Joseph Paul Williams, 82, of Monroe City died Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Quinn, Fr. Pat Pierceall, and Fr. George Kramer officiating. Burial will follow at the Holy Rosary Cemetery.
Visitation was held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Yager-Kendrick Funeral Home with a Rosary recited at 3:45 p.m. and a Scripture service at 8 p.m.
Joe Paul was born on January 1, 1933 in Indian Creek the son of Martin Thomas and Rose Bertha (Adam) Williams.
He graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1950.
On April 9, 1951 Joe Paul married Bertha Rose Spalding; and she preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 2012.
Mr. Williams is survived by a daughter, Debbie Watson (Tom) of Monroe City; four sons, Jay Williams (Lynette); Bill Williams (Babby); Scott Williams (Kari) of Monroe City and Ron Williams (Kelly), all of Monroe City; a daughter, Mary Jo Yegge (Jeff) of Washington; grandchildren, Ryan Watson, Kyle Watson, Brad Williams, Erin Williams, Laura Williams, Matt Williams, Shane Williams, Michael Williams, Monica Paez, Ross Williams, Collin Williams, Lance Williams, Emmalee Williams, Karsyn Williams; step-grandchildren, Dylan and Jessica Yegge; great-grandchildren, Blaine Watson, Rhett Watson, Dax Watson, Briggs Watson, Bryce Watson, Myra Jones, Willow Williams, Henley Williams Reid Williams, Brynn Williams, Drew Williams, Landry Williams, Beckett Paez, Calvin Paez, and one great-grandchild expected to arrive in February; sisters, Regina Hays of Monroe City, Betty Pfaff of Hannibal; brother, Jim Williams of Canton, Il; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends.
Along with his wife of 60 years, Bertha, his parents; sisters, Rosalie Buckman, Margaret Jane McCurren, Loretta Quinn, a brother, Tom Williams, preceded Joe Paul in death.
Joe Paul began his career with the Post Office in Monroe City on Nov. 8, 1951. He worked for 37 years at the post office until his retirement, spending most of that time as the Postmaster.
After retirement he worked in the mailroom at Diemakers, and helped with floral delivery for Michael’s Flowers, Joe Paul also enjoyed spending time at the casino.
Joe Paul was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
He was an original board member for the Monroe City Sheltered Workshop, was a member of the Jaycees, Moose Lodge, Library Board, Parks Board, Monroe City Nutrition Center Board, and the Monroe City Booster Club.
Joe Paul was a Cub Scout Leader, and was a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, and the financial secretary for the Indian Creek Knights of Columbus for many years. He was active in Christ Renews His Parish, attending several times. He enjoyed going to daily mass, and loved the fellowship of his prayer group.
He was an avid fan of the Holy Rosary Trojans, Monroe City Panthers, and the St. Louis Cardinals, and loved being a spectator at sporting events. He spent many hours attending the activities of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joe Paul had a contagious smile, and an amazing love for his God, family and friends, and nature. He never met a stranger.
Memorial donations are suggested to Holy Rosary Church, Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center, Missouri Right to Life, or the Donor’s Choice in care of Yager-Kendrick Funeral Home, 545 Stoddard St. Monroe City, MO 63456.
Online condolences may be left at www.yagerkendrickfh.com