Rex lived in the Barry-Lawrence County communities his entire life and was a 1947 graduate of Verona High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict, was a dairy and beef farmer, and was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. On June 7, 1956, he married Anita Weddington of Monett, in Miami, Okla.
During and after high school, Rex was involved in amateur boxing, even achieving the notorious "Golden Gloves" title. He entered the Army in June of 1951, and his boxing career ended when he was shot during his service term. He received the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged in March of 1953. He enjoyed farming, square dancing with the Aurora Squares and spending time with his family.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Anita of the home, three sons, Stan Williams and his wife, Peggy, of Verona, Jim Williams, of Monett, Jack Williams, of Bolivar; two daughters, Jane Brewer and her husband, Dan, of Springfield, Maggie Ingram, of Nixa; two sisters, Marjorie Thomas and her husband, John, of Monett, Geneva Geil and her husband, George, of Harligen, Texas; one brother, Darrell Williams and his wife, Joyce, of Verona; 14 grandchildren, Jeff, Trent, Kirk, Emma, Eli, Kinzie and Brent Williams, Drew, Shea and Braeden Hill, Zach and Josh Brewer, Jeannie and Calvin Ingram; and one great granddaughter, Myla Williams.
His parents and sister, Joyce Parrigon, preceded him in death.
A funeral service, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with burial at Clay Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church building fund or the Clay Hill Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.
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