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Terry E. Williams

Terry Eugene Williams, 68, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:52 a.m. at his home with his wife by his side. Terry had been diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer on February 19, 2021. Terry, AKA “Uncle Tune,” was born June 17, 1952 in Gordon, NE, the third of five children belonging to Donald Eugene and Maebreecia Lorraine “Beebe” (Knowles) Williams. Terry attended Washington School and Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia.

In his early years of employment, he worked at Imperial Gas Station, Turley Brothers, and Duke, all of Sedalia. On June 16, 1973 Terry married Carol Elaine Cooke in Sedalia to this union, one son was born, Eugene Glenn Williams in 1976. Terry and Carol moved to Borger, TX in 1973 and he was employed by B&C Well Service. At that time in life he thought he was “living in high cotton” making $500.00 a week. In 1976 Terry was employed by Argonaut Energy in Amarillo, TX as a company pumper. He owned his own contract pumping business, C&T Consulting, contract pumping wells from 1987 to 2012. He would oversee wells in Texas, the Western Oklahoma Panhandle, and Kansas. With more than 40 years of oil field experience, Terry had been employed with twenty-one large gas and oil companies including but not limited to Mesa Petroleum, Whiting Oil and Gas, Sampson Resources, EOG Resources, Merchantson Exploration, Marlin Oil, and Conoco-Phillips. Terry retired in 2017.

On September 29, 2012, Terry married Tammy Lea (Lamb) Gillette in Lamar, MO. Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Mindy Williams, Hutchinson, KS; step-children, Katie Nikodim (Matthew) El Dorado Springs, MO, Johnathan Brasher (Amanda), Louisburg, MO, Gregory Brasher, Stockton, MO. Papa Terry has five grandbabies that he absolutely adored! Morgan and Jakob Nikodim, Jadyn, Eli and Charlene Brasher. Sister, Teresa Wiser, Warsaw, MO; brother, Ronnie Williams (Willy), Smithton, MO; half-brother, Gene Williams, Sedalia; brother-in-law, Rick Lamb (Sharon), Webster, NY; father-in-law, William Lamb, Nevada, MO; as well as a large extended family.

Terry accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior on March 30, 2021 and was baptized on April 4, 2021 in Warsaw.

In the early days, 1968-1970, Terry loved motor cross racing with his Bultaco motorcycle in Marshall, California, Warrensburg and Mexico, MO. Flat track racing his 100cc Kawasaki. He enjoyed watching NASCAR to present day. “Honkey Tonkin’” and scuba diving with Carol and friends. He loved the music of Johnny Rivers and The Righteous Brothers. Toyota trucks, of which he has owned 13 through the years. He loved to fish! An occasional round of golf. Since retirement, you could find Terry in the recliner watching every single episode of Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Virginian and Andy Griffith while eating a hot dog or two. He always had to have a cold piece of watermelon or a jalapeno pepper to go with it. You could also find Terry sitting on the back deck of his home watching the deer, turkey, quail, and the occasional bobcat meander through the yard. He loved his hummingbirds! He loved his fur babies, Maggie Mae and Toby Scott. He would spend his days taking the dogs through the drive thru for a pup cup of ice cream or chicken nuggets and then wonder why they were so spoiled! He had a heart of gold and was a loving, giving man.

Terry was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, on December 13, 2008, and his son, Gene, on October 29, 2020; both parents, Don in 1988, and Beebe in 2010; maternal grandparents, Luther and Della Knowles; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Ruth “Mae” Williams; his eldest sister, Sandy Heurman, in 1974; brother-in-law, Jack Heurman, in 2015; elder sister, Donna Maacks, February 16, 2021; brother-in-law, Donnie Wiser, in 2004; and step-mother, Phyllis Williams in 2003.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2021 at Heckart Funeral Home with Reverend Van Mellen, Sr. officiating. Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Highland Sacred Gardens.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, or the Williams family fund.
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