Obituary Lee Vance Munnerlyn Southern Pines

Carl Rush Williams, age 99, of Pinehurst, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Carl was born on November 8, 1921 in Montgomery County, NC to the late Lonnie Lee Williams and Ethel Ursula Rush Williams. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and served in WWII on a Minesweeper.   He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 1943 School of Chemistry.  He also obtained other degrees throughout his lifetime.  Carl was a Southern Scholar and published two books: “Night Works” which was inspired by a job he had as a cab driver, and “Sea Chanty Book of Poetry”.  He was an avid golfer until the age of 95 and formed many friendships with golfing buddies.  Later in life, he completed school to become an ordained minister and served his apprenticeship in prison ministry. Carl was a former member of Kiwanis and Elks Lodge where he was involved in his community.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Martinez and her husband Tim of Arizona; three stepdaughters: Susan Stark of Massachusetts; Karen Perkins and Elizabeth Macat both of California.  He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Milton Williams and his daughters, Terrell Tuthill and Marta Harkins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines with Celebrant Cathy Haynes officiating.  The family will have a private interment at Pinelawn Memorial Park. Covid-19 guidelines will be followed and those attending must wear a face covering.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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