Billie Gene Williams was born in Quitman, Arkansas on December 5, 1927. He succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2019, at his home in Winters.
He grew up in California in the Merced area of the San Joaquin Valley. Bill was always a hard worker. After graduating from high school, he joined the Merchant Marines at age 17 and traveled the world creating fond memories for himself. He continued in the Merchant Marines until he began his service in the Army being a tank retriever during the Korean War. He married his wife and best friend, Charlene, on November 14,1953. They were happily married for 61 years until her death in May 2015.
In the 1950’s during the construction of the Monticello Dam, he began trucking construction materials to the dam site. He liked Winters so much he decided to make it his home. He started his own trucking company and worked with Pinkston Trucking. When two of his friends started Double M Trucking Company, he worked with them until he retired in his early 80’s.
Bill is survived by his brother, Donald Souza; sister-in-law, Carolyn Souza; and his sister and brother-in-law, Dixie and Allan Green. Another sister preceded him in death, Jacqueline Souza. He is also survived by nine nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and an abundance of friends. The world was a better place with Bill in it. He had a huge heart and was generous to a fault; never hesitating to lend a hand in any manner needed. It was often said he would give you the shirt off his back.
Bill enjoyed planting and tending to his annual vegetable garden and sharing his crop with many. He liked barbecuing and inviting neighbors and friends over to eat. He loved taking drives with his wife. They loved and enjoyed many hours of fishing together. They always had dogs which they loved and spoiled. He missed Charlene terribly after her passing but they are together again — probably fishing right now. While we are happy they are reunited, we will all miss him tremendously and remember him fondly.
Services will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 1:30 pm at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Midway Rd. in Dixon.]]>