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 John Blanks Williams

John Blanks Williams

Birth
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Death 6 Mar 2010 (aged 84)
Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Humble, Harris County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 49442020 · View Source
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Son of Luke Williams & Lydia Williams. Brother of Charlie Williams, Benton Williams, Myrtle (Williams) Witt, Lorraine (Williams) Boggs & Doris (Williams) Parker. Husband of Edith (Bott) Williams, [Married: February 14, 1946], and later, Juanita Biggs (Jolly) Williams. Father of Judy (Williams) Culbertson & Jody Bryan Williams.

John was raised in Shreveport, LA and attended Fair Park High School. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston, LA (now known as Louisiana Tech University). John enlisted in the U.S Navy and attached to the 1st Marine Division, 4th Jasco, where he served in the PTO of WWII as a radio-signal man. He participated and was wounded in the April 1-6, 1945 landing operations of the Battle of Okinawa. He was evacuated to the USC Eldorado and then transferred to the USS Comfort, which was subsequently bombed while he was onboard. John received two purple hearts for his service and sacrifice.John went on to work as a lubrication engineer, marketing and formulating oils and synthetic lubricants for use in industrial applications for Conoco, City Service, and Tenneco before going into business for himself. He founded and later sold Pacer Petroleum, where he developed the first synthetic motor oil, Eon E-11, which was initially tested by the Houston Police Department. In the early 1980's John officially retired, but continued to pursue his passion for lubrication by serving as a consultant for numerous companies. In 1986, he was confronted with an issue that simply could not be solved, so he immediately began to work long hours and late nights in the lab to develop a solution. The result of his efforts was a new state-of-the-art lubricant additive technology and his final enterprise, Royal Purple. He served as President of Royal Purple, formerly based in Humble, Texas, and currently located in Porter, Texas, until his retirement in 2002. John lived in the Houston/Champions/Humble area for most of his last 50 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Humble, Texas. He was extremely generous and enjoyed golfing, fishing and entertaining his friends and family.


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  • Created by: Rick Kauffman
  • Added: 8 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49442020
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Blanks Williams (10 Sep 1925–6 Mar 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49442020, citing Rosewood Funeral Home and Cemetery, Humble, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Rick Kauffman (contributor 47010205) .