Mr. Marion Russell Williams, age 86 died at the Hunter Hill Nursing and Rehab Facility in Rocky Mount, NC on Monday, January 6, 2014. He was a native of Nash County born to the late Ada Batchelor Williams and the late Earnest K. Williams. Mr. Williams join the US Navy during World War II, at the age of seventeen and served his country for a term of four years. During his services he was stationed in the South Pacific spending much of his time in the Philippines. He along with his two brothers, Clayton and Red were the owners and operators of the Friendly Grill in Enfield, NC. During the 1960s, he became the sole owner of the grill which he continued to operate. The Friendly Grill was opened in Enfield for some fifty years. He was a member of the Enfield Baptist Church and also a member of the VFW. Mr. Williams dealt in real estate and love collecting antique cars.
Along with his parents Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his sisters, Eula Davis and Ella Balance, and brothers, Clayton, Jack, Manuel Red, Tom and Max Williams.
Mr. Williams is survived by five sons; Leslie Brent Williams of Rocky Mount, NC, Philip McDonald Williams and his wife Judith of Loganville, GA, Timothy Stewart Williams of Rocky Mount, NC, Gary Russell Williams and his wife Sherri of Nashville, NC, Tracy Alan Williams of Atlanta, GA, four granddaughters; Brittany Williams of Greenville, NC, Taylor Williams of Blounts Creek, NC, Logan Williams of Nashville, NC, Marielle Williams of Logansville, NC, two grandsons, Colby Williams of Nashville, NC and Zachery Williams of Rocky Mount, NC, one great-grandson, Brayden Windley of Blounts Creek, NC and one sister, Millie Bryan of Rocky Mount, NC.
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Rich Square is honored to be handling the arrangements for the Williams family.
Thinking of and praying for your family
Rest In Peace Mr. Williams
Phillip, Brent, Timmy, Gary, and Tracy…you are in our thoughts and hearts. Uncle Russell was Dad’s brother Burt and I knew the best, spending so many afternoons at your house growing up…probably why I was such a tomboy, just trying to keep up with the boys. Dad would take us to the Friendly Grill on Saturday mornings before he took us out to pick corn or peas or whatever he had in mind and Uncle Russell would make us cheeseburgers for breakfast…so cool when you’re 8! To this day, I don’t eat a cheeseburger with mustard and chili that I don’ t have a Friendly Griill / Uncle Russell flashback.
‘It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter, and although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again. Thinking of you and your family during this time. The Barkley family
My thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time.
We are so sorry about your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Phil and Denice Keeter
I am so sorry for to hear about your Dad. He was such a good person.
Russell played a very important part in our lives. He was very faithful to the Baptist Church before he got sick and could no longer attend. All of us have missed being able to talk with him all these years.
So sorry to hear about the loss of Russell Williams. He was a wonderful man and my prayers go out to the family and friends.
My condolences and prayers to the family! May God Bless you all!!