RISING STAR Volley Joe Williams, 93, formerly of Brownwood and Odessa, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2007.

Volley Joe was born Dec. 19, 1914, in Cross Plains, Texas, the son of William Alfred and Nora (Bruton) Williams. He retired from Weakley-Watson Hardware in Brownwood, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Volley Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edwina (Anderson) Williams, and a brother, W.A. Williams.

Survivors include his three children, Toni Johnson of Dallas, Joe Eddie Williams of Selkirk, N.Y., and Sid Williams of Fort Worth; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held June 9, 2007, at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel and burial was at Rising Star Cemetery.