SIKESTON -- Raymond Howard "Ray" Williams, age 85, died at his home in Sikeston on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
He was born in Sikeston on Oct. 9, 1927, to the late Virgil Duree and Irene Westmoreland Williams.
Mr. Williams was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Temple Baptist Church, until it disbanded, he then joined Murray Lane Baptist Church.
He started his working career by delivering laundry for his Mother. He later worked at Dixie Creme Donuts in Sikeston, Harts Bakery and later sold hearing aids.
On Dec. 30, 1950, he married Pauline Eaton, who survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Ramona Burnett and Carla Williams both of Sikeston, Rebecca Adams of Union, Ky., and Teala Mainzer of Atlanta, Ind.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gary Brooks Williams.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Dara Leigh Williams; one grandchild, Rory William Mainzer; and two brothers and four sisters.
Visitation was held from 1 p.m. until time of services at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Ponder Funeral Home. The Rev. Kelley Grubbs, pastor of Murray Lane Baptist Church, and the Rev. Glen Cantrell, pastor of Sikeston Community Church, officiated.
Burial followed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers were: Ryan Eaton, James Adams, Rick Burnett, Cole Burnett, Joshua Mainzer and Marty Mainzer.