MONTICELLO – Delbert D. Williams, 87, of Monticello died at 9:59 p.m. Tuesday (March 25, 2014) at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Croninger Cemetery, Cisco, with Rev. James C. Leischner officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Craig-Reed American Legion Post in Cisco.
Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, is handling the arrangements.
Delbert was born April 23, 1926, in Willow Branch Township, near Milmine, the son of John Douglas and Goldie Angoline (Tucker) Williams.
He married Joan Mayhill on Nov. 1, 1952, with whom he had four children who survive him: Jennis Williams of Bement, Joe (Phyllis) of Urbana, Bertha (Rick) Davis of Paris, Ill., and Billy (Mechele) of Tolono.
On April 11, 1977, Delbert married Thelma Jane (Riley) Allen. She preceded him in death on May 31, 2000.
Delbert is also survived by a stepson, Wayne Allen of Herrin; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Carol) of St. Elmo, Ill.; and sisters, Joyce Singletary of Merryville, La., Iva Dean (Ed) Jones of Decatur, Roberta Forbes of St. Elmo and Sharon Meyers of Altamont.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ray; a sister, Charlotte Engle; a stepson, Bob Allen; and four brothers-in-law.
Delbert was retired after serving 20 years as the Willow Branch Township road commissioner.
He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 965 and worked at Monticello Quality Sand and Gravel from 1977 to 1991.
Delbert was a past commander and 50-year member of the Craig-Reed American Legion Post 1181, Cisco, a 3rd degree Mason with the Argenta Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Delbert served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart on April 7, 1945.
Delbert loved being with his family and he enjoyed fishing, travel, gardening and cooking.
Memorials may be made to the Maple Point Activity Department, the Cisco Craig-Reed American Legion Post 1181 and the Redeemer Lutheran Church in DeRidder, La.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.