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Benjamin F. Williams, 90, of Clinton, Ark., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. He was born May 2, 1922, at Lexington Community, Ark., to the Late T.I. and Rosa D. (Guffey) Williams.
Ben was a retired businessman and cattle farmer, a member of Lexington Baptist Church, a charter member of the Gideon’s International Clinton Camp and a World War II Veteran.
His business ventures included Williams Feed Store, Van Buren County Livestock Auction, Fur and Ginseng Co., sawmill and timber operations and his cattle farming. His early farming was done with a team of mules. He was a trapper and bought and sold fur most of his life.
Ben loved his country and proudly served during WW II from October 1942 through December 1945. He was part of General Patton’s Third Army and drove a truck for laying telephone lines for their communication system. He was part of the Normandy Invasion and Battle of the Bulge. He traveled through 7 countries and was in the Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns.
But most of all Ben loved the Lord. He came to know the Lord as his personal savior as a teenager. He was ordained as a Deacon at Lexington Baptist Church on October 9, 1955, and was a Sunday school teacher for many years.
He was instrumental in organizing the Gideon’s International Clinton Camp in 1979. He was passionate about this ministry that delivers Bibles worldwide to schools, hotels, hospitals, prisons, military members, and others. He would happily tell you about many changed lives through this Bible ministry. His Gideon speaking appointments covered at least 40 churches for the Clinton camp and he spoke many times each year. He continued witnessing for the Lord even in the nursing home and would sing to the staff.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jake and Glen Williams; and sisters Goldia Harness, Alice Hayes, Pauline Chadwick and Nina Bonds.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Albia (Martin) Williams; sons, Roger Williams (Shirley) of Clinton, and Boyd Williams (Latricia) of Greenbrier, Ark.; daughter, Karen Kirk (Jerry) of Nacogdoches, Texas; seven grandchildren, Keith (Jeannie) Williams, Carmen Story, Brian (Karrie) Kirk, Doug (Liana) Kirk, Brandi (Steven) Nixon, Benji (Brandon) Benson and Brandon Williams; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a sister, Lucille (Vern) Sitton; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers: Keith Williams, Brandon Williams, Brian Kirk, Doug Kirk, Steven Nixon, Brandon Benson, Rusty Story and Jake Kirk. Honorary Pallbearers: Chase Story, Kaleb Kirk, Hal Owens, Lindsey Harness, Dan Eoff and The Gideon Clinton Camp Members.
Visitation was 10 a.m. and funeral service was 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, with Pastor Gary Kirkendoll officiating. Burial was at Pee Dee Cemetery with U.S. Army Military Honors. Donations may be made to: The Gideon’s International Clinton Camp - P.O. Box 237 Clinton, AR. 72031. Arrangements by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.