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Joseph "Joe" Emerson Williams, age 83, of Macclenny, FL passed away on Nov. 16, 2016 at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville, FL. Joseph was born in Pensacola, FL on May 18, 1933 to the late Winston Monroe Williams and Zollie Mae Collins Williams. Joe was raised in Hamilton County, FL where he was a member of Burnham Christian Church.
He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1950 at the age of 17. Joe completed his high school education through the Marine Corps, was promoted to Staff Sergeant when he was 19 years old and later served in the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge from the military, Joe attended the University of Florida where he majored in Building Construction and also was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Joe married Jimmie Lee Gresham Williams and started his longtime career in construction. He was a very accomplished man who had partnerships and professional relationships with various contractors, Mark Little, Richard Walker, Mel Fannin and Buddy Fryer. Joe was also a member of the Lions Club of Macclenny, FL, the Sertoma Club of Macclenny, FL, The Shriners of the Jacksonville Temple, Dawkins Masonic Lodge of Macclenny, FL and was on the Construction Trades Board for numerous years.
Joe was an avid Gator fan who was a season ticket holder and Gator Booster for many years. He enjoyed hobby farming on his family property in Hamilton County. He also enjoyed attending Christian Fellowship Temple for worship. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, John Paul Williams and Monroe Williams.
He is survived by his three children, Winston Wesley Williams of Jacksonville, FL, Joseph M. "Joey" (Anna) Williams of Macclenny, FL and Cynthia (Rob) Rosenberg of Israel; his sisters, Marian (Cottrell) Sullivan of Fayetteville, OH and Marie (Paul) Sutton of Chesapeake, VA; his six grandchildren, Samuel, Leora, Channa Bracha, Aiden, Dacey and Layla; and a beloved loving companion, Bobbie Touchton of Macclenny, FL.
A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Temple located at 251 W. Ohio Avenue, Macclenny, FL. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the church.
A private family interment will be held at Burnham Christian Church Cemetery in Hamilton County, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family would like for any donations to be made to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, 807 Mantoloking Road, Brick, NJ 08723. The arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services, 250 North Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 (904)259-5700. Visit www.ferreirafuneralservices.com to sign the family's guest book.
Published on November 21, 2016
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