Obit – Herbert G. Williams

Former Editor Clarence Courier Herbert G. Williams Died Monday

Herbert Gayle (Herb) Williams, 86, Editor of The Clarence Courier for 40 years, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009, at 4:30 a.m. in Boone Hospital Center in Columbia after battling Amyloidosis for seven years.

He was born at Novinger, MO, on February 13, 1923, the son of Roy London and Lizzie Cathryn (Hamilton) Williams.

He was married to Marjorie Maxine Weems on February 9, 1946. She survives. In addition to his wife, Marge, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis Weems Williams and Deborah Sue (Vickers) Williams of Clarence; three granddaughters and their husbands, Staci and Byron McLelland of Clarence, Heidi and Chris Dimmitt of Shelbina, and Tiffany and Ryan Schwada of Lentner; five great-grandchildren, Blythe and Blaire McLelland, Kemper and Perri Dimmitt, and Reid Schwada; two brothers, Perry and his wife Evelyn Williams of Kirksville, and Donald Williams and his friend, Maryam Morrison of Dunedin, Florida; one nephew and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Williams; and a niece, Merri Beth Hofacker.

Herb was a veteran of World War II, entering in February 1943, serving in the European Theatre of Operations with the 13th Major Port Transportation Company from December 1943 to January 1946. He looked forward to going to their army reunions.

Herb graduated from the Novinger High School in 1941, attended college at Pittsburg State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas, worked at the Shelby County Herald and then was employed by a daily newspaper, The Decatur Herald & Review owned by the Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers in Decatur, IL, for 10 years. He and his wife bought the Clarence Courier in 1958 and in 1997 sold it to their son Dennis and wife, Debbie.

Herb was a member of the Clarence United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees for several years. He had also served as president of the Democrat Editors of Missouri, president of the Northeast Missouri Press Association, treasurer of the Missouri Press Association, member of the Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years, 50 year member of the Clarence American Legion Post 309 and was a lifetime member of the Clarence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8177. He enjoyed his family and he had a large interest in trains.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Clarence. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Beryl Cragg officiating, assisted by Pastor Larry DeSpain. Burial with Military Rites by the Clarence Veterans will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Clarence.

Memorials may be made to the Clarence United Methodist Church, Maplewood Cemetery or Helping Hand of Clarence.

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