Marvin G. Williams, 82, of Columbus, passed from this life at 6:07 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Columbus Regional Hospital.
Mr. Williams was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Martinsville, Indiana, to Lester M. and Ferne Seelye Williams. He married Sue Ann Teeguarden Feb. 13, 1960, in Indianapolis. She preceded him in death Aug. 24, 2007.
He was a graduate of Martinsville High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from DePauw University in Greencastle.
Mr. Williams was inducted into the U.S. Air Force Nov. 16, 1955. He was a B-47 SAC Pilot and was honorably discharged Nov. 15, 1958. From 1960 to the present, Mr. Williams was an Indiana licensed funeral director. He had worked at Whittaker Funeral Home in Greencastle, and Hathaway-Morrison Funeral Home and Reed Funeral Home in Columbus.
From 1981 to 2003, Mr. Williams served with the Bartholomew County Sheriffs’ Department. He served under eight different Sheriffs starting as a deputy and going through the ranks to Major Chief Deputy. During his career, he had been over jail operations, road patrol and detectives. He was a deputy coroner under Larry Fisher from 1986-1990 and was one of the first Certified Medico Legal Death Investigators in Bartholomew County. He retired in 2003 as Major over day to day operations.
Prior to 1981, Marvin served as a Reserve Deputy and he created the Special Deputy Program now known as the reserves. Mr. Williams’ memberships include Fraternal Order of Police, Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, Indiana Funeral Directors Association, Martinsville Masonic Lodge and the National Rifle Association.
He was actively involved in the American Red Cross and was past president of the Brown/Bartholomew County Chapter. He was past president of the Columbus Softball Association and was a volunteer coach for the Lincoln Elementary basketball team and Columbus Youth Baseball. Marvin was an avid softball player and was a member of the Indiana Silver Foxes.
Mr. Williams is survived by his sons, Jeff (Lisa) Williams and Mark Williams of Columbus; and grandchildren, Jared, Joshua, Joel, Jayla, Caitlyn, Courtney and Carson Williams.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
The funeral will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Pastor Douglas Bauman officiating.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday.
Burial will be at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Unit and the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to FOP Shop with a Cop Program.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Williams family and a video tribute may be viewed at barkesweaverglick.com.