Thomas Williams, 97, of Hornbeak passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital after an illness.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hornbeak City Cemetery, with the Rev. Jimmy Calhoun officiating.
Pallbearers will be family members, Tim Biggs, Todd Thayer, David Thayer, Dylan Thayer, Nicholas Gwaltney and Justin Branch.
Cryer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Feb. 3, 1922, in Hornbeak, to the late O.C. and Anna Williams.
He had a busy life, serving in the U.S. Navy for 26 years. He served in World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War, before retiring to Hornbeak, where he was co-owner of the Esso gas station for many years.
He served as mayor of Hornbeak for several years and as Hornbeak Fire Chief from 1965-1988. During that time, he founded the First Responders in Hornbeak. He also drove a school bus for 15 years.
He was a clock maker, building and repairing many clocks for friends and family near and far. He also worked with leather, making many purses and billfolds.
He was a member of Hornbeak Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Bernadette; a baby son, Tommy; his parents, O.C. and Anna Williams; two brothers; and four sisters.
He is survived by three daughters, Elaine Biggs (Terry) of Hornbeak, Janet Hughes (Roger) of Union City and Patty Williams of Union City; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.cryerfuneralhome.com.