Lynn R. “Prof” Williams, 86, of Elizabethton, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2012 in the Hermitage Health Center. He was born in Carter County and was the son of the late Albert R. and Dora Belle Bowers Williams, both from early Watauga Valley Families. In addition to his father who died in 1952 and his mother who died in 1984, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Lewis Williams, and his wife of forty-four years, Billie Jo Lewis Williams, in January 2002; a son, James Albert Williams in 1957; two infant sisters who died in the 1920’s, Roxy Cleo Williams and Mildred June Williams and an infant brother, Lloyd Quenton Williams.
Mr. Williams was a 1943 graduate of the original Unaka High School and was a veteran of WWII, serving from 1943 until 1946 with the United States Army. He was with the Army Specialized Training Program at New York University and was part of the Browning Automatic Rifle Team with the 104th Timberwolf Infantry Division during the Battle for Northern Europe, and at Aachen, Germany. He was hospitalized at Southampton and was an electrician and telephone man at the hospital rehabilitation complex at Birmingham, England. Later he was assigned to the 8th Air Force at Ipswich.
He was a transmitter engineer and chief engineer and announcer and control board operator for WBEJ from 1948 until his employment was terminated by the new owners in 1983. In addition he worked as operator and engineer at WETB in Johnson City from 1949 to 1978, and was transmitter operator for WJHL-TV, channel 11 atop Buffalo and Holston Mountains. From 1969 to 1973 he did work for WBLU, Salem VA and assisted in the construction of radio stations in Greeneville, TN, Claremont and Charlotte, NC. He also worked in radio and television repair.
Mr. Williams had worked as a carpenter and electrician, did some writing, and was a professional musician, having performed with Ed and Volena Galyon on radio WJHL in the 1940’s. He also performed with other are musical groups and on the original Barrel of Fun Show on WJHL radio. He was the recording engineer for the Country Tunetwisters Band.
Mr. Williams recorded and distributed the International Sunday School Lesson tapes of Mr. Fred W. Smith, minister of First Christian Church and Rev. William Carter of First United Methodist Church, Elizabethton, and engineered the radio broadcasts of First Baptist Church and First Christian Church. Over the years he had attended Watauga Valley Free Will Baptist, First Christian, as well as East River Park Christian Churches in Elizabethton.
He is survived by two sons, Larry Lynn Williams and Condon Eugene Williams both of Elizabethton; two grandsons, Albert Clinton Williams, Isaac Lloyd Williams; a special daughter-in-law, Dian Williams, all of Elizabethton. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Williams will be conducted on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel of Peace, Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Rev. Louie O’Bourke officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 5:00 - 7:00 PM on Wednesday prior to the service.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted on Thursday, January 5, at 2:00 PM in the Wilson Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 PM to go in procession to the cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be selected Clint Williams, Isaac Williams, Rick Williams, Eddie Williams, Clint Williams, Isaac Williams, Wayne Dean and Barton Edens. Honorary pallbearers will be neighbors, and the friends with whom he worked in radio and television, at the Elizabethton Star, the Johnson City Press, with special mention of Condon Bowers, A.M.. “Bud” Kelsey, Ray and Merrill Moore and the late E.B. “Jeep” Jones, Eugene Douglas, Riley May, Glen Scott and Bill Hale. Special mention also goes to Robert W. Rounsaville and the families of the late Carl A. Jones of Johnson City and Raymond C. Turrentine and Mack Morriss of Elizabethton. A very special thank you also goes to Dr. Joseph C. May.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Elizabethton/Carter County Emergency Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 682, Elizabethton, Tennessee, 37643.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.