Flippin’s Joe Williams – Mountaineer Echo


Joe Williams of Flippin, Arkansas died on January 3, 2022 in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 78. He was born on May 30, 1943 in Quitman, Arkansas to Troy Williams and Ruby Pettit Williams.

Joe was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in Mackenzie’s Raders, B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th U.S. Calvary, 25th Infantry Division as a tunnel rat from 1966 to 1967. He won the National Defense Service Medal, the Purple Heart with the 2nd Oak Leaf Group, the Vietnam Service Medal with the Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with the Bronze Star with the Device ” V». Joe was also part of the Flippin Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the fire department in May 1975 and was still on the active roster at the time of his death. He loved the fire department, enjoyed working with and training other firefighters, and helped keep the Flippin community safe for over 43 years.

Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his Harley, riding side-by-side in Cloud 9, and spending time with friends and family.

Joe is survived by his wife, Monica Williams of Flippin, AR; children: Roger (Shelly) Williams of Yellville, AR; Lisa (Jimmy) Chapman of Independence, MO; Randall Williams of Flippin, AR; Robert (Derrika) Grayham of Harrison, AR; Chad (Amanda) Grayham of Russellville, AR; Keela Walter of Boone, RN; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters: Elva Lou (Art) Helms, Alma Lea (George) Wells and Judy Briggs; brother, Mike (Brenda) Williams; sister-in-law, Debbie Williams; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Troy and Ruby Williams, his sister, Sue Hunter, his brother, Jim Williams, and his nephew, Chris “Critter” Williams.

A memorial service with military honors was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Chapel of Roller-Burns Funeral Home with Hershel Conley officiating.


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