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Obituary for Charles Turner Williams

CHARLES TURNER WILLIAMS has been called by many names over the years: Top Cat, Willie, Mr. Will, Mr. Charlie, but most affectionately by Papa Charlie. Born December 30, 1924, to Ruby and Holt Williams of Nashville; he was the sixth of seven children. On January 25th, he slipped away in his sleep to rejoin his wife of 56 years, Anne Byrd Williams. They had been separated 21 years, but are together again at last.

Papa Charlie grew up in the small town of Oglesby, inside the city limits of Nashville. He served in WW2 as a Fire Chief of the Occupation Army at La Louviere, Belgium. He and Anne raised 3 daughters in Nashville as he worked at Edenfield Electric/ Nashville Armature Co. and later as a school bus driver for Nashville Metro Schools. At retirement he and Anne moved to Monteagle to enjoy the easy pace of mountain living. This is where they both found real happiness. At any given day, you could find him tinkering in his shop. He was a skilled craftsman in wood and metal. You can easily find dozens of his creations across the mountain as he was gracious to share his skills with others. He dedicated his life to helping people. He is remembered for his gentle spirit and loving nature. He especially loved his “girls”.

There will be a Celebration of the Life of Charles Turner Williams February 18th at the Church of Christ in Monteagle. Visitation will be at 2 PM with the Celebration beginning at 3 PM. His ashes will be buried beside Anne in Nolensville.

Papa Charlie is survived by his three daughters and their families:
Linda and Fred Gilliam, their 4 children and 8 grandchildren
Faye and Curly Sneed, their 3 children and 4 grandchildren
Sandy and Douglas Durrett, their 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

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Arrangements entrusted to Crest Lawn Funeral Home - Cremation Center