After an extended period of declining health, including a brave battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Richard B. Williams, age 86, of North Wilkesboro, passed away, Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro.

Mr. Williams lived at his lifetime homesite in the Cricket community with his beloved wife and caregiver, Betty J. Williams, until his final month. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Cricket Baptist Church prior to his illness.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 24, 2020 at Miller Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lyn Lambert officiating. Burial will follow at Welcome Home Baptist Church Cemetery. The body will lie in state at Miller Funeral Service from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Welcome Home Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 132 Welcome Home Church Road, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Richard was born in Wilkes County on February 28, 1934 to William Avery and Roxie Lankford Williams. In his earlier years, he worked as a crane operator, laying pipe for water lines in Wilkes as well as Guilford County and Washington, D.C. Later, he retired from American Drew after 24 years of employment. During his retirement years, Richard enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, major league baseball, listening to blue grass music, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was affectionately nicknamed “the King” and known for raising game fowl.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by two infant sons, Richard B. Williams, Jr. and John Robert Williams; three brothers, Coy Lankford, Don Williams, and Ernest Williams; and his sister, Reba Pearson.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Betty Jane Porter Williams, of the home; brother, Floyd Williams (Shirley) of Millers Creek; two sons, Ricky D. Williams (Rhonda) of Wilkesboro and Randy P. Hawkins (Kayla) of Hays; daughters, Mary Kay Williams of Greensboro, Kathy Motsinger (James) of Boomer; grandchildren, Amanda Owens (Shane), Richie Williams (Kris), Dustin Wright (Brooke), Emily Cox (Marcus), Austin Motsinger and five other grandchildren; six great grandchildren, Dylan Owens, Lynnon Williams, Jonah Wright, Beau Wright, Carter Cox and Camden Cox; several nieces and nephews, he loved dearly.

Pallbearers will be Charles Wright, James Motsinger, Richie Williams, Dustin Wright, Marcus Cox and Austin Motsinger.

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