Carl Edgar Willie “Pop Pop” Williams, age 89, of Pensacola, FL passed into Jesus’s arms peacefully on June 29, 2023. Willie was born on March 26, 1934 and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana to Rodger and Lois Williams. He went to Indiana State Teachers College and then spent 20 years in the Navy flying airplanes. While in college, he met Mary Lou Spear and they married upon graduation.
Willie went straight from college to flight school. He had two children, Steve and Becky. He flew many planes including the A4 and the P3. He flew off several aircraft carriers and spent time in the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy to Gulf Breeze, Florida, he worked for Gulf Shore Turf and then opened a business with his wife Mary Lou. After several successful years they closed the business and he began working for the Auto Auction in addition to volunteering at Interfaith Ministries and the Naval Air Museum.
Willie was a giving man and helped others whenever he saw the opportunity. He was well known for the phrase, “Anything I can do for you?” In addition to helping others, he loved and served his Lord faithfully throughout his life.
He is preceded in death by his parents Roger and Lois Williams and his wife Mary Lou. Survivors include his loving family; son, Steve Williams (Glennda); daughter, Becky Brown (Jody); grandchildren, Kyle Brown, Caleb Brown, Carlie Brown, Megan Williams (Terrance), Nikki Guay, Ryan Guay (Maria) and great-grandchildren, Alley Williams, Peyton Avila, Lillie Lou Avila, Ian Guay, Reesa Theriault-Guay, Gerek Theriault-Guay and Molly Theriault-Guay. Willie also leaves behind his brother Jim (Shelby) Williams and several nieces and nephews whom he loved.
The family would like to express love and thanks to Emerald Coast Hospice, Wesley Haven Villas, Baptist Hospital and the family and friends who have loved and cared for Willie over the years.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 12th at Rose Lawn Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emerald Coast Hospice.