INDUSTRY, Pennsylvania – Joseph W. “Joe” Williams passed away at the age of 71 early Thursday morning, December 22, 2016 and now joins his wife, Barbara and other loved ones in Heaven.
A longtime resident of Murphy Hill Road in Industry, Pennsylvania, he died at Allegheny General Hospital following a brief illness.
He was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania on March 10, 1945, a son of the late Joseph W. Williams, Sr. and Dora Smith Williams.
A 1965 graduate of Midland High School, Joe was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in France during the Vietnam War.
He returned home to work at Crucible Steel Corporation and later Arco Chemical before starting a 28-year career with BASF in Monaca.
He was a family man first and foremost and was a true sportsman at heart. Joe loved following high school football and was a huge “Cleveland anything” fan. He enjoyed fishing on Lake Erie with family and especially loved small game hunting with his hound dogs, which he raised and sold for many years.
A patient man with a giving spirit, he was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Midland.
In 1982, he married the love of his life, the former Barbara Thomas of East Liverpool. They loved being involved in all the activities of their children and grandchildren until her death on January 1, 2015.
Joe is survived by his family, daughter, Whitney Wright and her husband, William and their daughter, London Autumn Wright of Bellevue, Pennsylvania; son, Zac Williams and Tamela Stewart and their daughter, Reagan Williams, of Midland; son, Michael Fleming and his family of Bulgaria and daughter, Keia Fountain and her family of Dallas, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Also surviving is a brother, Kenny Williams and his wife, Vicki, of Midland, as well as a sister, Judy Williams of Industry.
Joe was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lavada Fountain and Lavern Fountain and by two brothers, Grady Williams, Sr. and Robert Williams.
Joe’s cousin, Rev. Cordell Fountain of the First Baptist Church will officiate at a funeral service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 27 at the Dawson Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Friday, December 30 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.