Mr. John Thomas Williams, age 71, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at his home.
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John was born on January 19, 1950 in Hannibal, Mo., a son of Lawrence R. and Janet C. (Mefford) Williams. He was married on February 21, 1976 to Mary C. Martin.
John graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1968. After graduation, he joined the United States Army Reserves serving our country for over 9 years as a heavy equipment operator, and used his love of Drag Racing to help with recruiting for the Army. He was also a proud member of the American Legion Roscoe Enloe Post 5.
John retired from the Missouri Department of Revenue Tax Division. Prior to that he was the Manager of multiple convenience stores in the Jefferson City and surrounding areas.
John was a fun loving guy that enjoyed gatherings with friends and family where he was known for his famous BBQ. He could often be found in his garage drinking a cold one and listening to Classic Rock. John also loved Nascar, working on racecars, and building BBQ grills.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 44 years, Mary; daughter, Nikki Backes (Shaun) of Taos, Mo; son, Jason Williams (Anna) of Jefferson City, Mo; brothers, Larry Williams (Ginny) of Jefferson City, Mo., and Bill Schulze (Marlene) of Colorado; eight grand-children, Cole Jungmeyer, Ryleigh Williams, Jordan Williams, Hope Williams, Madison Backes, Morgan Vieira, Olivia Vieira, and Lillian Vieira.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Chester Schulze.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at the DAV Chapter 17, 5054 Monticello Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109 on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 1:00 until 5:00 PM. Military honors will be rendered at 4:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Heart Association and The American Cancer Society.