Cecil Williams Jr. passed away surrounded by his family on March 12, 2021.
He was born on Aug. 13, 1938 in Tuscola, Ill. to the late Cecil and Margaret (Biggs) Williams.
The family moved to a farm near Marshall, IN in the early 1950’s. Mr. Williams attended Marshall High School where he met his wife. On Dec. 6, 1953 he married Beverly Jean Phelps. Together they had six children, two of which died as infants: Debra Lynn and Roxanne Williams. He was a Weapons Specialist in the Indiana National Guard. He took his training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Fort Jackson, S.C. He was a former member of the Waveland Lions Club, a Trophy Lifetime Member of NRA and also NAHC, North American Licensed ASA Umpire for 12 years, Licensed Pony League Umpire for 15 years, and also a referee for basketball, softball, and football. He played baseball and softball for many different teams over the years, winning many trophies. One of which was with Bud Brown on the Rockville team, winning the championship and county tournament. The trophy won was displayed in the local bank window for many years. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends whenever possible.
Survivors include his wife; four children, Gale A. (Chris) Williams, Rodney D. (Lori) Williams, Jeffrey L. (Sharon) Williams and Patricia L. (Cole) Sherman; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two daughters; his parents; a grandson; two brothers, Robert A. and Donald C. Williams; and two sisters, Janet L. Kates and Mildred L. Miles.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Waveland Christians in Action, 212 W. Main Street, Waveland, IN 47989, with Pastor Rodney Coffman officiating. He will be laid to rest by his family in Bethany Cemetery. Machledt & Servies Funeral Home has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Donations in memory may be made to the American Diabetic Association, and the American Heart Association.
Online condolences can be made at: www.machledtservies.com.