Earl Dale Williams, 81, of Herrin and formerly of Johnston City and Lincoln passed away at 4:05 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018 at his residence with his loving wife by his side.
Dale was born April 24, 1937 in Johnston City to Charles Ellis and Jessie M. (Jones) Williams. He was first married to Sandra Sue Slater on December 16, 1961. Sandra preceded him in death April 3, 2003 . He later married Linda (Perrine) Lattuada on August 12, 2006. Linda survives.
Dale was a 1955 graduate of Johnston City High School. He joined the United States Navy in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1959. He was a graduate of SIU-Carbondale with a Bachelors of Science degree in elementary education and received his Masters degree in education from Illinois State University. He retired after 38 years of teaching in the Springfield Public Schools System. After retiring , he returned back to his hometown and owned and operated Lincoln Real Estate for several years.
Dale was a member of the Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy. He was also a member of the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and the Sangamon Education Association. He enjoyed traveling and collecting antiques.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Williams of Herrin; two daughters, Michele Lee (Craig) Goldhammer of Avon, IN and Amy Marie (Scott) Abbott of Zionsville, IN; six grandchildren, Aidan, Brendan, Carson and Anderson Abbott, Michael and Elizabeth Goldhammer; five step-children; twelve step-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; three sisters-in-laws, Rose (Homer) Stallings of Johnston City, Sue Slater of Johnston City and Barbara Williams of Sturgis, MI. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roger Dale Williams and six siblings.
Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City with Rev. David Dyer officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City with Military Rites accorded by Herrin & Carterville VFW & American Legion Posts along with members of the United States Navy Military Honors Team.
Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center. Memorial envelopes are available at the funeral home.
For additional information or to sign the book of memories, please visit www.pylefuneralhome.com