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Obituary on: William C. “Bill” Williams Jr.
Curwensville: William C. “Bill” Williams Jr., 65, of Curwensville passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Penn Highlands Clearfield.
Born June 23, 1957 in Philipsburg he was the son of William C. and Barbara (Merrifield) Williams Sr. On June 7, 1980 he wed Shelia (Chidboy) of Curwensville. He was a 1975 Graduate of the Clearfield Area High School, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Bloomsburg University in 1980 and was a 1981 graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1982, he obtained his Funeral Directors License from the State of PA. Upon receiving his license, he was employed by the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville, where he later became supervisor, and for the last 30 plus years has owned and operated the business. He also served as the President of the Pennsylvania State Funeral Directors Association in 1999-2000.
First and foremost, Bill was a family man that had a love for his community of Curwensville. On any given evening in the fall, if you looked to the booth above the stands of the football field at Coach Andy Evanko Stadium, you would not only see but hear him as the voice of the Golden Tide. For over 30 years, he devoted his evenings to announcing football games from the midgets and mites from long ago to the Junior High, JV and Varsity games of today. Whether it be a football game, soccer game or even Powder Puff Football he was there providing play by play commentary on the game. His voice not only echoed over the field in Curwensville, but he also traveled to away games as well to announce the Golden Tide Marching Band.
Beyond the football field, his voice could also be heard announcing the Clearfield County Fair Parade on the main stage at the Grandstand or announcing the Fiddler’s Contest at Curwensville Days. He served as President of the Curwensville Merchants Association, the Curwensville Rotary and COG (Curwensville On the Go) which was a combination of the four service organizations within the town.
As you stroll down State Street during the holiday season you will find beautiful Christmas lights adorning the streets. For over 40 years he ordered, checked, rewired and replaced the lightbulbs in those lights with the help of the members of the Curwensville Rotary and now the Curwensville Care Group. Continuing with the holiday spirit, for 38 years he performed in the Curwensville United Methodist Church’s production of The Search for Peace. Here his beautiful voice echoed as a shepherd, folksinger and member of the men’s choir. He also served on the SPRC Committee at the Curwensville United Methodist Church.
As a member of the Curwensville Rotary he exemplified their motto of “Service Above Self” as he gave of his time and talents he not only took care of the Christmas Lights for the club, but he cooked chicken for their annual Chicken BBQ, chaired and presented the Citizen of the Year Award, chaired Rotary’s Spring into Summer Wine Walk, assisted with the blood screening and litter pick up as well as serving as Assistant District Governor for District 7350 and hosted 7 Rotary Exchange students at his home. For years he helped to setup the Curwensville Days booth for the GFWC Woman’s Club and he assisted the Curwensville BPW by announcing bingo at Curwensville Days to support their club as well. He was the secretary of the CRDC, secretary of the Curwensville Municipal Authority, a member of the Oak Hill Cemetery Board, a member and Past President of the Curwensville Library Board, a member of the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, a lifetime member of the Curwensville Historical Society as well as a lifetime member of the Rescue Hose & Ladder Fire Company. As a member of Station 8, he served as the Parade Chairman for the annual Curwensville Days Parade for 25 years. In 2010, he received the Clearfield Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen of the Year and in 2021 he was named Curwensville’s Citizen of the Year.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Barbara (Merrifield) Williams and his younger sister, Shirley L. (Williams) Gunter. He is survived by his wife, Sheila L. (Chidboy) Williams, along with a daughter Shaina M. Franson, her husband David, and a grandson Liam D. Franson who was his pride and joy, all 3 of Curwensville. He is also survived by 3 brothers and sisters, Beverly (Bev) Lawhead and her husband William “Bill” of Hyde, Timothy “Tim” Williams and his significant other Kathy Nudge of Osceola Mills, and Heather Williams and her significant other Eldon McClarren of West Decatur as well as nieces and nephews Jessica McDanel, Austin McDanel, Casey Williams, Kylee Millinder, Timothy Williams Jr., and Mark Hess.
Funeral Services for Bill Williams will be held at the Curwensville United Methodist Church on Wednesday December 21, 2022 at 11 AM with Pastor DeAnn Newhouse and Reverend Stephen D. Shields officiating.
Friends will be received at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A private family viewing will be held prior to the public Funeral Services at 11 AM on Wednesday at the church. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery of Curwensville.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in care of the Bill Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund 300 State Street Curwensville, PA 16833, where an account will be set up to fund a scholarship for students from the Curwensville Area School District who participate in “Friday Night Lights”. Members of the band, football team and cheerleaders will be eligible to receive this scholarship starting in June of 2023.
Online condolences may be made to the family at: www.chidboyfuneralhome.com.
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.
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