Jerry Lou Williams was called home to our lord and Savior at the age of 83 on October 2, 2021. He was a mentor to many as well as a friend to all. The world has lost a great & loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and hero.
Jerry was a native of Pulaski, VA and attended Pulaski High School, which led him to join the US NAVY. Jerry, also known as, “Pretty Boy Pulaski”, served in the US Navy with honor in many varied assignments around the world for just over 25 years, including 7 years of wartime in Vietnam. He went from a Seaman Recruit to the rate of Gunner’s Mate Missile Chief (E-7)receiving several medals and awards and ending his career at Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA. He would then become the Missile Production Deck Supervisor, the Leading Chief of the Special Services Division and finishing his time out as General Manager of Holly Oaks Golf Course, turning it into one of the finest courses in the Navy. Many times over, he earned the Navy’s traditional “Well Done Chief”.
After serving his country and time at the Naval Weapons Station, his adventures led him to Newport News, VA where he would raise his family and later become the Park Operations/ Pest Control General Manager at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Old Country) where he received several awards to include prettiest theme park in the US, until he retired in April 2012, after another 22 years of service. Jerry was a hardworking, knowledgeable, dedicated, kind, caring, and selfless man. Throughout his life he enjoyed playing golf and also played in the Pro Am tournaments and even had a few tournaments named in honor of him. In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling around the US and to historical sites with his family, he had a passion for watching sports, among his favorites were football and nascar and loved watching westerns. His most cherished love was caring for his Shih Tzus, Ichiban & Niban.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Bennett Williams & Maggie Vaughn Williams, his siblings, J.B Williams, Tony Williams, Barbara Larsen & Margie Williams Dodd and his children, Michael Williams and Gary Williams.
Left to cherish his fond memories are his devoted Honey-san, Hideko Ossa; his children, Christine Joni Williams (Jason Pipkin), Jennifer Hahn, Dusty Williams (Jane Chester), Mark (Belinda) Williams, Donna (Timothy) Smith Sandra (Barry) Songer, Joey Williams; his siblings, June Williams, Mary Davis, Curt (Jeanette) Williams, Esther (Ralph) Roupe; as well as many grand children, extended family members and friends.
Family will receive visitors Friday Oct. 8, 2021 between 5pm-7pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home located at 12893 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA, 23608. The Funeral Service is scheduled Saturday October 9, 2021 celebrating Jerrys life will be held at 10:00 a.m., at Altmeyer Funeral Home.
Jerry will be laid to rest in his final resting place with military honors at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, with his fellow shipmates and brothers in arms, located at 5310 Millers Road, Suffolk, VA 23434, on Wednesday Oct. 20, 2021 at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society of the United States. Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home.
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 am
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