February 9, 1907 ~ October 13, 2004
J. Alfred Williams, Sr. 97, of 5 Dogwood Road, Asheville, died Wednesday, October 13, 2004, at Mission/St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Williams was a native of Buncombe County and was a son of the late A.C. and Mary Fortune Williams. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Mae Rogers Williams who died in 1996, and by two brothers R. Bruce Williams and Guy K. Williams. He was a member of Biltmore United Methodist Church for 83 years and was a 52 year member of Biltmore Masonic Lodge #446 and a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. At the time of his death he was a vice-president of Roger F. Williams Co. (WILLCO).
Mr. Williams was a Cumbustion Engineer and early in his career he designed and supervised the building of the power house for American Enka. He converted the Biltmore House from the original coal stoker furnace to an oil burning system. He also designed and built pottery kilns and a revolutionary system for furniture manufacturers by which they could burn wood chips which would have as a by-product the production of steam for the furniture plants, utilizing gas, oil and coal as backup systems.
He is survived by two daughters, Nancy McCurry of Mills River and Mary Ann Ingle of Asheville; three sons, Joel A. Williams, Jr. and his wife Jeanne of Dalton, GA, Roger F. Williams and his wife Marlene of Asheville and Kenneth C. Williams of Hendersonville; eleven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters Elizabeth W. Bostic of Arden, Sara Marie Bryson of Asheville and Evelyn W. Powers of Jacksonville, FL; one brother Conrad F. Williams of Arden.
A funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Owen and the Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley officiating.
Interment with Masonic Rites conducted by the Biltmore Lodge will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Piney Mountain United Methodist Church Cemetery in Candler.
His family will receive friends Saturday evening at the funeral home following the service. At other times the family will be at the residence, 5 Dogwood Road and suggest that memorials be made to Biltmore Masonic Lodge #446 Building Fund, PO Box 5457, Asheville, NC 28813.
With Deepest Sympathy on your loss.
Mike Wilson and The ECP Group at
RMC Mid Atlantic/Metromont Materials
Our Deepest condolences. Sorry for your loss. Wished we could have been with you. Always remember that we love toy guys very much.
John And Amy
WE are sending our congratulations and blessings to Al Williams for completing his journey on this earth and entering into his final glory.
WE also send our condolences to his family and friends that he left behind.
The world is not quite the same now
We will all miss Al but blessings to him on his new journey. He will be well received and remembered by everyone who was fortunate enough to meet him.
Our hearts are both heavy and light. Heavy because we will miss a remarkable person, light because we know he is with Bruce and Guy in heaven.
WE WERE SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. IF WE CAN DO ANYTHING PLEASE CALL.
LOVE AND PRAYERS,STEVE,SHARON AND CHAD ROBERSON AND DANIEL & CRYSTAL BALL
WE WERE SORRY TO HEAR OF MR. WILLIAMS PASSING. WE WILL HAVE YOU ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
A geat man is gone but still with us. He will be greatly missed, especially in the mornings and ‘Al,s Net’. 73 OM.
My deepest sympathy to the family members.
Sorry to hear about K4UUQ, a silent key. He was a good friend, both on the air, and in person. His morning net was one of the few I checked into, until I had rig problems and couldn’t transmit. My sympathy goes out to his famil, and hope to attend his service tomorrow night.
Joel, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I send my condolences to you and your family and wish them God’s strength and comfort during this time.
I am so sorry for your loss Joel.
Thinking of you. We missed you Thursday morning.
We Are sorry for the loss of your Dad, we will keep you and your family in our prayers.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers daily.
We can take great Hope and rejoice in God’s Mercy and Grace that we will meet again someday in Heaven.
I was sorry to hear of your Dads passing. You and I know that he has been ‘PROMOTED’ to a HIGHER Calling, and you will be with him for eternity. We will remember you and your Bride at Cohutta First this Lord’s Day. I do know what the loss of a father is, we have those great memories to cherish untill we join in that ‘Gteat Renunion’.
May our Lord hold you and yours close during this time.
Love in Christ
Al was one of my favorite people at Dr. Bobbitts office. He made you feel loved and special when he came in to get his eyes checked. He was like part of our family. I loved getting emails from him-he amazed me with his talents. Ill miss you Al-what a loss to everyone but what a blessing to heaven you will be…
To Gene and the entire family, our prayers, thoughts and condolences are with you all. May God bless you with his peace and confort in your time of loss. John & Cindy Goheen
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Linda and Gene
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Steve, Mary, Amanda & Whitney Moss
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.’ 2 Cor. 5:1
Joel, your father is still enjoying life with a new body. I know you will miss his presence that’s why you and your family are in our prayers. We love you and admire your faithfulness to the Lord and your family. May God give you His comfort at this sad time. Doug & Betty Jensen
Our hearts weep with you for your loss. You know how special Uncle Al was to me. I treasure all my visits with him. I am so grateful that he is now with Papaw and all the rest of our loved ones. Love from our family Joan and Sandy
Thinking of everybody and he will surely be missed by all. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Claudia and Bruce
Joel, we join in your sorrow at the loss of your Dad, but know that he prepared well to be with his Father in heaven…we extend our sympathy to you and your family.
Our best to all of the family. We are sure he will be missed.
My prayers for God’s strength and comfort are with you in this time of loss.
We are saddened by the passing of Uncle Alfred but also know that he has been reunited with loved ones. His pain has been lifted away which is most important.
Our love and prayers to all.
Bob, Jennifer, Kelsey & Christopher
Please accept the condolences and prayers from our family to your family. Al touched many lives, including those in amateur radio. As we miss the presence of Al, we will always remember the positive contributions he made in our lives.
WE WILL MISS A LONG TIME FRIEND NC4N & N4DWM
I am sorry I didnt hear about the deathtill it was to late I thought a lot of (al k4uuq)Dean Martin
I will always remember Joel, Jr. sharing with us his daily shortwave conversations with his father. Joel, Sr. was always keeping up with technology AND his family! May God bless and comfort you in the loss of your Dad.
So sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man. I know he has left a lasting impression on every life he ever touched. Our prayers are with the family at this time.
We have been delighted with stories about Mr. Williams for years and know he will be missed. Please accept our condolences!
Mark and Leslie
Our prayers are with you in this time.
John and Kathleen
A beautiful radio friend.
Rest with God.
Dear Joel and Jean,
I was saddend to hear of the loss of your father. My condolences to you and your family. May God lift you to His arms and surround you with His love during this time of loss.
With love in Him for you,
I was real sorry to hear about Al. He was one of the ‘good ones’. You are in out thoughts and prayers.
Bruce & Karen
We have you in our prayers. It was a privilege to have meet Mr. Williams.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. May our God grant you the peace that exceeds all nderstanding during this time of need.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God bless you.
Know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that time will heal the pain of loss as the days go by.
Always your friend…