Douglas Williams, 52, of Purdy, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2011, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado. He was born on Oct. 28, 1958, son of Dozier and Mattie (Ross) Williams in Nacogdoches, Texas. He moved to Purdy in 2005. He was united in marriage to Leah Nance on Feb. 13, 2007, in Cassville.
Survivors include: his wife, Leah Williams, of Purdy; one daughter, Randi Williams of Purdy; four stepdaughters, Marilyn, Katie, Jackie and Kat Hughes, all of Purdy; two brothers, Rex Williams, and his wife, Lisa, of Garrison, Texas, and Donald Ray Williams, and his wife, Bernadette, of Garrison, Texas; two sisters, Jeannie Williams, of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Bonita Finley, and her husband, David, of Hutchins, Texas; a mother-in-law, Leona Nance, of Berryville, Ark.; two brothers-in-law, Monty Nance, of Eagle Rock, and Mark Nance, Oak Grove, Ark.; and three sisters-in-law, Deborah Hammons, Newberry Park, Calif., Carla Dearing, of Gentry, Ark., and Samantha Minton, of Cassville.
Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday at the White Funeral Home in Cassville with words of comfort spoken by Kelly Ward, and special music was provided by Ashley Anderson.
Memorials may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home and made payable to the donors choice to either the Joplin Tornado Relief Fund in care of the Red Cross or to the Kansas University School of Medicine.