Honorable Bruce Owen Williams
- June 19, 1934 - April 25, 2011
- Rock View, West Virginia
of Bruce's Passing
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“Shirley, Pat Haymaker Trent sent me an email about the death of your husband. I am so sorry. I still have many memories of you, and am so glad you...Read More »
1 of 48 | Posted by: Karen Smith Wertz - Newport News, VA
“We are very lucky to have known bruce and the rest of the Williams family. We were childhood friends of Kerri Dee and have been friends of the family...Read More »
2 of 48 | Posted by: Billy and Angela Thomas - WV
“Shirley, Gary and Bo,
I am very sorry for your loss. Bruce was a great person. Whether it was little league or seeing him at Twin Falls, I always...Read More »
3 of 48 | Posted by: Derek Scott - Columbia, SC
“I remember hearing my parents speak of what a acomplished man he was.Sorry for your familys loss
4 of 48 | Posted by: Lynn Wyatt Rhinesmith - NY
“Shirley and Family, I only found out about Bruce today. Sorry we could not be with you as Gary does not know either. Our love and prayers.
5 of 48 | Posted by: Carol Sizemore - Friend
“MR. WILLIAMS WAS PRINCIPAL AT GLEN ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL WHEN I WAS THERE
AS A STUDENT. HE WAS A WONDREFUL MAN. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MY...Read More »
6 of 48 | Posted by: SERENA STILES FRAZIER - RIDGEWAY, VA
“I will never forget the times in Amelia Island with Bruce, Gary and Bo. Bruce was just one of the boys and we all loved him. We will truly miss you...Read More »
7 of 48 | Posted by: Eric Cannon - JACKSONVILLE, FL
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you.
8 of 48 | Posted by: Todd and Crystal (Snow )Harman - SC
“I wanted to write and tell you how sorry I am for your loss. There are never the right words to express how deeply sad I am for your loss. Bruce will...Read More »
9 of 48 | Posted by: Bobby Voelker - Fernandina, FL
“I will remember Bruce for his wife and family and the radiating smile that always was with him. His absence on the golf course will be surely noticed...Read More »
10 of 48 | Posted by: Bob Stam - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
“Bruce was a beloved friend of the West Virginia Golf Association and will be greatly missed. He was a truly great person and will forever be in our...Read More »
11 of 48 | Posted by: Ken Tackett - Charleston, WV
“Shirley, Joyce(Workman) and I would like to pass our condolences to you and your family on the passing away of Bruce. Our prayers are with you and we...Read More »
12 of 48 | Posted by: Gene Snodgrass - Kingman, AZ
“During Bruce's first year at PHS, he was my sociology teacher. I really enjoyed his style of teaching. It was also fun to think of Bruce and Shirley...Read More »
13 of 48 | Posted by: Catherine Cook Sepko - Greer, SC
“We want to extend our symphathys to the family in the loss of our dear friend Bruce. We grew up together in South Charleston and knew all the...Read More »
14 of 48 | Posted by: Gary Chittum - Rome, GA
“Bruce was a wonderful and honest person. He always told it like it was. I am very happy my daughter married Bo otherwise I would have never met two...Read More »
15 of 48 | Posted by: Michael & Michele Kling - FL
“Bruce was a good and honest friend. I never heard him say an angry or unkind
word to anyone--even on the golf course.
16 of 48 | Posted by: sam bird - beckley, WV
“Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I knew Mr. Williams more than 40 years ago. ...Read More »
17 of 48 | Posted by: Kathy Mitchell Upton - Ballard, WV
“Dear Shirley and Bo and Gary. We are very sorry to hear about Bruce's passing. I know you will miss him deeply, Bruce was a very loving and caring...Read More »
18 of 48 | Posted by: Perry & Patti Cook - Oceana, WV
“Bruce and I graduated from SC and have been friends for many years. I thought very highly of Bruce. My condolences to you and your family.
19 of 48 | Posted by: Bob Lowe - Charleston, WV
“Sorry to hear about Bruce.Thanks for being there for us in our time of need.
20 of 48 | Posted by: Eugene and Brenda Jackson - WV
“Sorry to hear about Bruce.Thanks for being there for Brenda,Sherri and me when Aaron was killed.
