Ronald “Ronnie” Wayne Williams

Published 12:22 am Monday, May 30, 2016

NATCHEZ — Services for Ronald “Ronnie” Williams, 73, of Vidalia, who died Friday, March 27, 2016, in Alexandria, La., will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchez with the Rev. Walton Jones officiating.

Burial will follow at Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.

Visitation will be at Young’s Funderal Home in Ferriday from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a visitation in Natchez at Kuehnle Hall next to the church at 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service.

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Mr. Williams was born in Alexandria, La., at Baptist Hospital in 1942, the son of Wayne and Julia Williams. He returned home 100 yards away from Baptist Hospital at Rapides May 27 after a long battle with cancer. Beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather, Ronnie was a good man in every sense of the word — kind, gentle, generous, brave, tough, moral, smart, patient, caring, handsome and good humored. He lettered in four sports while attending Pineville High School and ran track while matriculating at Northeast Louisiana University, where he obtained a business degree and later moved to Ferriday and Vidalia. He was a founder of the Ferriday chapter of Ducks Unlimited, coached the saltiest T-ball teams, winning 64 games in a row and was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, who spent his life exploring new places and ways to hunt and fish. Before four-wheelers, there was Ronnie’s red truck — we all recognized it immediately.

He was a Christian. He and his wife, Ruth, shared many exciting adventures and peaceful times, too — fishing, traveling, dining, living life as well as a loving couple could. Ronnie was a respected, attentive and savvy State Farm agent for 50 years.

If you needed Ronnie, he was always there when you needed him (and he was usually an hour early). His death was too early, and there won’t be another quite like him. God bless Ruth, God bless Ronnie, and God bless all who knew and loved this singularly splendid Southern gentleman. Thank you to M.D. Anderson for their special care and to Dr. Christine Ince in Alexandria for her comforting guidance and care.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by both of his parents and his stepson, Jay Mulhearn.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Williams; his borthers, George Williams and his wife Gwen of Pineville, La., and Mike Williams and his wife of Mandy of Charlotte, N.C.; sons Greg Williams and his wife, Aubry, of Memphis, Tenn., and Kevin Williams and his wife, Kathryn, of Monroe, La.; stepchildren Brian Mulhearn and his wife, Ann, of Memphis, and Shea Stillwell and her husband, Keith, of Benton, Ark.; nephews Wade Williams, Mike Williams and Thomas Williams; and grandchildren Julie, Eliza, Edith, Mary Hunter, Mallory, Clay, Andrew, Patrick, Lizzie, Stratton and Adam.

Pallbearers will be George Williams, Mike Williams, Greg Williams, Kevin Williams, Clay Williams, Andrew Williams, Brian Mulhearn, Patrick Mulhearn, Wade Williams, Thomas Williams, Mike Williams, Bobby Harmon and Tommy Ellett.