DUNN — Thomas Autry Williams, 99, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at home surrounded by his family and loving Care Givers.
He was born to the late Maggie Baggett Williams and Emmett A. Williams on Oct. 21, 1919. He was a graduate of Westbrook High School in Sampson County.
Mr. Williams’ career began with serving proudly in the U.S. Navy during WWII for 33 months. At the time of his death, he was the third oldest known WW II Veteran in Sampson County. Upon returning home, he married the love of his life, Ethel Elizabeth Hairr and began a career with the Veterans Administration. He was assigned to Durham, Salisbury, and Winston-Salem, N.C.
In 1956, he returned to his roots in the Sampson and Harnett County areas, working as manager and partner in the Williams Sand and Gravel Company. From his previous time in Durham, he began working part time, and later full time, with the Electrolux Cooperation, selling and servicing vacuum cleaners, earning numerous sales awards. He worked with Electrolux products into his 90’s and is still affectionally known as the “Electrolux Man.”
Mr. Williams was a lifetime member of Spring Branch Baptist Church in Dunn, N.C., and served as a Deacon, choir and quartet member, and Choir Director for many years. He also was a member of the American Legion, the Lions Club, and the The Grange. He was a wonder Christian with a kind demeanor and a contagious sense of humor.
To his many family and friends he leaves a legacy that will be difficult duplicate or replace.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Larry Thomas Williams and wife Cindy Bolick of Hickory, N.C.; and daughter in law, Cathy Williams of Indian Trail, N.C.
Grandchildren, Hilary W. and Ryan Bradley, Christin W. and Heath Leggett, and Alison W. and Marshall Bullard. Great-grandchildren, Holden, Cass, and Kathleen Leggett, Cora and Barrett Bradley. Also, brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Joanne Williams, sister-in-law, Carolyn Hairr, and brother and sister-in-law, Graham and Amily Hairr.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, and his beloved son, Dennis Autry Williams. He was also preceded by his brothers, Dwight, Sherrill, and Gibson, and their wives.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Spring Branch Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:30 with burial to follow in the Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Liberty Hospice or Spring Branch Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Skinner & Smith Funeral Home.