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Ancil Williams

December 20, 1925 — November 3, 2023

It is with a heavy heart we share the passing of Ancil “Bud” Newton Williams Jr.,

97, of Grants, New Mexico on Friday, November 3 rd , 2023. Bud was born in Sudan

Texas on December 20, 1925. Bud is preceded in death by his Father, Ancil “Slim”

Newton Williams Sr., Mother Ruth Vernon Sanford, Sisters Joyce Clements,

Audrey Navotny, Mickey Patrick, Grandson Nicholas Rougemont, and Great

Grandchild Skyler Williams.

Bud Leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Carol Williams, Daughter Cheri Whitlock

Johnson and Husband David Johnson, Son Michael “Buddy” Gorton, Daughter

Rena Williams and Husband David Gaddis, son Mickey Williams and Wife Candi

Williams. Ten grandchildren, Joseph Lyons, Ashley Brigham, James Rougemont

(wife Cristal), Alexia Rougemont, Laurence Rougemont, Mickey Williams Jr,

Dylan Williams (Katie Kirlin), Kyle Williams, Joshua Williams, and Justin

Ahlheim. Nine great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Anthony, Isaiah, Dakota, Estrella,

Matthew, Nicholas, Alaya, and Jaxon. Extended family members including, Eloy

Sedillos and wife Louella, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Bud lived a life some only dream of. He joined the Navy during World War II

when he was just 17 years old. He then traveled the world after he left the Navy.

He worked on a cable ship that placed the cable for Cape Canaveral, crossed the

international dateline more times than he could remember while working on

different tuna ships. He worked in many different professions, all over the world.

Bud never had an idle minute, always working on a project or invention, spending

time with family, guiding hunters, or anything he could find to keep him active and


Bud was the one who encouraged the mischief and is fondly remembered as the

one who never scolded the children. Bud was responsible for his niece’s nickname

“Porky” after he convinced her that if she planted a can of Pork and Beans, more

cans would grow. Bud loved with his whole heart and always brought smiles to

the faces of those around him. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to

know him.

The Celebration of Life for Bud will be held on December 2, 2023, at 1:00 pm at

the American Legion Post 80, 121 South 3 rd St. Grants, NM 87020.
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, December 2, 2023

8:00 - 9:30 pm (Mountain time)

American Legion Post 80 Grants NM

121 3rd Street, Grants, NM 87020

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