Paul Dean Williams, I, 72, of Gallipolis, Ohio passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 at his residence.

He was born on August 15, 1944 in Gallipolis, son of the late Paul and Lena Belle (Sheets) Williams. He was a heavy equipment operator for Jaymar, Inc. and for Paul Williams and Sons Excavating. Paul was 50 year life member of the Operating Engineers Local #18, Gallipolis Elks Lodge # 107, and the Gallia County Gun Club. Paul also served in the Army National Guard.

Paul was married to Linda Nowlin Williams and she survives him along with a daughter and son-in-law Paula Gayle Williams-Wray and Greg Wray of Gallipolis and a son and daughter-in-law Paul Dean “Bub” Williams, II and Michele Poling-Williams of Crown City; grandchildren, McKenzie Ann Wray, Chase Michael Williams, Mikayla Lea Poling and Dakota, Faith Elizabeth Poling, and Briar Mason Williams, one sister Barbara (Bill) Unroe of Gallipolis, and nephews Brian and Billy Unroe.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Morris officiating. Burial will follow in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens.

Friends may call at Willis Funeral Home on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

There will be full military rites given at the graveside by the Gallia County Funeral Detail. In honor of Paul Williams “take your family out for dinner.”

Pallbearers will be Paul “Bub” Williams, Greg Wray, Bill Unroe, Brian Unroe, Monty Elliott, and Ron Toler.