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Gary Nolen Williams

May 5, 1945 — June 1, 2024

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Gary Nolen Williams passed away on June 1, 2024 at White Oak Acute Care in Baton Rouge. He was born on May 5, 1945 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Chester Nolen Williams and Carmen Wells Williams. He graduated from The University of Arkansas at Monticello and later moved to Baton Rouge. He worked in Pharmaceutical Sales and later owned and operated a heavy equipment rental business with locations in Baton Rouge and Bastrop, Louisiana.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Elaine Darby Williams, son Charles Nolen Williams and wife Dr. Marlow Ball-Williams, and his pride and joy - grandsons Nolen Huxley Williams and Neil Bernard Williams, all of Little Rock. Sisters Carolyn (Trance) Palazzi, Sandy (Darrell) Ferguson and Vicki Culipher. The matron of honor and best man at his wedding, sister-in-law Carolyn Darby Bourg and her husband, Larry Bourg. Niece Melanie (Jay) Falgoust and nephew Steve Bourg. Nieces Kristi (Bill) Uhlemann, Jennifer Bryant (Katie Reamer), Stacey Haynes, and nephew Richard Mark Palazzi; and a special friend and neighbor Mike Karr.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in-law Mary Chauvin Darby Robichaux and father-in-law Nelson J. Robichaux.

Gary loved the outdoors. Hunting, fishing and snow skiing were his favorite hobbies. After his first traumatic brain injury in 2001 which occurred while skiing in Colorado, he skied with the Disabled Ski School in Winter Park, Colorado for several years. His second traumatic brain injury and Covid in 2020 took a great toll on his life.

The family is at peace and taking comfort in knowing that he is no longer wheelchair bound and has walked into the Gates of Heaven with a Chocolate Wendy’s Frosty in one hand and a Honey Bun in the other. 

The family will have a small private memorial and celebration of life. 

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