Roger E. Williams, age 92 of the Coventry at St. Joseph of the Pines died peacefully Wednesday at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

A native of Cynthiana, KY he was a son of the late Rolla and Effie Wagoner Williams. Roger was a US Navy Veteran of WWII and worked as a mechanical engineer for McDonald Douglas where he was directly involved with the development of in flight fueling.

He was preceded in death by a brother Ernest Williams and sister Dorothy Chrysler.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years Barbara Ann Keefer Williams of the Coventry; children, Bruce Williams and wife Kum Ok of Irving, TX, Cindy Cartner and husband Lawrence of Ft. Mill, SC, Alan Williams and wife Cathy of Florescent, MD, Melissa Vasseur and husband Keith of Fenton, MD, Julia Overby and husband Tommy of Sanford; sister Helen Batte of Cynthiana, KY; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Williams family.

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  1. Christie and I are so saddened to hear of the death of our wonderful neighbor, Roger. We lived next door to each other for two decades, and he and Barbara were just the best neighbors that anyone could ever have. Roger was a man of many talents and often assisted me with yard projects. I will never forget how he used his engineering skills to re-wire my back porch when I was converting it to a sun room. He seemed to know that I was in over my head and just came over and did the job.
    Roger possessed a quiet strength in both personality and character. It is always a great loss when someone like that leaves this world. May he rest in peace.

  2. To our dear Aunt Barbara and our cousins Bruce, Cindy, Alan, Melissa and Julia,
    Please accept the sympathy of your Fort Wayne Keefer cousins, Steve (Mary) Keefer, Becky (Jerry) Henry, Amy Lou (Dan’s wife) Keefer, Kevin Keefer and Amy Keefer. We all remember Uncle Roger fondly from their visits to FW when Grandpa Mark and Grandma Marie Keefer were still living. Aunt Barbara was a lively chatter-box and had an infectious laugh while Uncle Roger was a man of few words( probably couldn’t get a word in edgewise with all those chatty Keefers around!). He and your Uncle Ed would talk golf and often hit the links together with Uncles Bud and Dick. God bless you all.
    You may already know this due to social media but our dad, your Uncle Ed, died early Saturday (yesterday, November 16, 2019). He was 93 and 1/2. Our prayers were answered as he died peacefully, in his sleep. We were with him on Friday and our parish priest was there to anoint dad. Now, Aunt Barbara is the last surviving sibling
    Again, please feel our sympathies and prayers and know we all have many happy memories or both of your parents.
    Love to all,
    From all of us….
    Becky Henry

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