James "Tom" E. Williams

Wednesday, April 21, 1943 - Friday, September 28, 2018

A Family Man

Photo of James "Tom" E. Williams  - 1943-2018

James “Tom” E. Williams, age 75, of Big Sandy Mush Community, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 28, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County, Tom was born April 21, 1943, to the late Namon Williams and the late Phoebe Surrett Williams. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Bob Williams, and Wade Williams; a half-brother, Billy Williams; a step-brother, Cecil Surrett; and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Williams.

Tom was a skilled crane operator for 30 years working with Blue Ridge Structure and also with Taylor Murphy building bridges until his retirement when he then focused on farming and gardening on his homestead. He enjoyed trout fishing in Spring Creek and hunting for ginseng on his 4-wheeler. Tom was known as a wonderful man who loved everybody, would help anybody, and would always put his family first. He was a proud member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. He will be deeply missed.

Surviving are his loving wife of 55 cherished years, Margaret “Geraldine” Surrett Williams; children, Danny Williams and his wife, Tracy, of Pelzer, SC, Angie Mace and her husband, Bobby, of Big Sandy Mush, Renée Reemes and her husband, Ralph, of North Turkey Creek, and Steven Williams of Big Sandy Mush; a brother, Waynie Williams and his wife, Betty Jean, of Spring Creek; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 pm at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Sandy Mush Community of Leicester with Pastor Bill Brown, Pastor Ralph Reemes, and Pastor Dwayne Brown officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Williams family.

Condolences from family and friends


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Our thoughts and prayers for the family we love you all so sorry we could not there with you all ... we love you all from the West Virginia Hawkins family ...
Stacy Hissom
Sorry for your lost and prayers for you family.
Pamela hoglen baker
My heart goes out for the family may God over them thru these devastating times may heart goes out to this family Rip Tom
Norma Holstine
So sorry for yoyr loss we have lost alot of our family over the years i am the grandaughter of leoda williams namons sister anything we can do please let us no prayers going up for your family
Jennifer Singleton
May God bless all of Tom's family and friends with his Love and Grace !!!
Keith Wells
So sorry for your loss, I will be praying for your family.
Allison Brown
So sorry for your loss! He was a great man, that will be missed...Our prayers our with all of you.
Elmer Turner, Scott Turner & Family
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time
Norma Worley Heitmann
Geraldine and family.......I am truly sorry for your loss. Sending my prayers for God to wrap his arms around you and the family in this difficult time. Love you all, Wanda and family
Wanda Surrett