Harold Edward Williams


Harold Edward Williams

Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Death 11 Jul 1981 (aged 85)
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Plot Bl 32, Lot 176 Sp 6
Memorial ID 74187242 View Source
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h/o Althea Vivian Bacon.



Harold E. Williams 85, 1165 S. Main St., prominent Carthage manufacturer, died at 4:10 a.m. today at McCune-Brooks Hospital where he had been a patient since July 6. Mr. Williams had been seriously ill the past year.
Born July 29, 1895 in Carthage, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Williams. He was graduated from Carthage High School in 1913 and then entered the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was graduated in 1917 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical and mechanical engineering.

From 1917 to 1920, Mr. Williams was with the War Department where he designed heavy gun carriages for the coast artillery. He returned to Carthage and founded the H. E. Williams Products Company in 1921.

Mr. Williams was president of the nationally known firm, which manufactures electrical lighting fixtures, until 1973, when he was succeeded by his son John E. Williams. He was then elevated to chairman of the board of the family firm, continuing in that position until his retirement in 1980.

The well-known Carthage businessman was a member of the group who founded Flex-O-Lators Inc. and was chairman of that firm's board until his retirement in 1980. He is a former member of the board of directors for the Bank of Carthage and a former member of the Carthage Board of Public Works. He was a member of the Carthage Rotary Club and the United Commercial Travelers. He served for several years on the advisory board of the Vocational-Technical Department of the Carthage Public Schools. While at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mr. Williams was a member of the Sigma Nu social fraternity, Eta Kappa Nu, the honorary electrical fraternity and Tau Beta Phi, honorary engineering fraternity.

He was married to Althea Bacon, August 3, 1918 in Washington, D. C.

Surviving in addition to his wife
one daughter;
Virginia L. Richard, Closter, New Jersey
one son;
John E. Williams 1163 Grand Ave Carthage
one grandson and two step-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at Park Cemetery under the direction of Knell Mortuary.
Rev. Richard E. McHenry officiated

Note: Tobias Kreider, who on July 2, 1879 lived on North Maple, a 4-room structure, the second house north of Central. Mr. Kreider was in the furniture business here. He constructed a brick building at 121 South Main, which was incorporated into the H. E. Williams Products Company building.

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