Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 13, 2010
Keener Alton Williams, age 87, a resident of Greenville, AL, died on Monday, February 8, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 12, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Paul officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, February 11th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home and on Friday one hour prior to services.
Mr. Williams was born on July 24, 1922, to Halcie and Jim Williams of Chapman, AL. In August 1942 he joined the US Naval Forces and was stationed on the USS Idaho Battleship. He was aboard the “Big Spud” and bravely answered the call of duty as he took his place in history with the invasion of Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945 and again on the assault of Okinawa, Japan on March 7, 1945. He completed his military career with the following honors: American Theatre Ribbons, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (7 Stars), Philippines Liberation Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Upon returning home from war he embarked upon a well loved hobby in music. He joined the “Hank Williams Band” as rhythm guitarist and played at several Alabama establishments.
Mr. Williams retired in 1981 from WT Smith/Union Camp in Chapman, AL. He gave them 41 years of service. He then proceeded to work for and retire from Allied Signal Safety Systems and Kelly Aerospace.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his daughters, Mary Ann Williams and Angela “Angie” Williams. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Williams, children, Allanah Williams of McLean, VA, Angie (Ron) Hyatt of Maryville, TN, Joseph (Teresa) Compton of Georgiana, AL, Sherion (Dennis) Dowdy of Ashville, AL, Johnny (Kimberly) Compton of Greenville, AL, fourteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and sister, Bertha Keebler of Georgiana, AL. Mr. Williams celebrated his life daily with a smile and kind words to all he met.
Online condolences may be made at www.dunklinanddaniels.com.