Roy Lee Williams

Roy Lee Williams, 77, died Sunday morning, July 28, 2019 at Foothills Transitional Care, Maryville, TN.  He was a long-time resident at Parkside, and was looking forward to returning there to pure-joy with friends, picnic in the park or just sitting in the shade along the creek watching the ducks. He had a love for writing letters and a talent for word, card and board games. Although Roy’s life was fraught with loss of hearing and other disabilities, he was not miserable, but flourished and was one of the kindest men in life. He spent his early years at Blount County’s Children’s Home, a wonderful place where he was taught Christian ethics of respect and value and where he learned many things on the farm and enjoyed pleasure trips to Canada and other places. He came to value intellectual challenge attending Bungalow Elementary 6 years, Rockford post-secondary, and Porter High School. As an adult, living at Parkside, he committed to full participation in the Parkside Learning Center, and programs at the Everett Campus, earning the Student of the Year Award, and Honors. Even at advanced age, Roy discovered validation in the genius of distance studies —became passionate about gaining knowledge and wisdom from the Bible —stemming from his faith in Christ launched about age sixteen. Roy was born May 7, 1942 to parents W. Murphy and Reva L. (Heaton) Williams of Maryville. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister June Marshall and her husband Robert of Oklahoma; infant brothers and sister — twin Troy Bee Williams, Shirley Juanita Williams, and Jimmy James Williams. He is survived by several nieces and nephews of Oklahoma, loving friends, cousins, and special cousin Joyce Lee and deceased husband Ralph, and family of Maryville. The family wishes to extend heart-felt thanks to the staff of Foothills Transitional for the attention and care they provided for Roy. No memorial services are planned at this time.

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