21 of 48 | Posted by: Eugene and Brenda Jackson - WV
“Bruce will be sadly missed by all of his friends and family! What a very special, loving, and wonderful man. I feel truly blessed to have know him....Read More »
22 of 48 | Posted by: Melissa Wickline - Lewisburg, WV
“sure had some good times at concord didnt we..you were just here recently and we talked about a lot of things..sure will miss you bruce..
23 of 48 | Posted by: butch buckley - south charleston, WV
“Bruce will be greatly missed.To the family, Coral and I are thinking of you with sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in...Read More »
24 of 48 | Posted by: Bobby Jack Malloory - OH
“May Gods peace that passes all understanding be with each of you during this very difficult time. My heart is broken for you as I lift you up in...Read More »
25 of 48 | Posted by: Amy Reed - Covington, VA
“Offering my Heartfelt Condolences to Mrs. Willaims and all the Family, during such a difficult time. I also offer my Thoughts & Prayers to all of you.
26 of 48 | Posted by: Gerald (Jerry) Fitch - Dracut, MA
“Sending many prayers and our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Pam McCoy Duncan and Family
Jerry and Christine McCoy
Jerry McCoy Jr and Family
27 of 48 | Posted by: Pam McCoy Duncan - St. Albans, WV
“I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Mr. Williams passing. My sister, Kelly and I graduated from Pineville High School with Gary. Our thoughts...Read More »
28 of 48 | Posted by: Shannon Nichols - Winston-Salem, NC
“My heart goes out to the entire Williams family. Bruce was a wonderful person and was very special to me. My children always enjoyed being around...Read More »
29 of 48 | Posted by: Angela Mullins - Charleston, WV
“so sorry for your loss
30 of 48 | Posted by: bill & norma legg - lewisburg, WV
“thinking of you
31 of 48 | Posted by: terry & dudley bare - ronceverte, WV
“dear shirley,its christy phillips i took care of'nanny" i seen this in the paper just wanted to say im sorry to hear about your loss you&bruce were a...Read More »
32 of 48 | Posted by: christy phillips - charleston, WV
“So sorry to hear of your sad loss. Bruce was always "big brother" of Mary Helen and Martha when we were all neighbors in Spring Hill. I know he...Read More »
33 of 48 | Posted by: Judy Payne Carrington - KY
“I am so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I met him and Shirley when I worked at the Rock View Post Office. You could not have meet two better people...Read More »
34 of 48 | Posted by: Claudia Redden - Rock View , WV
“It is not every day that you meet a family such as the Williams family. One of high character and integrity in all they do. Mr. williams was...Read More »
35 of 48 | Posted by: Millie Cantrell - Pineville, WV
“My granddaugheter married Shirley and Bruce's son Bo a few years ago and thats when I had the pleasure of meeting the both of them. It felt as tho I...Read More »
36 of 48 | Posted by: Jean Haines - Fernandina Beach, FL
“My granddaugheter married Shirley and Bruce's son Bo a few years ago and thats when I had the pleasure of meeting them. I felt as tho I had know them...Read More »
37 of 48 | Posted by: Jean Haines - Fernandina Beach, FL
“Sorry to hear of Bruce"s death always remember the dogs in Fl. He will be greatly missed.Love to you
38 of 48 | Posted by: Shirley &Oley Grose - Ferrum, VA
“Shirley and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a great Principal when I was at PHS. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
39 of 48 | Posted by: Todd Scott - Raleigh, NC
“Our love and prayers go out to Shirley and the rest of Bruce's family.
He was a inspiration to those who knew him and was appreciated for all of...Read More »
40 of 48 | Posted by: Don and Sue Adams - Charleston,, WV
“Bruce will always be remembered with fond memories. Always reminding us not to call him "Bruce" but Mr. Williams as our principle in high school....Read More »
41 of 48 | Posted by: Melissa (Friend) Witt - Vinton, VA
“Shirley and family: So very sorry to hear this sad news. Bruce was always such a kind gentleman and a great asset to his country and community. ...Read More »
42 of 48 | Posted by: Mary Ann and Tom Triplett - NC
“I was very sorry to read about Mr. Williams passing away. He was my high school principal at Glen Rogers. I thought the world of him.
