Robert Leonard Williams
Published in Shelby
Star on March 8, 2012
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.