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Vernon Edmond "Buddy" Williams, WHS Class of 1955. He was a 1962 ISU graduate, U.S. Navy veteran, son of John Vernon Williams and Martha Evalyn Ward Williams, preceded in death by sister Erma Williams-Myers of Storm Lake, Iowa. Survived by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His first wife, Brenda Chandler Lantz, mother of daughter Julie Williams Jones of Washington and son John Donald Williams of Orlando, Florida. His wife, Judith Lorena Williams, preceded him in death and their son, Tony Williams, still resides at their home in Indianapolis. Extended family Rick Van Atta, and Susan and Dan Gorman of Indianapolis. Grandchildren Shawn and Tamara Padgett, Fortville, Indiana, Melissa and Darnell Green, Evansville, Spencer Williams, Orlando Florida, Lorena Gorman, Indianapolis. Great-grandchildren Freddie Padgett, Indianapolis, Lamont, Aiden and Isaiah Green, all of Evansville.
We lost Bud on Nov. 21 after a 10-day illness. We were blessed that he had been doing what he loved the best, playing basketball at the YMCA, the day that he got sick.
We have delayed his celebration of life so that we can honor what would have been his 80th birthday. We will be having it at the home of Julie Jones in the Glendale area, where his mom's Ward family resided and she taught, as an additional tribute. The celebration will be on July 29 and will be casual, just the way he would have liked it. The hours are between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is a Sunday after church and we hope to add your stories to ours to really create a great day to remember our Buddy.
Please contact Julie on Facebook for directions, but we are right across from Aikman Creek Church Cemetery.
Published on March 20, 2017
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