Lowell was born on Monday, Aug. 28, 1922 in Pope County to George and Lena Williams. Mr. Williams’ ancestors have been residents of southern Illinois since 1805.
Mr. Williams married Essie Mae Sowels of Saline County on Oct. 2, 1940. He enlisted in the United State Marine Corps in 1943 serving with both the Marine 2nd and 4th divisions in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the surrender of Japan, he was a member of the U.S. Occupation Force and later served as part of the military guard protecting President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Mr. Williams was a Church of God minister, serving congregations in Arcadia, Ind., Roseburg, Ind., Tuscola, Centralia and Crawfordsville, Ind. Besides his pastoral duties Mr. Williams served on many state and national boards and committees of the Church of God.
After his retirement in 1984, he returned to southern Illinois where he served churches on an interim basis. He was also heavily involved in community work in Massac County.
During his lifetime, Mr. Williams was often recognized for his service. He was included in the Dictionary of International Biography and was twice listed in Who’s Who in Religion.
He is survived by his son, Bob Williams of Fletcher, N.C.; his granddaughters, Jennifer Vann of Marietta, Ga. and Amy Joyce of Waltham, Mass.; one grandson, Dustin Eckenberg of Metropolis; and great-grandchildren, Noah Vann, Esther Vann, Caroline Joyce, Hayden Eckenberg and C.J. Eckenberg.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his wife, Essie in 1997.
Funeral service was held Monday at Miller Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Glen Stewart and Ryan Vann officiating. Music was provided by Cathey Tilker.
Burial followed at Spring Valley Cemetery in Saline County. Pallbearers were Gene and Steve Tilker, Dustin Eckenberg, Ryan Vann, Mark Joyce and Patrick Terry.