Horace Lee ‘Shorty’ Williams, 91, served during WWII with the U.S. Navy

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Horace Lee “Shorty” Williams
Horace Lee “Shorty” Williams

Horace Lee “Shorty” Williams, of Wilmington, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at the age of 91.

He was born Sept. 19, 1924, in Nash County, son of the late Joseph Mack Williams and Mary Vick Williams. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Christine Godbold Williams; grandson, Thomas Ray Williams Jr.; and a great-granddaughter, Danyel Williams.

Horace was a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle in Wilmington. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the Pacific and Iwo Jima during WWII. Also he was a retiree of Federal Paper Company in Riegelwood.

Surviving are his children, Harold Lee Williams (Annette), Thomas Ray Williams (Gloria), Donald Joseph Williams (Tana) and Margaret “Maggie” Asbell (Mike); grandchildren, Brian Lee Williams, Christy Kremin, Christopher “Scott” Williams, Andrea Horne, Lori Smithey and Wesley Green; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Betty Ruth Moore and Maggie Pearl Nance.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the funeral home with the Rev. L.E. Logue officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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