Thomas Kenneth “Ken” Williams, 78, of Kannapolis, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Tucker Hospice House, following a period of declining health.

Ken was born Dec. 9, 1943, in Cabarrus County, a son of the late Lawrence Miller Williams and Muriel Patricia Farrell Williams. Ken was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Williams in 1972; and his brother, Joseph Williams in 1978.

Funeral services to honor Ken’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at First Baptist Church of Kannapolis, conducted by the Rev. Tom Cabaniss. The family will receive friends in the church parlor one hour prior to the service. The Rotary Club and American Legion Post #115 will be seated in a group at the church. Interment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park with military honors.

Ken graduated A.L. Brown High School in 1962, and was a member of the Boys Scouts of America, earning the Eagle Scout award. He was a 1966 graduate of The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, where he was a decorated member of the track team and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. His service included an overseas assignment in Germany where he met his wife, Martha, a member of the United Service Organization (U.S.O.) Following active service, Ken returned to Kannapolis where he owned and operated Williams Office Supply, Inc. Ken was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Kannapolis, a member of the Kannapolis Rotary Club where he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the American Legion Post 115.

Ken is survived by his wife, Martha Peckinpaugh Williams; their children, Matthew Williams and Meredith Sharp (Jess); grandchildren, Davis Williams and June and Will Sharp; and his sisters, Betty Lee (Dan) and Patricia Carter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081; and First Baptist Church,101 N. Main St.,Kannapolis, N.C. 28081.

Whitley’s Funeral Home

Posted in: Independent Tribune

Posted on: 2022-06-01

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