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Steve Alton Willams

Steve Alton Willams was born to Retha Lois Fryar and R.D. Williams on January 9, 1947, in Mena, Arkansas. He went home to Jesus on October 23, 2023, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Steve served his country from 1966 to 1970 in the United States Navy. He had several careers after, but his main career and passion was long-haul trucking. He was the father to four children: Stacey (Michael), Shawn, Shannon (Ryan), and Shelly (Willie). He was grandfather to ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Retha Lois Williams, his father, R.D. Williams, and brothers Robert Williams and Jeff Williams.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren, bonus mother Allena Williams, brothers Danny, Alan, and Greg Williams, and sisters Nina Dell Wooten, Janet, and Wendy Williams.

Steve will always be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his love of all things trucks, and his generosity. We are comforted by the fact that he is home with Jesus and that we will be reunited with him in Heaven.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas, with Reverend Daryl Hines officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Turner, Tom Wooten, Alan Williams, and Mike Ballard.

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