George A. Williams

RANDOLPH, N.Y. – George A. Williams, 67, of Sheldon Street, Randolph, passed away unexpectedly Sunday (Jan. 5, 2014) in the home of his companion Cindy Hogue Groves.

George was born Sept. 20, 1946, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of the late Cecil Williams. He attended Randolph Central School and was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving his country proudly during the Vietnam War Era from Nov. 21, 1963, until his Honorable discharge on Sept. 18, 1967.

Mr. Williams had worked for WebberKnapp in Jamestown and for BelleAir in Buffalo.

His memberships included life member of both the Randolph Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6533 and the Randolph American Legion Post 181 and was also a member of the Jamestown VFW.

George enjoyed hunting in his youth, watching football and golf on television, his collection of Cadillacs over the years. He was also a John Wayne, Hank Williams Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan. George was known as a people person, who loved being out and about socializing. He enjoyed Country Western music and listening to the Grand Ole Opera.

He is survived by his companion: Cindy Hogue Groves, devoted to one another since July 6, 1997; three children: Laura Williams of Cheektowaga, N.Y., George A. “Butch” Williams and wife Betty of Little Valley, N.Y., and Kelly Hoyt and husband Randy of Fulton, N.Y.; step children: Barry (Michelle) Groves of Franklinville, N.Y., Sonya (Panther) Pearson of Jamestown; adopted son and nephew: Scott Williams and wife Eileen of Cattaraugus, N.Y., and nine grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ralph and Adaline Bentley Williams; and a brother, Ed Williams.

The family will receive family and friends from 47 p.m. Thursday in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, from where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Norma Tennies and the Rev. Deforest Tennies Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in the Randolph Cemetery. To leave a condolence, Log onto: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Randolph Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6533, Rte 394 242, Randolph, NY 14772.