Donald Vernon Williams

Don WilliamsDonald Vernon Williams, 75, of Santa Fe, Texas passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on October 31, 2015. Don was born May 17, 1940, to Walter and Mary Williams in Evergreen, Alabama.  He proudly served his country as a U. S. Marine. Don was a member of The Asbestos Workers Union Local 22 and retired as President of Williams Insulation Contractors after fifty years.  He was a loyal member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Texas City and enjoyed belonging to the DeMontrond Travelers and the WWW Travelers. Don was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Alma Guidry; and sisters, Mary Johnson and Betty Sue Knight.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 29 years LaVerne Williams; daughters, Kimberly Martinez and husband Richard, Donna Stuart, Sonya Smith and husband Terry, and Shellie Vaughan and husband Dwaine; sons, Kenneth Williams and wife Angie, and Donnie Tisdale and wife Jody; father-in-law, Cliff Guidry; sister, Martha Williams; brother, Wendall Williams (Kay); grandchildren, Kenneth Williams, Jr. (Mandy), Stephanie Ficklen (Maverick), Brett Tisdale (Alicia), Brittany Tisdale, Brandon Tisdale, Dane Williams, Lauren Williams, Dean Vaughan, Courtney Vaughan, Taylor Stuart, Trent Stuart, Katlyn Rees, Katherine Martinez, and Summer Smith; and eight great grandchildren.

A visitation in his honor will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, Dickinson, Texas, with funeral services 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at The First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 2400 21st St N., Texas City, Texas. Interment will follow at Hayes Grace Memorial Park, Hitchcock, Texas.  Pastor Brenda Warren presiding.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are his grandchildren, Brett Tisdale, Brittany Tisdale, Brandon Tisdale, Dane Williams, Lauren Williams, Courtney Vaughan and Dean Vaughan. Honorary pallbearers are Lynn Roberts, Morris Hill, Dave Ellisor, and Wendall Williams.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kidney Disease Research ( or the charity of your choice.

Our special thanks goes to the nursing staff of A-Med Community Hospice, Texas City.


  1. My condolences for your loss; Don Williams was a fair and kind gentleman who treated others how he wanted to be treated. I will miss my old friend!

    Mark Crandell
  2. The Members, Staff, and Officers of Local 22 offer our condolences during this time. We are grateful for the many opportunities Don and his family have given to our membership and are here for them in their time of grief. May the good Lord welcome Don into His arms and give the family the strength needed.

    Heat & Frost Insulators Local 22
  3. We are so sorry that we won’t be able to attend the services for Don. Although, we haven’t known Don and you for very long, we have thoroughly enjoyed being with you at the RV rallies and trips. Gerald and I will both miss playing games with Don and hearing about his flowers.. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sandra & Gerald Dudley
  4. Our love and condolences for your loss. Many rememberances and fond memories from our years of travel with you and Don. I think of many years ago when Don and I were just two of the bunch of guys from Texas City to attend Lamar Tech with big ideas and dreams in the fall of ’59. Don was a great friend to me, a kind and gentle man, and I will miss the discussions that ranged from the stock market to the Houston Texans, and the poker nights! I will also miss the greetings I had when visiting him, that went from old-timer, young man, to PawPaw that always seemed to get a smile from him. God Bless

    Morris and Carolyn Hill

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