Mr. Harold Ray Williams of Trumann departed this life Friday, April 28th, at the family residence at the age of 84 years, 2 months, and 19 days. He was an American writer and grew up near Crowley’s Ridge, which features in his novels and in much of his short fiction and essays. He began writing novels in 2007, and was active in national conferences and seminars. He was born February 9, 1939 to the late Ray Fletcher Williams and Effie Leona Walker Williams. He was a retired retailer, Veteran of the US Army, member of First Baptist Church and member of the Lion’s Club were he served as president in 2010 - 2011. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Boyce and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nora Lee Williams; three daughters, Melinda (Doug) Rito of Lemont, IL, Lee Williams of Tarzana, CA, Theresa (Nick) Manzella of Clarksville, TN; one son, Homer Scott (Sharon) Williams of Hillister, TX; two sisters, Betty Grubbs of Nixa, MO, Patricia Miller of Jonesboro, AR; two brothers, Bill Williams of Walnut Ridge, AR, Donald Williams of Jonesboro, AR; six grandchildren, Jeffery Scott Williams, Anja Navarre, Laura Gasior, Emma Lindstrom, Sara Fullerton, Ethan Seesholtz; and 4 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends, Tuesday, May 2nd, from 5:00 - 6:00 P.M. at Thompson Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will follow at 6:00 P.M. with the Rev. John Maley officiating. Burial will be private. In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, face masks or other facial covering is optional. An online guest book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.netPrint Obituary
Betty, Arkansas saysMay 1, 2023
My dear, loving brother, you are the best brother a sister could have. You will be missed so much. I know Mom and Dad welcomed you with open arms. I will see you and all again some day. Thanking God for you in my life.
Kim Martin, Pontiac, IL saysApril 29, 2023
Mindy and family, keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for peace and comfort in this difficult time.
Mary, Nixa Mo saysApril 29, 2023
I have many wonderful memories of my sweet uncle. I can still Hear him singing my special song every time he’d see me. Had the sweetest smile and was an amazing author. Miss him so much already, but I know I will see him again one day. Love you Uncle Harold