Alvin Royce Williams, 70, of Piggott, Ark., passed away Friday, April 16, 2010, in the Piggott Community Hospital at Piggott.
He was born June 28, 1939, and was the son of the late Alvin and Nora A. Seal Williams.
He was united in marriage to June Vancil on Oct. 10, 1958, and to this union five daughters were born.
He was a member of the Piggott Masonic Lodge # 545, President of the Piggott Cemetery Association for over 25 years, a member of the VFW, American Legion, and many other civic organizations.
Williams began his military career in Battery C, 709th Field Artillery Battalion (self propelled), of the Arkansas Army National Guard on February 20, 1956, as a private.
After graduating from Piggott High School he joined the Navy in August of 1957, entering the Navy submarine school in New London, Conn. He then spent the rest of his 4-year Navy hitch on the USS Queenfish. In December 1964 he attended the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Hood, Texas, and in May 1965 he entered the OCS School at Camp Robinson. After that he attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. He was promoted in September 1965 to staff sergeant as a field artillery crewman in the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade. He retired as a Colonel, and was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame on November 4, 2006.
He was the recipient of a large number of awards and medals, including the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service medals, Navy Good Conduct medal, National Defense medal, Overseas Service medal, two Army Commendation medals, Arkansas Service Ribbon and Arkansas Distinguished Service medal. He was voted as the 39th Infantry Brigade Outstanding Commander in 1977.
Throughout his military career Williams divided his time among rearing his family of five daughters, owner of Al Williams and Sons Nursery, and serving in the Arkansas National Guard.
He is survived by his wife June Williams, of Piggott; five daughters, Vanessa Hartwell and husband Brad, of Fagus, Mo., Penny Ballard, of Piggott, Sandy Scheffler and husband, Bradley, of Piggott, Laura Copelin and husband Alan, of Jonesboro, Ark., and Dina Hope, of Hattiesburg, Miss.; 10 grandchildren, Scott Hartwell and wife Rebecca ,of Piggott, Jodi Lilly and husband, Josh, of Dexter, Mo., Logan Ballard, of Piggott, Cynthia Gossett and husband, Travis, of Piggott, Alex and Jessie Scheffler, both of Piggott, Aspen and Sophie Copelin ,both of Jonesboro, and Hunter and Emily Hope, both of Hattiesburg; five great-grandchildren, Evan, Eli, Bo, Emma, and Cayla Jo; four sisters, Glenda Byrd and husband, Bob, of Piggott, twin sister, Joyce Ann Moore and husband Bill, of Memphis, Tenn., Juanita Guite of Piggott, and Irene Joplin of Livingston, Texas, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were Monday, April 19, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church at Piggott, with Rob Welborn and Kevin Murray officiating.
Burial was in the Piggott Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Hartwell, Logan Ballard, Hunter Hope, Travis Gossett, Josh Lilly, Chris Warbritton, Chad Featherston, and Daniel Baldwin.
Honorary pallbearers were Cord Sutfin, H.A. Wellman, Bill Warmath, Tom Thomas, Tom Dixon, Ed Thompson, Charles Wright, Kevin Adams, David Ballard, Bob Byrd, and Thomas Sneed.
Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.