POTTERS HILL, NC - HMC (Ret.) Elton Williams went to be with the Lord on Friday July 7, 2017, at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, NC.
He was born April 22, 1934, in Duplin County, NC, and was the son of the late Roy Williams and Josephine Bostic Williams.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Donald Ray Williams.
He enlisted in the US Navy in August, 1951, and served as a hospital corpsman, spending much of his time with the marines, until his retirement in December, 1981. He served in the Korean War, three tours of duty in Vietnam, Ethiopia, and several tours of duty at Camp Lejeune. He served with distinction, and received numerous awards and medals for his bravery and leadership. One of his most proud missions, was serving with the Department of Defense Medical Operations, during the First Lunar Flight of the Apollo 10 astronauts, in 1969.
After retirement from the Navy, he worked with Piedmont Airlines/US Airways, and retired in 1995. He loved to fly, owned several airplanes, and owned Eagles Nest Airport. He was also an avid motorcyclist, and a member of Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle organization known for their charitable work and for bringing awareness of ongoing POW/MIA issues.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ruby Fowler Williams; a stepdaughter Sherry Stallings Ledoux (Frank Bowman) of Greensboro, NC; a stepson Dale Stallings of Jacksonville, NC; a granddaughter Jessica Ledoux of Brooklyn, NY; a grandson Erin Patz of Garland, PA; two brothers, Danny H. Williams (Margaret) of Jacksonville, NC and Douglas Earl Williams (Flora) of Potters Hill, NC; two sisters, Carol Bass of Beulaville, NC and Frances Evelyn Cauley of Kinston, NC; 13 nieces and nephews and 23 great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NC Corpsman Memorial Foundation, PO Box 12641, Jacksonville, NC 28546-2641. Web Site http://fmfcmf.org/about-us/.
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Artuhr Taylor lit a candle on Jul 14 2017 10:49:55 AM
So sorry for your lost. Wish I could have known him before. Love to all during this time.
Submitted by Patricia Buck on Jul 12 2017 06:45:53 AM
Thinking of you, Aunt Ruby.
Submitted by Jan & Larry Brown on Jul 12 2017 05:24:09 AM
Elton helped me get hired with Piedmont airlines and will never forget what a really good man he was
Submitted by Gary James on Jul 10 2017 09:50:43 PM
Cynthia & James Rester lit a candle for Elton Williams
Cynthia & James Rester lit a candle on Jul 10 2017 06:33:03 AM
We are sorry to hear of the loss of Elton, although we did not know him, we know the pain to loose someone dearly loved.
You are all in our prayers and thoughts during this most difficult time. May God give you all strength always.
James & Cynthia Rester
Submitted by James & Cynthia Rester on Jul 10 2017 06:31:45 AM
Delwood & Patricia (Pat) Jones Lanier lit a candle for Elton Williams
Delwood & Patricia (Pat) Jones Lanier lit a candle on Jul 9 2017 04:30:58 PM
To the family of Elton Williams, we are sorry to learn of the loss of your loved one. Elton was a good neighbor to my father & mother, Arnold & Ruby Jones when Elton moved back to Potters Hill and built his home. After mom passed Elton would walk around his home thru the fields and back around by daddy's house with his dog, and would stop and talk with daddy a few minutes. When the neighborhood children were growing up Elton had a little airstrip (The Flying W) beside where his house is, and Elton would give anyone that wanted too a ride in his airplane. Every Sunday you could see the car lined up along the side of the road either for a ride or just enjoying seeing Elton fly his plane. Not only that, Elton had a lot of pictures posted up where he kept his plan of the tours of his service in Viet Nam. Thank you Elton for all the memories we adults now had enjoying seeing you fly your plane! Rest in Peace. You have served your time, and was a good servant to your country. God bless the family.
Submitted by Delwood & Patricia Jones Lanier on Jul 9 2017 04:30:30 PM
We send prayers for peace and strength to this family while they endure the loss of Elton. Live yo Ruby Sherry and Dale, my sweet family
Submitted by Laura Sutis Cressy on Jul 9 2017 04:23:31 PM
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