Apr 102013

John Henry “Bud” Williams, 79, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013. A memorial service was held March 19 at the Burton Baptist Church in Burton.
He was a loving husband of AnnMarie Williams of Show Low for 26 years; and was a proud father of three from a previous marriage to Janice Olson-Galvaz, including John T. Williams of Colorado, Teri Williams of Missouri and Jeff Williams of Phoenix. He also had five stepchildren, Brenda Doro of Georgia, Cynthia Burnash (deceased), Laurie Agan of New York, Skip Burnash of New Hampshire and Kelly Soly of Florida; and is also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The last of 17 children, John Henry was born on Feb. 11, 1934, in Bennington, Okla., to the late Henry Clay and Carrie Alice (Davis) Williams.
John Henry, a patriot and great American, nobly served our country with active service in the armed forces for a total of 20 years. After graduating from Snowflake High School in 1952, he went immediately to Phoenix and directly into the U.S. Air Force. He served gallantly in the USAF for over 20 years, where his career encompassed three years in Alaska, serving our country in the Korean War, and he was attached to the Special Forces, bravely serving as a weapons maintenance supervisor training and supporting soldiers on the front lines in Vietnam as a technical sergeant.
He was an open-minded and caring person, which, throughout his career in Vietnam, included an honor of being inducted into a native tribe because he cared for them with supplies such as soap and food. His faith in the Lord and Romans 8:28 provided a great source of support for him while in Vietnam. After a direct commission to the ranks of chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army, he served another year in Vietnam and then transferred to Hanau, Germany, where he served for three years.
John Henry held careers as a businessman, a silversmith and entrepreneur. He was very passionate about his hobbies as a prospector, gold miner and business mentor. He was a supportive, fun, loyal and loving friend.
Memorial contributions to Arizona Baptist Children’s Services or to The Wounded Veterans Association have been suggested by his family.
Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.Williams, John Henry