Mabron Edward Williams, age 96, was born on July 11, 1925 in Uriah, Alabama and passed away on August 23, 2021 in Fairhope, Alabama. At age 6, his family moved from Monroe County to Bay Minette, Alabama. Mabron served active duty in the United States Navy from his enlistment in 1942 until August of 1962; he remained in the Fleet Reserve until 1972 for a total of 30 years. He retired at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Mabron participated in seven invasions in the South Pacific during World War II and served on staff for four different Admirals. In 1961, he was serving aboard the USS Cavalier (APA-31) when it was hit by Typhoon Nancy with 175-knot winds and 65-foot seas. During his military service, he received numerous medals and ribbons as well as a Presidential Citation from President Harry Truman for his service during World War II. Looking back on his life, Mabron once said, “I feel it was an honor and privilege to serve God and my country in war and peace times.”
After his retirement from the Navy, Mabron and his family moved home to Bay Minette. Mabron worked for 20 years at Kaiser Aluminum in Bay Minette, where he retired in 1984. While there, Mabron was a lead man in maintenance for the corporation. After retirement, Mabron enjoyed a daily walk along the streets of his neighborhood in his beloved hometown. Mabron could also be found at the “Coffee Club” around 9:00 AM chatting with his friends. Mabron was chosen to be Grand Marshal of the Veterans Day Celebration in Bay Minette in 2016. He also participated in the first Honor Flight South Alabama to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. In January 2019, Mabron moved to The Brennity at Fairhope Senior Living to be closer to his daughters and their families in Fairhope.
Mabron was preceded in death by his wife Vencile Boone Williams, his son Jerold (Sarah) Williams, his mother Bertie Phillips Williams, his father Otis Williams, his sister Sadie Jones, and his brother Thomas Williams. He is survived by his two daughters Mary Anne (Richard) Roh and Martha (Stephen) Montgomery and his three grandchildren Malia Bishop, Olivia (Matthew) Weller, and William (Sara) Roh.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 27 at First Baptist Church in Bay Minette, Alabama. Visitation is at 9:30 AM followed by the funeral at 11:00 AM. Although the family will accept flowers, they suggest memorial contributions be made to Community Hospice 1450 N. McKenzie St., Foley, AL 36535 or any organization that serves to benefit veterans.
Pallbearers will be William Roh, Matthew Weller, Brian Jarvis and Derek Roh.
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