43 of 48 | Posted by: Sheila Hagamon Martin - WV
I'm so sorry to hear of Bruce's death. I'm glad Ken and I got to meet him at our last P.H.S. Reunion. My heart goes out to you and...Read More »
44 of 48 | Posted by: Wanda Franklin Wilson - Baltimore, MD
“Bruce was always a nice person. His family was the love of his life. Burl has many fond memories of playing golf with Bruce and he always enjoyed...Read More »
45 of 48 | Posted by: Anna Mae & Burl Rose - Rockingham, NC
“Bruce was such a loving and kind person. His rapport with the students at Pineville High was remarkable. He was a good friend and will be missed...Read More »
46 of 48 | Posted by: Carolyn Woolsey - Fort Mill, SC
“My husband, Jeremy and I had the pleasure of sharing many wonderful family get togethers with Mr. Williams. His beautiful smile will never be...Read More »
47 of 48 | Posted by: Lori Bennett - Fernandina Beach, FL
“The staff of Calfee Funeral Service wish to express our deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time.
48 of 48 | Posted by: Calfee Funeral Service Staff - WV
Honorable Bruce Owen Williams, 76, of Rock View, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 25, 2011 while visiting his son and family in Yulee, Florida.
He was born in Spring Hill on June 19, 1934, to the late Frank and Ida Hinton Williams.
He was preceded in death by his precious daughter, Kerrie Dee Williams, mother and father, and maternal and paternal grandparents. Also, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Bouie and Zola Mullens Church, both of their parents and a brother-in-law, Gary Lee Church.
Bruce was a member of the Rockcastle Baptist Church and took an active part in country and community. He graduated from South Charleston High School at the age of 16, where he was an outstanding athlete. He was named captain of the first West Virginia North-South All-Star Baseball game. He then served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. After his service for his country, he attended and graduated from Concord College, where he played basketball. Upon graduation in 1959, he later earned his Master’s degree from Marshall University.
Bruce is married to the former Shirley Church and they are the parents, of two sons, Gary Bruce of Lewisburg and Bouie Owen and his wife, Jessica, of Yulee, Fla., and three grandchildren, Jackson Ellery of Lewisburg and Zoey Marie and Riley Owen, both of Yulee. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Helen Little of Delaware and Martha Jean Frizzell of South Charleston; brother and sister-in-law, Tennis and Melody Cook of Rock View; nieces, Kelli Jones, Lori Wiener and Stacey Lusk; nephews, Tim Alexander, Chuck Cobb and Josh Cook; and many other great nieces and nephews.
Bruce spent most of his life in education, having served as principal of Glen Rogers High School and Pineville High School. He ended his education career as Title Chapter I Director at the central office in Wyoming County.
During the eighties Bruce served in the WV Legislature, first as a member of the House of Delegates and then the next four years as a State Senator. During his tenure in the Legislature, he served on the Judiciary Committee, the Government Organization Committee, Health and Welfare Committee, Industry and Labor, and the Committee in Banking and Insurance. He also served as the first Juvenile Probation Officer in Wyoming County.
Bruce worked at Grace Hospital as assistant business manager. He also worked as a bookkeeper for Bouie Church Lumber Company. In his earlier years in Pineville, he served as president of the Wyoming County Young Democrats. He also helped to establish the Little League program while serving in the Pineville Rotary Club and was a member of the Order of Moose Lodge and the American Legion. He recently received his 50-year pin and certificate for his membership and dedication to the Masons.
Bruce had a passion for playing golf. He played many rounds with “The Beckley Bunch” at Twin Falls, and also with his sons. Two of his proudest moments were attending the 2000 Master’s with his son Bo and playing Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2006 with his son Gary. Bruce also enjoyed fishing on the New River.
His biggest joy in life, however, was his wife of nearly 50 years, his children and his grandchildren. He was so proud of his family and enjoyed every second with all of them. Anyone who knew him understood his love and affection for his family.
Bruce and Shirley were anticipating their up-coming 50th Anniversary on August 5. They were so excited to be able to share this with their many relatives and friends. Their children have been planning the reception for two years.