Mr. Audrey J. Williams, age 97, of 147 Reed Street, Biltmore, NC, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, NC. Audrey was born at 50 ½ Broadway in Asheville, NC on March 18, 1923. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy Joseph Williams and Vertie Eloise Bradley Williams and his only sibling, a sister, Clara Violet Williams Hobbs and her husband Mr. R. J. Hobbs, Jr.
He is survived by a niece, Deborah Lee Sutphin, of Rockingham, VA; three great nieces, Allison Lee Gilbert and her husband, Ryan Gilbert from Wilmington, NC, Laura M. Riner and her husband, Paul Riner; their children, Leonie and Ray, from Harrisonburg, VA, and Mary Elizabeth Dayton and her husband, Peter Dayton; their daughter, Audrey from Kenbridge, VA; and many cousins in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
In 1929, the Williams family moved to Reed Street in Biltmore, NC and Audrey and Clara went to Biltmore Elementary and High School. Audrey served in the Army, in WW2, North Africa and Italy. Audrey graduated from Mars Hill Jr. College in 1949 and then transferred to NC State where he studied Civil Engineering. Before college, he worked for the DOT for a few months in the summer of 1946. After college, he worked for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock company for a few years and then for U.S.D.A. from which he retired in 1975. He enjoyed country and gospel music, sports; mainly baseball(a big Braves fan), old western movies with John Wayne, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston.
A few verses from the Bible that he found comforting are Deuteronomy 10:12, Micah 6:8, Proverbs 3:5-7, Matthew 6:33 and John 3:16.
For their assistance, kind and gentle care, Audrey would like to extend a very great big thank you and sincere appreciation to the following: Care-partners, Meals on Wheels, Donald and Aileen Jones, Charles Whitaker, Ray and Jean Caudle, Paul and Frankie Smith, Linda Craft, Harold (Pap) Bartlett, and Penland Family Funeral Home.
Please do not send any flowers. Instead, the family respectfully requests that you make a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Audrey.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:00pm with Chaplain Jack Taylor officiating at Green Hills Cemetery; located at, 25 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806.
Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Williams Family and assisting them with arrangements.
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