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Rev. Zeb Williams Jr. 

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-10-59-51-amThe Rev. Zeb Carson Williams Jr. of Lexington died peacefully at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Clinic on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at the age of 85.

Reverend Williams is survived by his daughters Allison Williams of Lexington, and Dr. Elisa Williams and companion Mark Volmer of Cayce, S.C.; son Col. Zeb C. Williams III (U.S. Army, Ret.) and wife Dianna of Columbia, S.C.; brother Dean Williams and wife Lori of Boone, N.C.; grandchildren Dr. Allison Williams of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Zeb Carson Williams IV of Cullowhee, N.C., Jeffrey M. Williams of Charleston, S.C., Julia L. Williams of Columbia, S.C., Alex Parham and Cameron Parham of Knoxville, Tenn.; dearest friend and caregiver Lisa Lewis of Vesuvius; and companion Roberta Smith of Lexington.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Zeb C. Williams Sr. and Euna Dean Allison Williams; wife, Sylvia Bates Williams; and wife Martha Bookout Williams.

Reverend Williams was born on April 21, 1931, in Asheville, N.C., and he was a proud alumnus of both Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

During his 55-year career as an ordained minister, Reverend Williams served numerous Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) churches in six states, including both Lauderdale A.R. Presbyterian Church and Ebenezer A.R. Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Reverend Williams also served as the editor of ARP Magazine in Greenville, S.C., from 1975 to 1980.

Zeb was a devoted father, brother, grandfather and friend, as well an accomplished writer, photographer, and musician who deeply loved the Lexington area and serving the people there.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Ebenezer A.R. Presbyterian Church, 788 Ebenezer Circle, Lexington, VA 24450 conducted by the Reverends Ben Dowling, Robert Gordon and Bill Harris. . Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at the church from 2 to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebenezer A.R. Presbyterian Church.

The family especially would like to thank the medical and nursing staff at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Clinic for their tireless and loving care.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory