Valdosta Daily Times

July 14, 2013

John L. Williams


The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Mr. John L. Williams, 78, of Adel, Georgia passed away July 13, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta following a sudden illness.  He was born October 23, 1934 in Lowndes County to the late Asa Grady Williams and Pearlie Ruth Register Williams.  Mr. Williams lived most of his life in Cook County where he was a member of the Adel United Methodist Church, The Roundtable, Masons and Shrine.  A visionary and an astute businessman, John L. founded his company business on I-75 in 1963 in Cecil, Georgia.  In 1973, he moved his business headquarters, Williams Investment Company, to Adel where he opened the King Frog.  Over the years, the family operated business also expanded into Lowndes and Tift Counties, and is the second oldest Tourism business established on I-75 in the nation today.

John L. was a great father, grandfather, and friend.  He loved traveling and socializing with his family and friends, his coffee club and supper club, and was a great conversationalist.  His businesses were also his hobbies, as he thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the development of them.  He enjoyed working and visiting many of them daily.  He considered his employees his family as well, and will be sorely missed by us all.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Joyce McCrary Williams; and his sister, Vesta W. Thurmond.  Mr. Williams is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Debi and Paul “Mac” McNeal; his sons and daughters-in-law: Rick and Emily Williams, Mike and Deane Williams all of Valdosta, Georgia; Steve and Lynn Williams of Adel; his grandchildren: Andrew McNeal, Josh McNeal, John Williams, Matthew Williams all of Valdosta, Jamie Williams of Atlanta, Georgia; Thomas Williams and Kaysie Williams of Valdosta and Candace Williams of Adel; one Great Grandson, Cooper Michael Williams of Valdosta; and a special niece Dianne Mathis Stith of Hahira, Georgia.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Adel United Methodist Church with Rev. Jon Stephens, Dr. V.L. Daughtrey and Rev. Craig Hutto officiating.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery Annex.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Monday, July 15, 2013 at Boone Funeral Home, 1804 S. Hutchinson Ave; Adel, Georgia.

Flowers will be accepted or Memorials may be made to the Adel United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice.  Condolences may be expressed online at www.boonefunerals.com. — Boone Funeral Home