Melvin Arthur Williams, 76, of Fayette, Mo., passed away June 30, 2008, in the Fayette Caring Center after a long battle with prostate bone cancer and dementia.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly with Rev. Dan Mayes officiating.
Born Dec. 31, 1931, Melvin was the son of Ray Everette and Matilda Lena (Genson) Williams of Spencer. Melvin attended both grade and high school in Spencer. From the age of 11 he worked at the City Service gas station until he joined the service in 1950. He served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War until his discharge when he married Vanita Mae Flack on Sept. 25, 1954.
Morton Building Company employed Melvin from 1968 as a foreman and supervisor over branch offices in North and South Dakota and Minnesota until a back injury and two surgeries forced his retirement in 1985 when they moved to Arkansas. In February 2006, Melvin and Vanita moved to Fayette to live near their son Troy and to be under the care of doctors in Columbia, Mo.
He was preceded in death by son, Rodney Williams; both parents; one sister, Dorothy Stroman and husband, Alvin; one brother, Everette Williams and wife, Barbara; brother-in-law, Glenn Thomas; and nephew, Ronald Nelson.
Melvin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vanita; one daughter, Debra Miller and her husband, Harris; one son, Troy Williams; one brother, Kenneth Williams and his wife, Edith; sister, Sharon Mathissen and her husband, William; sister, Betty Thomas; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.