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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • David Elmer Williams

  • David Elmer Williams, 88, of Tempe, Ariz., died on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
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  • David Elmer Williams, 88, of Tempe, Ariz., died on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
    He was born in Macon City, Macon County, Mo., on Jan. 21, 1924, to the late James Elmer Williams and Lena Bissoux Williams.
    He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris May Clark Williams of Tempe, Ariz.; and by three children, Terry Wayne Williams of Vancouver, Wash.; Tommy Joe Williams of 2721 Brambleton Ave., S.W., Roanoke, Va., 24015; and Tammy Colleen Williams Schembri of Tempe, Ariz.
    David Williams attended Rensselaer High School in Missouri and married Doris May Clark on Dec. 25, 1944, in Hannibal, Mo. He was a member of the Hydesburg Methodist Church from the 1940s until 1962, when he moved to Arizona. He formerly resided in Rural Route 1 in Ralls County, Mo.
    In Missouri, he was a farmer and worked other full-time jobs, including as a driver for the Midland Milk Co. He moved to Arizona in 1962, where he was a mechanical engineer for Arizona State University and before that, the University of Arizona. He always worked two full-time jobs, including construction.
    He was particularly dedicated to his wife, children, work, the scriptures and a modest lifestyle. He was an avid reader.
    He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    A memorial service was held on Sept. 15, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz.

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