Funeral services for Mr. Ely Williams, age 83, of Fayette, were held Monday, September 14, 2020 from the chapel at Nelson Funeral Home in Fayette. Dr. Scott Davis and Rev. Clyde Stevens officiated. Mr. Williams was born on February 26, 1937. Mr. Williams passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, September 11 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Interment followed the service at Heritage Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Williams served in the Air Force for five years and after leaving the military, returned to Alabama where he attended Walker College and worked for the vending business his brother operated. He started and operated Northwest Alabama Vendors, a full line machine vending service until he sold out in 1983. After leaving the vending business, he started Southern Needleworks, a computerized embroidery service which he operated until his death. Other businesses that he was involved with include Adventure Apparel, a garment manufacturing company, B & E Sales, a promotional products distributor and W & W Sales, a wholesale ice distributor.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Williams of Fayette; daughter, Donna Elmore of Fayette; son, Tommy Williams (Robin) of Fayette; one brother, Roy Williams of Tuscaloosa; three sisters, Catherine Williams of Tuscaloosa, Sara Malone (Newton) of Tuscaloosa, and Grace Cargile (James) of Fayette; and three grandchildren, Alex and Allen Williams and Ryan Strickland
Active pallbearers were Ryan Strickland, Alex Williams, Allen Williams, Marty Cargile, Buddy Strickland, and Josh Jackson.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Fred Yerby, Dr. Harold Breitling, James Lenard, Robert Maddox of Jasper, Doug Williams, Jim Markham, Bill Sanford, Terry Stripling, Lorene Long, and Kelly Cunningham.
To honor Mr. Williams’ memory mourners were encouraged to wear their favorite Alabama shirt and those who wore ties asked to remove or loosen their neck tie.
In lieu of flowers, mourners were encouraged to make a donation of their choice to the Fayette County Gideons, P. O. Box 421, Fayette, AL 35555 or to the Fayette Christian Center of Concern in Fayette.
Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.
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