Tony D. Williams, 66, of Elizabethton, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center. Tony was a native of Carter County. He was a 1963 graduate of Elizabethton High School and attended the University of Tennessee. He was retired as a Supervisor from Seimens Industries, Johnson City, and was formerly employed with Raytheon and Sperry in Bristol. Tony served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. He served with the 3rd Recon-3rd Marine Division in South Vietnam. Tony was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church, where he was the Sunday School Teacher of the Believers Sunday School Class and was a former Deacon.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Linda Smith Williams; a son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Christy Williams, Elizabethton; two special grandchildren, Katelyn “Katie” and Mason; his mother, Ina Mae Williams, Elizabethton; and a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Aubrey Brown, Watauga. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A Service to Celebrate the Life of Tony D. Williams will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 17, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Nathan Jennings, the Rev. Jack Lloyd and the Rev. Bill Peters officiating. Music will be provided by Grady and Alecia Holder and David Arney, organist. The graveside service and interment will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 18, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, will be Jay Dugger, Rick Knode, Danny Brown, Tony Allen, David Brown, Tim Bishop and Eddie Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be his church family and employees of the Washington County-Johnson City EMS. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Smokie Mountain Dialysis Center and employees. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Tony to the Building Fund, First Free Will Baptist Church, 701 First Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion and the Tennessee National Guard. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Williams family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.