Donald Young Williams

donald williams

May 28, 1922 ~ June 12, 2012

Born in: Lawrenceville, GA
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Donald Young Williams, age 90, of Lawrenceville passed away on June 12, 2012. He was born on May 28, 1922 to Frank Young Williams and Maude Hamrick Williams of Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was born and raised in Gwinnett County, he managed the Farmers Mutual Exchange, an agricultural supply cooperative, in both Lawrenceville and Gainesville. He retired from the parent company, Gold Kist Corporation. A life-long Presbyterian, he was the oldest living member of Fairview Presbyterian Church, Lawrenceville, GA. In his faithful service, he had been a deacon and Elder at both Fairview Presbyterian and at First Presbyterian of Gainesville, GA. He delighted in his role for many years as the caretaker of the rose garden at Fairview, as had been his mother and sister before him. He was a veteran of World War II and would still recant stories of the various airplanes he flew on and the many adventures of his days in service. He was truly proud to be an American. His happiest days were spent on his John Deere tractor, where he said he could always look back and see what he had accomplished and feel at peace. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Long Williams; wife, Carolyn Deaton Williams; his parents; two sisters and three brothers. His survivors include his daughter, Hope Williams of Alpharetta, GA; son, Phil Williams and his wife, Sallie of Chelsea, AL; grandson, Austin Williams and his wife, Callie of Titusville, FL; great grandchildren, Baleigh and Riley Williams of Titusville, FL; step-daughter, Dianne Waldrip and her husband, Jimmy of Lawrenceville; sister in law, June Egan Williams of Chicago, IL; and a number of loving nieces. He was the most proud of his family – and many times, his parting words were, "I'm proud of you." Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11 o'clock at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Chip Blankinship officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to Anna Craig Cemetery Fund, c/o Fairview Presbyterian Church, 857 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2 o'clock until 4 o'clock and from 6 o'clock until 8 o'clock at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. We are so sad to hear of D.Y.’s death. I have so many memories of our families together at Fairview services and events over the years. Please know we are thinking of the family and praying for you all as you celebrate his life and the knowledge that he is with our Father in Heaven.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of your loss of D.Y, he is pretty much the last one of that generation. There will always be a vacant spot in your heart that nothing else can fill it. The good part is that someday we will be able to be with them again. Thanks to our Heavenly Father that made it possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. It has only been three months since we lost Wade and the loss is so hard to take, but one day at a time.

  3. Phil and Hope, so sorry for the loss of your Dad, Donald was always one of my favorite cousins. We are in WY, or we would have come to Funeral Home. Prayers for your family. Juanita and Martin Wellborn

  4. D.Y. hired me in the mid 70’s to work in the Feed Division of Gold Kist. I worked for him for many years and had allots of respect for him…

  5. My heart and prays, go out to you all during the loss of your love one. He resting in peace and in no more pain. I have know him for many years, and also my family that owned the Cooper Feed & Seed Store, he was a very nice person to know and he will be missed by so many.
    God Bless You All

  6. Phil & Sallie, our prayers are with you and your
    family as you say goodbye to your dad. We enjoyed reading of his past interests, and what an inspiration he was to those around him. Our prayers for your peace as your dad is at peace. Love, Your Cousins Mickey & Rita

  7. Phil and Hope – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. Donald was a blessing to all that knew and loved him. Many was the time that he would put his arm around me and “How you doin’ today cuz?” May he rest in peace.

  8. Love & Prayers to Hope,Phil,Sallie,and family at this time. We were so fortunate to be guests at his 90th birthday party, just a few weeks ago. I hope he’s eating homemade peach icecream with the rest of his brothers, sisters & parents that are greeting him.
    June, Tracy, Donna & family

  9. I am sorry to hear about Donald. He was a fine man, and a special cousin to my father, Larry J. Williams.

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