John Claude Williams, Jr.

John Claude (Cloyd) Williams, Jr., 87, of Pembroke, VA went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 22, 2008. He enjoyed the happy reflections consequent upon a well-spent life and passed away with the hope of a glorious immortality.

He was preceded in death by his wife Edna Louise Atkins Williams of a 61 year marriage residing on Knob Mountain Road, Pembroke, VA. He was born in Giles County in the community of Hoges Chapel on December 27, 1920 to the late John Claude (Cloyd) Williams, Sr. and Lema Stiff Williams. His surviving siblings are Rachel Atkins, Jean Williams, Richard and Bonnie, Gerald and Sadie, and Robert and Lucille Williams. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret and Mary Sue Williams.

A compassionate and loving father to his three children, a daughter and son-in-law; Rebecca Williams Yadav and Uday Yadav of Lake Mary, FL and two sons and daughters-in-law Roger and Ruth Williams of Forest Hill, WV and David and Pamela Williams of Pembroke. Seven grandchildren whom he thought the world of, they are Monica and Jeff Steiner of Sarasota, FL, Ursula and Ward Gunter of Vero Beach, FL, Ryan Yadav of Lake Mary, FL, Keith and Kim Williams of Ripplemead, Kristin and Gary Mills of Charleston, SC, Laura and Matthew Williams of Pembroke. He has five great-grandchildren whom he adored, Mikaela Williams, Nicholas Mills, Max Steiner, Claire Steiner, and Lily Kate Gunter, several nieces and nephews.

Claude was a member of the Newport First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was an active member for over sixty years of Castle Rock Lodge #334 AF&AM which he served as Worshipful Master and District Deputy Grand Master. He also was an active member for over sixty years of Pearisburg Royal Arch Chapter #29, and the Order of Eastern Star, Pearis Chapter 124. Claude was a graduate of Newport High School Class of 1940. He retired in 1980 from Celanese with 41 years of service. “Shorty” worked as an Operations Supervisor. A WW II Veteran enlisted in the Army on December 31, 1942 with the 517th Parachute Infantry Company, 17th Airborne Division fought in many battles before receiving injuries at the Battle of The Bulge for which he received The Purple Heart. He received his honorable discharge on November 30, 1946.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 6 to 8 PM with Castle Rock Lodge #334 AF&AM performing the evening memorial service at 8:00 PM at The Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke. Funeral services will be held at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Newport Sunday October 26, 2008 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Roger Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park with military rites conducted by American Legion post 68, & 311, and VFW Post 6000. A reception dinner will follow the graveside service at the Newport First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Newport, VA.