George David Williams

george williams

October 2, 1941 ~ October 2, 2018

Resided in: Candler, North Carolina

George David Williams, 77, of Candler, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. A Buncombe Co. native, George was a son of the late Furman and Gladys Smith Williams. He was also preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Mr. Williams proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He retired from Cranston Print Works Co., in Fletcher, as a supervisor. George will be remembered as a beloved husband and a loving father and grandfather. His family was his pride and joy. He was especially involved in the lives of his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. He also loved the pets of the entire family, helping to take care of them whenever he was needed. George was always willing to help others. He loved many sports: wrestling, Nascar and basketball, and cooking for family and friends was one of his favorite hobbies. He is survived by his wife of 47 and a half years, Debbie Slattery Williams; daughters, Nikki Cain (Joey) and Tracy Lintz; son, Brandon Williams (Alisha); grandchildren, Seth and Haley Lovingood and Ashley and Josh Williams; sister, Imogene Helms; brothers, Furman Williams, Jr., Clarence Williams, and Jimmy Williams; and best friend of 57 years, Paul McCary. A Celebration of George's Life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Pastor Jonathan Michaels will officiate. Inurnment with military honors provided by the North Carolina National Guard Honor Guard will follow at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. His family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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  1. Will be praying for you and your family. We have lost a very dear friend. Please everyone tell each other that you love them every day, cherish ever breath you take you never know when it will be the last one . Be humble and kind

  2. Sorry to read of Mr. William’s passing. Thankful that God made a way for us to see our loved ones again after leaving this earth.

  3. Furman, You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry for your loss of your brother. May God Bless this family. Roger & Donnie Grindstaff (Skyland Baptist Church)

  4. my sincere condolences to his family and friends . David was a very good man . he leaves behind a wonderful legacy of children and grandchildren . my heart out to his devoted wife, and my dear friend Debbie , i know he will be sorely missed …gone but never forgotten, cherish the memories you all share ! rest in peace David … until we see you again .. I’m in Florida or I’d be at his celebration of life …you all are in my thoughts and prayers . Billy , sends his condolence as well .

  5. Dear Debbie, We feel your loss of David and send our condolences. I still remember first meeting David in 1986 when I visited North Carolina and traveled over to Eastern Carolina from Research Triangle Park to visit you. David provided a delicous gift of very tasty marinated peppers, and I remember them vividly. A man of many talents, including gardening, and with a wonderful and loving wife and family. You and I have been friends now for 54 years and 5 months since the summer of 1964 when I rented your mom and dad’s (Leroy and Maryanne’s) Rondesic cabin on the Daniel Ridge Road while working in research department at American Enka Corporation. We’ll be hoping you can visit us here in Northern California, as Maryanne did several times over the years. A card follows. I am sorry we missed seeing you in Asheville when we attended our niece’s wedding there in late March, but it just too busy. Take care of yourself.

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