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In Memory of
Thomas L. Williams
April 12, 1936 - October 21, 2020


Zion Cemetery

Thomas (Tom) Williams, age 84, of Westerville, Ohio, was welcomed into his Savior's arms on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

He was born on April 12, 1936, in Thornville, Ohio, to Luther Hudson and Catherine Williams. He graduated from Granville High School in 1955 and attended Marietta College before serving in the U.S. Army. A faithful follower of Christ, Tom attended church regularly and loved gospel music.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Ellen Myers Williams--with whom he recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary, siblings Sue Hartfield and Bernie Williams, and so many adoring nieces and nephews (and their spouses and children) that it would take this entire space to list them all. Suffice it to say he will be greatly missed by all of them. He was preceded in death by brothers Bruce and Charles.

Tom made an impact on the lives of everyone who knew him--from the folks he taught to water ski in the warm summers, to the neighbors whose drives and sidewalks he plowed in the frigid winters. He was an excellent conversationalist, and no matter the conversation--whether about basketball, or hobbies (yours or his), or the greatest new little restaurant, he somehow managed to make you feel like you were the most important person in the room. Everyone he encountered has a different memory and story to tell about Tom, but everyone shares one very distinct memory--and that is Tom's devotion to his wife, Ruth. There was one thing that always made Tom smile, and that was seeing Ruth happy. Whether it was traveling in their RV to places like Charleston or Myrtle Beach, or down the Intracoastal Waterway in their boat, tolerating many weeks-long visits by nieces and nephews, or even just celebrating Ruth's birthday at the go-kart track, if it made Ruth smile, Tom was happy and content. Fortunately for Tom, because he was so good at making her happy, Ruth smiled a LOT.

Private services will be held for family. He will be laid to rest at Zion Cemetery in New Middletown, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Salvation Army (whose works for which Tom had a passion) or to Bethel Church of the Brethren in New Middletown, Ohio.


david heddleson

Oct 24, 2020

Have not seen Tom since the 1950's---but he was a super nice guy! His dad and my grandmother (ethel heddleson) were brother and sister. Very sorry he hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you! David Heddleson


Bill Miller

Oct 24, 2020

Ruth and family: I was drafted into the U.S.Army with Tom on March 12th, 1959. Then we both joined the Ohio National Guard in Mt.Vernon in 1961. Tom will be missed by many, and I'm in deepest shock at his passing. Rest In Peace my old friend, Bill Miller.


Pat and Bill Mason

Oct 24, 2020

We have been friends with Tom since the mid 1950"s, having met through many common interests including a love of athletics, cars and water skiing. Those interests have enabled us to consume many hours of our lives together. We knew Tom to be a caring, kind and honest person who easily befriended those with whom he came in contact and we will miss his smile and ever present calm demeanor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and the entire Williams clan.


Diane howard

Oct 24, 2020

Ruth, I am so sorry to read of Tom's passing. You both were such an important part of my life when I started teaching at Annehurst. You are in my prayers. Love, Diane


Doug Hartfield

Oct 24, 2020

Ruth, Johanna and I are very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a great guy. I smile when I think of him and you also. I have many fond memories of him over many many years.


Jane Rhodeback Lake

Oct 24, 2020

Tom was one of the best. I graduated with Tom at Granville High School. Always a smile and very friendly. Prayers to the family!


Diane Burchard

Oct 24, 2020

Dear Ruth, I have only met you once at a long time ago Granville class reunion and at time I was so over joyed to see Tom, give him a big hug and have him introduce me to the love of his life. I often thought about that meeting and how much I was so happy that Tom has recovered from his terrible accident. I'm sure it was because you were there urging him on to get up and go. I miss his smile and kind words, he was/is a wonderful human being. Bless him.


Evelyn Butt

Oct 25, 2020

Sending prayers to you and your family. I always enjoyed seeing Tom at our class reunions. Evelyn Butt


Linda Megaw

Oct 26, 2020

I remember Tom as the fun loving friend and cousin from those very early days of Lake Hudson. In those days Tom drove the red Corvette and taught many of us to water ski. He was the fun loving younger member of the Williams men. I will always remember his happy nature and friendly smile. Ed and I both want to convey our sympathies to all his family and close friends.


Lola Roley

Oct 27, 2020

Ruth, I am so sorry to hear about Tom. He was a part of my life since high school though I have not seen either of you recently. Much sympathy to you. Love, Lola


Carl Pinkerton

Oct 29, 2020

Dear Ruth, I was very sad to hear of Tom's passing. We all had so many fun times (like the Zanesville boat trip). I'm sorry we lost touch for so many years. May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy. Your Friend, Carl Pinkerton