BROOKSVILLE, FL- Wayne Elwin Williams, formerly of Jacksonville, VT, died peacefully at home in the company of his family on March 2. He fought a valiant fight against several serious chronic illnesses for many years without complaint.
Mr. Williams was born June 20, 1936, in South Royalton, VT. In 1940, he was adopted by Elwin and Lila Williams, of Jacksonville, VT. He graduated from Whitingham, VT School in 1954. He worked with his father as a housepainter before joining the US Navy where he served for four years. He also served in both the Naval and Army reserves following his honorable discharge from the Navy.
On August 29, 1959, he married Sandra D. Twiss, of Readsboro, VT. He served as the postmaster in Jacksonville, VT for 32 years, retiring in 1991. Following his retirement, he and Sandra moved to Stratford, NY, to the home they built and affectionately called “Vermont West.” They spent the summer months there and the winters in Brooksville.
Mr. Williams loved people and loved his community. He coached Little League and even bought the first uniforms for the team in Jacksonville. He was a founding member of the Whitingham Rescue Squad and served many years as an EMT. He was also a member of the Whitingham Fire Department. When the young people of Jacksonville needed something to do, he suggested that the community install a basketball court at the municipal center and he funded that venture. He was a member of the Freemasons and the EZ Riders Snowmobile Club in Jacksonville.
He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching Tom Brady lead the New England Patriots to repeated victories.
He was a self-taught musician who loved country and bluegrass music. For many years, he played and sang country music with several bands throughout New England.
Mr. Williams was a fisherman and an avid hunter of rabbits, raccoons, whitetail deer, and bears. He also enjoyed cultivating blueberries and blackberries both in New York and in Brooksville.
He always had a smile and a quick dry wit that made others chuckle. He saw the good in everyone and never hesitated to encourage those around him. He was generous with his time and was very proud of his children and family.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Elmer Jones, and his sisters Lois Dudley, Barbara Randolph, and Joyce McCook.
He is survived by his spouse, Sandra; his four children, Gwendolyn W. Harris, of Brooksville, Aaron C. Williams, of Tampa, Jennifer W. Corse and her husband Wayne Corse, of Brooksville, and Dwight E. Williams and his wife Janet Hoffmann of Broadalbin, NY; and his brother, Alvah Jones Jr., of Springfield, VT. He leaves six grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children and the Wounded Warriors Project. A memorial service will be held at a later date.