Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thomas Dale Williams, known as Tom Williams, has died peacefully at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 19, 2012, in the final state of the terrible mind-robbing disease of Alzheimer's. He fought a courageous fight to the end. He was a well-known and much respected businessman and owner of Tom Williams Machine, Inc., for almost 30 years. Prior to that he had operated Tom Williams construction Co. for a few years following a long partnership with his brother Eugene Williams, in a dirt construction business known as Williams Bros. Construction Co.

He had served in the U.S. Army as a diesel mechanic and had served overseas in Verdun, France. He returned from the Army in December of 1955, and then decided, with his brother, to purchase a bulldozer. They added other dirt-moving equipment and contracted several road jobs and lagoons in the area, along with many ponds, clearing, sewer work and leveling of all types. They were considered among the best in this area. Tom Williams Machine is still operating under the able management of Ed Lewis.

Tom was the seventh child born to Herbert and Glen Williams, on Nov. 13, 1930. Two infant sisters and two brothers, Harold and Eugene, are now deceased. He married Lee (Leola) Henson on Dec. 28, 1955. They have one surviving daughter, Dale Conn, of Lakewood, Colo.

Tom was preceded in death by two infant children and one son, Darin. He is survived by three brothers Roy (Valda), of Springfield, Mo., Charles (Delores), of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Martin (Garlene) of Union- ville, Mo.; two aunts, Wilma Easley and Edna King, both of Cassville, Mo.; five sisters, Elsa Manes, Springfield, Mo., Willodean Vaught, Rebekah (Rex) Miller and Glenna Edmondson, all of Cassville, Mo., and Evalina (Gene) Shippee, of Dillon, Mont.

He accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 24 and was baptized. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Aurora, MO.

Tom was a designer and creator, always able to en- vision a better way to do things. He loved his work, and was very successful at what he did. He never had a dull or boring day in his life, with always another idea in his mind. His main line of work at present has been designing and manufacturing of cable plow parts, which are sold nationwide. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 56 years, daughter and son-in-law, David Conn, granddaughter, Amy (Brex) Wollin, their son and three daughters, Sarah (Dan) Blehm and their daughter.

Memorial services were held on Thursday at 10 a.m., August 23, 2012, in Southside Baptist Church, Aurora, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice or to Southside Baptist Church, Aurora, Mo.