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May 14, 1957 – May 21, 2023

“Well done my good and faithful servant”

Franklin Thad Williams on Sunday May 21st entered his forever heavenly home. Thad, through his unwavering faith and with the loving support of his wife Tammy, and children, Amanda & Larry, and Justin & Rebecca, bravely, and with great courage battled a long bout with cancer.

Franklin Thad Williams was born May 14th, 1957 to Frank & Marion Williams of Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Thad was the grandson of the late Doctor Thaddeus & Amanda Britt of Clarkton, and the late Benjamin Frank & Annie Maybell Williams of Weldon, North Carolina.

Thad grew up in the community of Elizabethtown. At a young age he was blessed with a talent for the piano and shared his gift throughout his life through his band, his church, and community. Upon high school graduation he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and completed a degree in Business Administration. He began his career with Cape Craft, managing a store in Knoxville, Tennessee. He later made a career move back to North Carolina and met and married his beloved Tammy Chason in 1997. Their years together at home in White Oak was Thad’s ‘heaven on earth’. He ventured into business with his lifelong friend, Mitchell Evans, and they served the community through Evan’s Computer Solutions for over twenty years. He was an accomplished pianist, grill master, but his most revered title was “Papa” to his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife Tammy Chason Williams of White Oak, North Carolina, and their daughter Amanda & her husband Larry Everette of Four Oaks, and their son Justin & his wife Rebecca Phillips of Raleigh. Thad and Tammy have four loving grandchildren: Lainee and Abel Everette and James & Levi Phillips.

Thad is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer Williams Juren and Jay Timothy Juren of Fayetteville, Georgia along with their three daughters and their husbands; Marion & Daniel Davila of Cary, North Carolina, Ann Christian & David Ray of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Jennifer Hope Britt Juren of Atlanta, Georgia. Also by his mother-in-law, Mrs. Shirley Chason of White Oak, North Carolina, and sister-in-law Kathy Chason Taylor & husband Freeman Taylor of White Oak. Thad is remembered and loved by nephews Rodney Hill, wife Jenna and their girls Eleanor & Madeline, and Joshua and Abby Hill and girls, Lydia & Sutton.

Thad & Tammy faithfully attended and served at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in White Oak. Family & loved ones were their focus and their joy, with their faith being the cornerstone of their lives. Thad’s service will be held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 27th at 2pm. There will be a gathering of family and friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

Our family wishes to express our gratitude to the Duke Blood Cancer Center, the Transitions Life Center in Cary and to those that lifted the choir of prayers on Thad’s behalf.

Memorials can be sent to the American Cancer Society or to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 72 Bethlehem Methodist Church Road, White Oak, NC 28399.

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