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Robert E. Williams, Sr. “Gene”

June 15, 1932 — April 2, 2021

Robert E. Williams, Sr. “Gene” passed peacefully away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at his residence. Gene was born on June 15, 1932 in West Point, MS to the late Eneth Raymond and Estella Waldrop Williams of Aberdeen. He was a longtime member of South Side Baptist Church. Gene honorably served his country in the Korean War. He graduated from Aberdeen High School upon his return from the service. For 25 years, he along with his wife, Colleen, owned and operated Williams Grocery Store. Gene went on to work for the City of Aberdeen Street Department, retiring in 1995 as a supervisor. He also served as an alderman for the city of Aberdeen from 1968 to 1976. He was a member of the American Legion and served as treasurer for the Antique and Classic Car Club for several years.

Gene is survived by his wife of 67 years, Iris Colleen Lancaster Williams, son, Robert E. Williams, Jr (Mary Jo), Aberdeen; granddaughter, Dr. Allie Williams Lambert (Eric) of Las Cruces, New Mexico; sister, Carolyn Cork (Colon), Milport, AL; brother, Harold Williams, Lebanon, TN; sisters in law, Doris L. Sloan, Tupelo and Shirley L. Reese, Hamilton and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Charles Raymond Williams.

Private family services will be held at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen with Bro. David Harrell officiating. Pallbearers will be Frank Bender, Kevin Cox, Russell Sloan, Tuck Jones, Walter Lann III and Ray Hancock. Honorary pallbearers will be Colon Cork and Eric Lambert.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

Tisdale Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is honored to be serving the Williams Family. Condolences may be shared at
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