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Fred Emmett Williams


August 30, 2018

Fred Emmett Williams

Fred Emmett Williams

Fred Emmett Williams died on Aug. 13, 2018.

He was born to Fred O. and Mary Jane Williams Dec. 27, 1945, in Syracuse, N.Y. He spent his childhood in Garfield, Wash., and graduated in 1964. He attended WSU and during that time met and married the love of his life, Sharon Hawk, in 1967. Upon graduation he taught math and coached one year in Yakima before enlisting in the USMC from 1970-73.

Because of his strong math background, the Marine Corp. chose to train Fred in the new and expanding field of computer science. His professional life was spent with IBM in Chicago, followed by a 30-year career as a systems analyst at Kaiser-Trentwood.

Fred loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed running, especially Bloomsday and even accomplished a few marathons. His real passion was his love for God. He was a certified ACBC Counselor who had the privilege to mentor and counsel many men and women. He ministered to future leaders and pastors in Russia, Dominican Republic and the Canary Islands. He was instrumental in establishing a Biblical Counseling Training Center at Faith Bible. He tutored men at the Union Gospel Mission and was called of God to Eldership at Valley Fourth Memorial, Valley Bible and Faith Bible Church.

Fred was preceded in death one brother, Michael. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon, four children, Jennifer Bode (Darrin) Lynden, Aaron Williams and Amanda Chandler (Rob) Spokane, and Beth Anne Williams of Kennewick. He leaves behind eight grandchildren and four surviving sisters, Anne Vannice, Mickey Leinweber, Margaret McInturff and Jayne Oleson.

Private burial services will be held at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery and memorial services were Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. at Faith Bible Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Biblical Counseling Center at Faith Bible Church or The Haitian Children's Orphanage in care of Faith Bible Church.


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