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Michael “Mike” Williams, 69, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on April 7, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Michael was born on April 29, 1942 in El Reno, Oklahoma to E. W. Williams & Rita (Sheppard) Williams. Michael graduated from high school in Reno, NV after attending Christ the King School and Bishop McGuiness High School in Oklahoma City. He was united in marriage July 1, 1972 to Lois Ann (Nelson) Williams in Alexandria, Virginia.
Michael had a proud career with the United States Coast Guard. He joined the Coast Guard at the age of 17 and retired with the rank of Yeoman Chief Petty Officer. He was highly decorated, earning the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Commandant Letter of Commendation Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal with two Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal, and Antarctic Service Medal. After retiring from military service Michael worked several different jobs in Oklahoma City, but his favorite was his last – working in the Produce Department of the Homeland at Britton and May.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Patrick Williams. He is survived by his loving wife of over 40 years, Lois of Oklahoma City; daughter, Michelle and husband David Phillips; grandson, Stone Phillips of Houston, TX and Raton, NM; brother-in-law, Tom Nelson and wife Janie of Mountain City, TN; and nephews, Tim Nelson and John Nelson, and their families all of Mountain City, TN. He also leaves behind his adored dog, Nanna.
Michael was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed always.
The Williams family would like to give special thanks to the oncology team at the Oklahoma Cancer Center for helping Michael with his battle against cancer. The family also thanks the staff with Valir Hospice and all of our neighbors and friends for making Michael's final days peaceful.
Funeral services were held at 2pm, Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Memorial Park Historic Cemetery Chapel with interment following at Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation was at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Wednesday.
Memorial Park Funeral Home of Oklahoma City, OK was in charge of the arrangements. As requested, this obituary is a courtesy of Mountain City Funeral Home of Mountain City, Tennessee.