Williams, Ben Douglas

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Ben Douglas Williams, 73, of Copper Hill, VA – faithful husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, friend, and fisherman – died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at home with his family.

He was born January 5, 1948 in Dickenson County, VA, the son of the late Doris and June Williams. He graduated from Ervinton High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Ben and his late wife Elizabeth moved to Salem, and shortly thereafter made their home in the Copper Hill area of Floyd County where they raised their family and a large garden.

Ben was also a passionate fisherman, often spending his free time on Philpott Lake in pursuit of walleyes. He was recognized as an Expert Angler and Master Angler by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and was recognized several times as the “Angler of the Month” in the Commonwealth. Always generous with his time he coached his sons in Dixie Youth and American Legion baseball, and he was a past president of the Check Ruritan Club. In retirement Ben was an avid woodworker, specializing in making tables and bowls of unique Appalachian hardwoods that he collected.

Survivors are sons, Jason Williams and wife Emily of Troutville, VA and Benson Williams and wife Nina of Copper Hill, VA; grandchildren, Sophie Williams, Isaac Williams, Brooke Williams, and Nathan Williams; sisters Reba Teters of Clinchco, VA; Elizabeth Rasnick and husband Dean of Clinchco, VA, and Lois Edwards of Radford, VA; brothers, Charlie Williams and wife JoAnn of Copper Hill, VA; and James Williams and wife DeAnna of Palmyra, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth and sister Jean Greer.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Good Samaritan Hospice of the New River Valley and their wonderful staff, including Angie Sutphin and Shannon Roop for their compassionate care over the past several weeks.

A service will be held at his home and will be limited to family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Copper Hill Church of the Brethren Food Bank or Good Samaritan Hospice.