Huntington, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen and Anna Maye; and three brothers, Runt, Ernest and Sonny.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Dennis Ward of Poplar Bluff officiating.
Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Home of Dexter in charge of arrangements.