LTC Lester H. Williams, Jr., 76, of Odessa, TX, passed away on 10 December 2018 in Odessa, TX.
Visitation will be 6-8 PM, Thursday, 13 December 2018 at Sunset Memorial Garden Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, Friday, 14 December 2018, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the REV. Dr. Weeks of Connection Christian Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial.
Lester was born in Temple, TX to Lester H. Williams, Sr. and Louise Sanders. He was in the first graduating class at Permian High School. He earned his bachelors at Texas Tech University and masters from Salve Regina University. He married Glendya Green on August 21, 1964 in Odessa, TX. He was a veteran of Viet Nam and served in the Marines and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star (3 OLC), Navy Commendation Medal (Combat V), and Purple Heart. He was involved in many organizations including The Chuck Wagon Gang, Odessa Downtown Lions Club, Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, Oil City Sams Club, Eastern Star, Masonic Organizations and a longtime member of First Christian Church (Connection Christian Church).
Lester is preceded in death by Lester H. Williams, Sr., Louise Sanders, and David Lee Williams.
Lester is survived by Glendya Williams, John David and Cathy Williams, John and Leslie Gillian, Martha Williams, John Wesley Williams and Leticia Volpe, Jaci and Cody Williams, and Jerry Gillian.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to Connection Christian Church.
The family of Les Williams wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all our family and friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send Family condolences please sign his guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
One of my most long term friends from way back in high school. You obviously lived your whole life just as in those days -- with a strong will, a good sense of humor, and a dedication to all you believed in and did. Such great memories for all of us to cherish! Rest now in peace as you deserve it............
Ray & Kathleen HawkinsSan Saba, TX
Lester was one of the kindest, fairest, most honest men I had ever had the privilege of knowing. Thank you Lester for the many conversations and care that you showed my parents and my family! Go rest high on that mountain!
Tammy Underwood DukeOzark, AR
This world will be so different without you here. I always knew you were just down the road if I ever needed you. Even after so many years I knew if I needed help or advice you would have done whatever you could to help me. Me the one who told you this was not the Marine Corp and I was not a marine! I look back now and laugh but at the time I was so serious and then of all things you started laughing. Not just laughing I mean laughing hard and boy did that tick me off. I have never forgotten that day (as you can tell) but that day was the start of a great friendship. I will miss you Les Williams. A man who could make my blood pressure rise but always to me a man who was an awesome father figure and mentor. Honestly you were a big ole teddy bear. One that I knew I could count on and I did. You probably don’t know how much I loved and respected you Les but then you never were looking for that kind of attention you just always wanted to help and care for people. God blessed me when you walked into my life and I am so thankful for that. You will be missed Les and I pray for Glendya, John and Leslie as they find there way in this world without you. I can tell them this though, I know where you are. You are marching those streets of gold and helping Jesus prepare our places up there in Heaven. In honor of you Lieutenant Colonel Lester H. Williams.
From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines
I look forward to seeing you again!
(And Thank you for teaching me to stand up for myself)
Glendya, Leslie and John you will all be in my prayers. May God’s loving arms be wrapped around you so tightly that you can smell him and know all will be ok.
Kathy HortonOdessa, TX
Out thoughts & prayers are with Les’s family...Robert enjoyed being in the Chuck Wagon Gang with him...
Robert & Wanda LomaxOdessa, TX
Les will be greatly missed. One of the very best friends I have ever had.
Martha PhillipsHenderson, TX
Duty, Honor, Country! Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis. Your Marines Salute You!
Doyle GartenJoplin, MO
One of the good guys. The world will be emptier without him. Good Night, Marine.
Anthony FosterFort Davis, TX
"Another Marine reporting, Sir. I've served my time in hell!" Thank you for your faithful service to our God, country, and family. Semper Fi, Colonel! Herb & Joyce
Herb & Joyce ClardyDenver City, TX
I'm sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. You have my condolences.
I so admired him and his engagement with the community! More than this he was a wonderful friend in the neighborhood and always smiled to make us feel better.
Carol Ann TrautOdessa, TX
Les was such a wonderful man. He was always so kind to me while I worked at First Christian Church. He will be greatly missed by many.
Debra FranklinOdessa, TX
On behalf of Donna and myself- our deepest sympathy upon the passing of Lester. His legacy was his service and leadership- in the Marines, Chuck Wagon Gang, civic organizations and his church and family. He had a wonderful heart full of love for his terrific family and for all. I am proud he was my first cousin and he will be missed by all.
Jack Clifford WilliamsAllen, TX
Mr. Williams was a wonderful man, he never met a stranger and always had a kind word .I attended the same church as him and I will miss him very much. The world has lost a great man but heaven has gained a beautiful soul.
Daurice Lismanodessa, TX
I know there is nothing I can actually say to ease your loss at this time. Les was such a good friend to us and there are too many memories to list. You will always be in my heart. Love to you all. ❤️
Lynda CantrellMadison, WI