Granville E. Williams
September 03, 1924 - July 30, 2020
Birthplace: Sidney, Iowa
Resided In: Red Oak, Iowa

Visitation 8/28/2020
Red Oak Presbyterian Church
Service 8/28/2020
Red Oak Presbyterian Church
Burial 8/28/2020
Evergreen Cemetery

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Granville Earl Williams Obituary

On July 26, 2020, Granville Williams said, I have Jesus on the inside. No matter what happens, Jesus is with me.

We, the family of Granville E. Williams celebrate the life of our faithful husband, fantastic father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Granville E. Williams (95) of Red Oak, Iowa, born September 3, 1924 in Sidney, Iowa, to Earl and Mae (McClure) Williams. He was ushered peacefully into heaven at 6:20 AM, July 30, 2020, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa.

Granville grew up in Tabor, Iowa, and married the love of his life, Francine Mae Gnader, on July 4, 1949 in Vermillion, SD. They celebrated 71-years of marriage on July 4, 2020. Four children were born to this union: Gary, Randal, Rebecca and Ronald. Granville will be remembered as a caring husband, dedicated farmer, sports enthusiast and a family man demonstrated by the hundreds of pictures of family and friends on his office walls.

He was a regular attender of both the Christian Church and Presbyterian Church in Red Oak, IA. Granville was a life-long member of Christian Churches in Iowa and Florida. He served 26 years as a deacon, 5 of those as Chairman of the Board at the Christian Church in Lakeland, Florida. He was baptized in 1937. Throughout his life he lived in nine different towns in Iowa as well as two different towns in Florida. He was a life-long farmer buying his first 80-acres when he was just 19 years old.

Early in his education Granville was the only student in his class from Kindergarten to 7th Grade in a country school. Following 7th Grade he attended Tabor Consolidated High School and graduated in 1942. During that time, he lettered in football and track and won the 100 and 200-yard dash in Fremont County Iowa. In addition, he placed 2nd and 3rd in a Table Tennis tournament of 19 schools in Clarinda, IA. Granville was president of Future Farmers of America. He sawed trees down and sold firewood to earn his way to the FFA National Convention and Royal Cattle Show in Kansas City. He received first place in livestock judging contest for judging 30 breeds of cattle. After high school, he farmed, was a bus driver in Omaha and served in the 168th Infantry of the National Guard.

Granville is survived by his beloved wife, Francine Mae (Gnader) Williams; his children -- Randal (Peggy) Williams, Nashville, TN and Rebecca (Sidney) Jackson, Spring Hill, FL. Five grandchildren -- Kyle (Kerrie) Williams, Lake Worth, FL; Krista Williams, Nashville, TN; Paul Williams, Nashville, TN; Jai Jackson , Spring Hill, FL and Joy Jackson, Spring Hill, FL. Great Grandchildren: Emma & Elon Williamson, Nashville, TN and Delana and Adelia Williams, Lake Worth, FL. In addition, he is survived by brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl & Mae Williams, sons, Gary (1995) & Ronald Williams (infant), brother Lyle Williams, infant twin brothers, brother-in-laws, and sister-in-laws.

Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 28, 2020 at the Presbyterian Church, 511 E. Coolbaugh St., Red Oak, IA 51566 with son, Randy Williams officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, IA, immediately following the service. The family will greet friends one hour before the service while observing social distancing. Family requests the wearing of masks.

ARRANGEMENTS BY Nelson-Boylan Le Rette Funeral Chapel. Livestream available on their Facebook page.

 


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