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McLEMORESVILLE — Mrs. Lois “Irene” Williams, 72, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend died Tuesday November 28, 2017 at 12:10 a.m.

Mrs. Williams was born on June 17, 1945 at her home in Atwood, Tenn. She is the daughter of the late Wiliam Lloyd Gurley and Offie Jane Gurley. She was preceded in death by three brothers; Ray Gurley, Gene Gurley, and Robert Gurley.

Irene graduated from Atwood High School in 1963 and was valedictorian of her class. She was employed at Kee’s Department Store in Milan until 1966 when she married her husband, Phillip R. Williams, on March 2 of that year and moved to Altus, Oklahoma where Phil served in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. They returned to Milan in 1970 and she became an employee of I.T.T. Inc where she worked on telephone relays and equipment. She worked there until 1976 when she and her husband, Phil, started and managed Williams Furniture Co. in McKenzie, Tenn., a family-owned business that continues today.

She was a devoted member of the McLemoresville United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer for many years, and was active in many positions in the church, including youth leader.

She is survived by one sister; Janie (Max) Lawler of Manistee, Michigan. She is also survived by her husband of 51 years, Phil Williams, two children; Tim (Lisa) Williams of McLemoresville, Jamie (Jodey) Tidwell of St. Petersburg, Florida. five grandchildren, Mitchell McCartney, Maisey Williams (McLemoresville), Max Tidwell, Maggie Tidwell, and Emmy Tidwell (Florida).

She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, her church family, and many friends she loved so dearly.

Irene’s family thanks everyone for the many, many prayers, visits, calls, texts, food, flowers, gifts, and acts of kindness. We are very grateful for everyone’s love and support at this time.

Funeral services were at McLemoresville United Methodist Church on December 1 at 11 a.m. Burial followed in the McLemoresville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be made in memory of Irene Williams to: McLemoresville United Methodist Church, PO Box 71 McLemoresville, TN 38235. Dilday- Carter Funeral Home was in charge (731) 986-8281 or www. dilday.com.+

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