Joseph Speed Williams, 89, husband of Kay Pleasants Williams, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Mark Pettway Jones Williams and Edna Draughn Williams.

Mr. Williams was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club in Rocky Mount. He was a graduate of Rocky Mount Senior High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a lifelong member of The Rams Club. He was retired president of Joe S. Williams Company and was a past member of Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount and Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was an avid UNC supporter and golfer.

He was also a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years of Sumter; one son, Joseph Mark Williams (Rhonda) of Birmingham, Alabama; one daughter Katherine "Kay" Williams Smith (Bob) of Sumter; three granddaughters, Katherine Lewis Smith, Nancy Cameron Smith and Cassidy McKay Williams.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Mark, Frank and Graham Williams.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, with the Rev. Nick Cheek officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, 93 Paisley Park.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150.

The family would like to thank the staff of Covenant Place for their loving care over the last three years and to the members of First Presbyterian Church for their continual visits and prayers.

Online condolences may be sent to

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 Broad St., is in charge of the arrangements. 803-775-9386.