Gayford M. Williams, 81 - Lubeck

Gayford M. Williams, 81, of Lubeck WV passed away on Oct. 22, 2014 at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born in Ritchie County on Feb. 19, 1933, the second son of the late James C. Williams and Amy Tingler Williams.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He retired from DuPont, Filaments Division, in 1991 after 33 years and nine months of service.

He was a member of Lauckport United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees and was an usher. He enjoyed Sunday dinners with his family, hunting, spending time with his DuPont friends at the southside McDonalds and going to Boone's Bow Shop. He was also a member of the DuPont silhouette shooting team.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Glenna Jackson Williams; daughters, Beth Baker (Chris) of Washington, W.Va., and Sara Reeves (Chris Shockey) of Lubeck; granddaughter Breanne Baker of Dunbar; step-granddaughter, Megan Reeves (Justin Rhodes); step great-grandson, Bryson Rhodes of Parkersburg; his mother-in-law, Kathleen Jackson; brother, Roydice (Sue) Williams of Grantsville; and sister, Erma Yost (Arthur) of Amesville, Ohio. He has two sisters-in-law, Violet Williams of Big Bend and Sharon Williams of Parkersburg, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Wilford and Bernard Ray Williams; sister, Freda Purdue; and one infant sister, Naomi Williams.

He will sadly be missed by his family and friends.

Services will be Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Revs. Ken Nolan and Jamie Sprague officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at Lubeck Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 24, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lauckport United Methodist Church, 908 Camden Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101 or to the charity of your choice.