Emmett “Joe” Williams, 72, of Collinsville and formerly of Granite City, passed away at 8:21 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
He was born Oct. 8, 1943, in Granite City, a son of the late John Harold and Jeanette “Jean” (Courtway) Williams. He married Barbara Diane (Sedabres) Williams March 9, 1988, in St. Louis and she survives. Joe had worked at American Steel for 25 years and retired from Granite City Steel after 22 years of dedicated service as a millwright. He had served the Granite City community as a former Fire and Police Commissioner and a Precinct Committeeman. He was a former Cub Scout Master and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City. Joe enjoyed working bingo and cherished his grandchildren. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law and one daughter and son-in-law, John and Gay Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo., David and Debbie Williams of Granite City, Molly and Garrett Mullen of Uxbridge, Mass., and Edward and Amy Morton of Granite City; seven grandchildren, Joshua and Kathy Williams, Jeremiah Williams, Zechariah Williams, Benjamin Williams, Connor Mullen, MaKenna Mullen and Aiden Morton; one great-grandchild, Caleb Williams; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Bonnie Williams of Dayton, Nev.; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2016, with Father Chris Comerford officiating. Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to the Granite City Park District and may be accepted at the funeral home.