Jerry Jerome “Romey” Williams, age 74 of Paris, TN, passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at his home in Paris. Jerry was born in Buchanan, TN on March 26, 1945, the son of the late Franklin Freamon, and Loren Jaylye Williams of Buchanan.
Jerry was a Christian and Baptist by faith and believed that God held each of us in his hands, and no decisions in life were ever made without prayer. Jerry married Karen (Miller) Williams on November 18, 1967, who survives. He is also the father of Kristen (Jesse) Jackson and Paul (Amy) Williams, and dearest Papa of six grandchildren, Pastor Kellen (Caroline) Robbins, Avery (fiancée Miah Hockett) Robbins, Hayden Williams, Rowan Williams, Justin Jackson and Jared Jackson. Jerry also had the blessing of raising Joseph (Debbie) Miller, his brother-in-law that he loved like a son. He also leaves behind several loving nieces and nephews.
He had two sisters whom he loved dearly, Joyce (the late Jerry) McNutt of Paris, and Marie (Sonny) Wilson of Paris. Two brothers that were also his best friends, Earl (Erlene) Williams of Mansfield and Danny (Katie) Williams of Springville. Preceding him in death were three brothers, Othel (Mary) Williams, John (Sheila) Williams and Joe Darrell Williams.
Jerry served in the U.S. Army from 1965 until 1967. He held a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, in Labor & Management, and he worked for 30 years at the Ford Motor Company Glass Plant Division in Dearborn, Michigan. After leaving Ford Motor Co he held several part time positions before retiring back to Paris TN. Jerry would tell you the job he loved the most was his last position with Tosh Farms in Henry. Hard work, yes, but he loved the people and being outdoors. He worked up until the last day before he found out he had cancer. Jerry was strong in character and a blessing to many who knew him. He loved to talk about the old days and had a memory that never stopped.
Services will be conducted by Brother Kellen Robbins, Malesus Baptist Church Malesus, TN and Brother Gerry Gallimore of Mansfield Baptist Church, Mansfield, TN.
Arrangements are being made by Ridgeway Funeral Home 201 Dunlap Street, Paris, TN, where Visitation will be the morning of Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, with the funeral beginning at 1:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers are his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers being Earl Williams (brother), Danny Williams (brother), and Joe Miller.
Burial will be in New Beaverdam Cemetery in Buchanan, TN.
In lieu of flowers please donate in Memory of to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or you may call 1 800-805-5856 or the Darkhorse Lodge Inc., 1951 Swor Road, Springville, TN 38256 or on their web site. The Darkhorse Lodge is a non-profit that works with wounded soldiers.