Lonnie Hazard Williams



LANCASTER, SC - Mr. Lonnie Hazard “Friction” Williams, age 86, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018 at Springs Memorial Hospital. He was born July 30, 1932 in Rock Hill, SC, a son of the late Chalmas Williams and Ila McEleveen Williams and is the husband of the late Mary Threatt Williams. Mr. Williams enjoyed reading, walking, riding motorcycles and horses. He was employed with Springs Industries for 41 years where he was known by all as “Friction”. Mr. Williams was affectionately known by his family as “Runt”. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren with whom he enjoyed spending time. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years. Mr. Williams served his country in the United States Navy where he was stationed on the USS Intrepid. He was a very active member of Grace Presbyterian where he served as an Elder and Deacon.

Mr. Williams is survived by his son, Lonnie Bob Williams and his wife, Paula; two granddaughters, Barbara Whitaker and Amanda Koehler and her husband, William; three great grandchildren, Annabeth Whitaker, Henry Koehler and Emily Koehler; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Williams; his parents; four brothers, George Williams, Clifford Williams, Shular Williams, and Walter Williams, Sr.; and a sister, Vera Wood.

The Celebration of Life Funeral Service for Mr. Williams will be 3:00 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Grace Presbyterian Church by Rev. Marty Simmons. The family will receive friends from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm at the church. Burial will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 1026 Grace Avenue, Lancaster, SC 29720.