Friday, December 13, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Daddy

Wayburn Williams

8/9/1930 - 11/24/2019
PEKIN ~ Wayburn Troy Williams, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 2:32 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his home.
Born August 9, 1930 in Cuba, Kentucky to Ballard and Lela (Canter)  Williams, he married Emma Sue Clapp on October 9, 1948 in Corinth, Mississippi.  She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Carol (Robert) Samsel of Wright City, Missouri and Deloris (Dave) Martin of Delavan; ten grandchildren, Rick (Amy) Guile, Todd (Julie) Stauthammer, Shannon Green, Michael (Jessica) Calhoun, April (Marc) Vonderheide, Aaron (Amber Martin, Jason (Stephanie) Calhoun, Erica (Trent) Strunk, Anthony Samsel and Jessica Samsel; twenty-three great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents; four brothers and two sisters.
He had been one of the founding members of Bethel Baptist Church in Pekin.
Wayburn had worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 31 years, retiring in 1979 as an assembly line trouble shooter.
Wayburn enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting, especially deer.  He also loved working with wood and was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed working with his hands.  He was always there to help someone that needed it, whether it be with a car, house or any other projects.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Steven M. Rowell, Sr. will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.  Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to Bethel Baptist Church, 2720 Broadway Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

It's been a tough year for our family. Watching Dad go downhill as the Dementia stole more and more of him.  Leaving him not only confused but physically weaker as well. We all knew the end was coming soon.  He finally caught one of the nasty colds that haven been going  around and it only took 4 days to take him away from us.
My heart has never hurt this bad.
I wanted to say more of the great and positive things about my Dad  but my heart is too raw yet...maybe soon'


  1. My heart goes out to you in this time. I trust you will find some comfort in the love and support of family and friends. My deepest sympathy.

  2. So sorry for your loss, always so difficult. May you have comfort with the memories. Hugs Kathy

  3. Words can't begin to express the feelings I have for your loss, Carol. At least he is no longer suffering and in pain. Little comfort, I know. I hope the pain of his loss will diminish with time.

  4. Hi Carol, so sorry to hear your sad news. He was lucky that he had you to care for him in his last years. My thoughts are with you. Hugs, Valerie

  5. So sorry to hear that, Carol.
    *love and hugs*

  6. Praying that healing comes in time...
    We are never ready to say goodbye to our parents. God Bless.

  7. So sorry for your loss Carol. I hope his spirit gives you strength to get through this hard time. Hugs-Erika

  8. My heartfelt condolences, I am truly sorry for your loss! Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort. Big hugs, Jo x

  9. I am so sorry, Carol. Hope your memories and the love you had for him help comfort you through this time of grief. Hugs, Pix

  10. These things can be so sad and painful. I am sorry for your loss. Mourning has a way of it's own, often with no rhyme or reason. Wishing you peace.

  11. Carol, I am so very sorry for your loss.