Charles A. Williams, 89, formerly of East Fairfield, died Friday, January 4, 2019 at Brookdale Senior Living following a long illness. He was born June 25, 1929 in Madison Township, Columbiana County, the only child of the late Carl L. Williams and Lena Rummel.
Charlie, as he was known to friends, was a lifelong resident of Lisbon and surrounding areas. He was a member of Salem Bible Church, The Columbiana VFW, and a 32nd mason with the New Lisbon Lodge.
He retired from Thompson Brothers Mining in 1995, where he was a heavy equipment operator for 15+ years. Prior to that, he owned and operated several trucking businesses, which included hauling steel from Youngstown Sheet and Tube and Weirton Steel.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1951 and served as a PFC while stationed in Korea from 1951-1953. In 2016, he received his Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
Charlie was known for his sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. He had an extensive model car, truck and heavy equipment collection, as well as many hats from his travels. He was a former 4-H advisor, enjoyed showing horses, pulling draft ponies and woodworking. He liked sharing stories of spending time and working on his grandparent’s farm in West Point, currently owned by Hoppel Arena and Ruberto Racing Stables.
His wife, (Hazel) Joanne (Beagle) Williams, whom he married November 22, 1953, preceded him in death October 19, 2018.
Survivors include three daughters, Cherrie Williams of Odessa, FL, Joy Wahl of Aurora, CO and Carolyn (William) Nezbeth of Salem. He leaves seven grandchildren, Eric (Tracey) Spooner of Columbiana, Andy Spooner of Massillon, Laura Vanlaningham of Tampa, FL, Joshua Nezbeth of Denver, CO, Lyndsay (Jim) Honerkamp of Denver, CO, Carolyn and Natalie Wahl of Aurora, CO; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two nieces; one nephew and their families. His aunt, Lizabeth Morris, Pilot Point, Texas and cousin, Dr. Paul G. Morris DVM, PHD (Sharon) Pilot Point, Texas.
Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a cousin Dr. David L. Morris DVM, PHD, Fort Collins, CO.
Services will be held at 12:00 Noon Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the Salem Bible Church with Pastor Doug DeMar officiating. Calling hours will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon Tuesday at the church. Burial will be held at Crest Haven Memorial Gardens in New Waterford, with military honors provided by Salem Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Shriners Children’s Hospital, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, The family would also like to thank Brookdale staff and Hospice of the Valley for all their care and support.
Arrangements are being handled by Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Salem.
Charles’ obituary may be viewed and condolences may be sent at www.starkmemorial.com.
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