Jerry L. Williams, 74, of Carmi, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. He was born June 3, 1939 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of J. Frank and Lois (Smith) Williams. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Carmi.
Jerry was an educator, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Horticulture, and a majority of work toward his Doctorate degree in Mathematics Education, all from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He later earned an additional Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Statistics from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
Throughout his teaching career, Jerry taught at the University of Illinois, University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, Parkland College, and many high schools in southern Illinois, including Carmi High School.
He was an Air Force veteran and was the Officer in Charge of the 3380th Technical School Drum and Bugle Corps, which flourished under his leadership.
He owned and operated the retail establishment of Williams Horticulture Service for several years. After closing the retail store, he continued his love for landscaping as a consultant for many businesses and residences in southern Illinois.
The Carmi Public Library was of great interest to Jerry and he tirelessly tended the grounds to ensure the landscaping was always in order. Model train collecting was his passion and he enjoyed displaying some of his many trains at Christmas time at the Library.
Survivors include his mother, Lois Williams of Carmi; son Carl (Michele) Williams of Clay, Ky.; sister Janet (John) Nichols of the United Kingdom; and his close personal friend Diana "Diya" Jarboe of Lawrenceville.
He is preceded in death by his father, J. Frank Williams.
Visitation and funeral are Saturday, June 29 at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 10 a.m. and the funeral is at noon. Military rites will be conducted following the funeral on the North parking lot of Cook Funeral Chapel. Jerry's remains will be cremated following services.
Memorials may be made to the Carmi Public Library. For more information, visit cookfuneralchapel.com.