The Obit For Robert Williams

Robert Leonard Williams

Published in Shelby Star on March 8, 2012

LAWNDALE-Robert Leonard Williams, 79, of 145 Queen Road passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.

Born June 19, 1932, in Hayesville, he was a son of the late Grady and Ethel Nabors Williams.

The family moved to Statesville, when Robert was six months old. Robert was a member of Polkville Baptist Church where he had taught Sunday school and led Wednesday night Bible study. He graduated from Statesville High School, Mitchell Community College, Lenoir Rhyne University and Appalachian State University and also did additional studies at University of Maryland, University of New Hampshire and University of New York at Geneseo.

Robert was a prolific writer and lover of literature. He taught at Statesville High School for seven years, Appalachian State University for two years and Gaston Community College for 20 years. Robert was a writer-in-Residence at Gaston College for nine years.

He established a family company, Rusty Gates Books, LLC, written 57 books on history, travel, mountain lore, how to, hiking and more than 1,000 magazine and newspaper articles. He also taught classes in writing at Cleveland Community College and led Tuesday Night Gang in publishing an anthology fireflies and junebugs.

Robert played baseball for the farm team of Washington Senators and served in the 350th Infintry of the Army in Austria during the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Johnny Williams, Grady Williams Jr., and Frank Williams and a sister, Doris Williams Mason.

Robert is survived by his wife of 40 years, Helen Elizabeth, son, Robert III; daughter, Gail (Ron) Smith; son Robert Williams Jr. and sisters, Carolyn (Jerry) Freeland, Janice Finkenstadt. He is also survived by grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at Polkville Baptist Church, Polkville
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Polkville Baptist Church, Polkville.

Officiated By: The Rev. Rick Hamrick and Dr. Vince Hefner.

Funeral Home: Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers - Polkville Baptist Church, PO Box 245, Polkville, NC 28136 or to the Donor's Choice.