John Allen Williams

August 28, 1936 – August 4, 2021

John Allen Williams, 84, of Bedford, died at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at IU Hospital, Bloomington.

Born Aug. 28, 1936, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Paul Canaan and Virginia (Baker) Williams. He married Roselyn Jean Armstrong on Nov. 2, 1958, and she survives.

John proudly served the citizens of Bedford as Mayor for 24 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He attended Hillcrest Christian Church. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, a 50-year member of the Bedford Fraternal Masonic Lodge #14, Scottish Rite, La-Or-Ma Shrine Club, Rotary International, and numerous other organizations.

Survivors include his wife Jean, a daughter, Lisa Webb, and husband Allen of Bedford; a son, John A. Williams, Jr. and wife Tracy of Bedford; four grandchildren, Alexander Webb and wife Olivia, Andrew Webb and wife Jordan, Margaret Williams all of Bedford, and Elizabeth (Williams) Gouty and husband A.J. of Bloomington; five great-grandchildren, River Webb, Benjamin Webb, Harbor Webb, and Abram Webb of Bedford and Grey Gouty of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Paul Canaan and Virginia Williams of Williams.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, August 6, at Hillcrest Christian Church in Bedford. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. by members of Masonic Lodge #14 F & AM. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7 at Hillcrest Christian Church with Pastor Mark Fugate officiating with visitation from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Bedford Rotary Scholarship, John Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, Lawrence County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1235, Bedford.

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