Harold “Big John” Williams

Published 8:34 am Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Harold “Big John” Williams, 70, of Elizabethton, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016, at Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, following a brief illness. He was born in Carter County to the late Clarence C. Williams and Josephine Ritchie Williams.
“Big John” had worked in the furniture industry and was of the Freewill Baptist faith. He enjoyed eating breakfast with his buddies at City Market and Nancy’s Kitchen and especially enjoyed going to the Carter County Cruise Ins on Saturdays.
Those left to cherish his memory include two brothers, his twin brother, Darrell Williams and wife Barbara, and Clarence Ed Williams and wife Charlotte, all of Elizabethton; two cousins, Frances Stoneburner and Vernon Robinson, both of Maryland; one nephew, Darrell Wayne Williams, Elizabethton; two nieces, Melissa Ann Andrews and husband James and Kathy Lynn Hilton, all of Elizabethton; two great-nephews, Jeffrey “Sketter” Bowers and Billy Wayne Hilton Jr., both of Elizabethton; two great-nieces, Kelly Joe May Hilton and Jamie Andrews, both of Elizabethton; and a special buddy, Jessie James Wallace, Elizabethton.
A service to honor the life of Harold “Big John” Williams was conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton with Rev. Carl Grindstaff and Rev. Doug Hinshaw officiating. The family received friends in the funeral home chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence of his brother, Ed Williams, 112 Crestview Drive, Elizabethton, at anytime. The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Pearl Bowers Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Stephen May and the nurses and staff of Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center for the love and care shown to “Big John” during his illness. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lou Cooter, 415 Washington Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be shared with the family at our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Williams family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.

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