Arlis Williams

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Arlis L. Williams, 87, of Belleville, IL, born November 9, 1932, in East St. Louis, IL, died Monday, January 6, 2020, at The Arbors of Parkway Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Mr. Williams was an electrician, retired, and was a United States Air Force veteran. After his military service, he worked for McDonnell-Douglas on aircraft electrical systems, and finally retired as an electrician from Inland Technologies, Millstadt, IL.  Arlis was a former member of Bethel Tabernacle, Shiloh, IL, loved southern gospel music and often led the song service at church.  He enjoyed stain-glass making, tinkering on cars, and many home improvement projects.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Aulsie, nee Manley, Williams; and two sisters, Betty (Bud) Warfield and Jerri (James) Leddon.

Surviving are his wife and love of his life for 65 years, Rachel J. Williams, nee Conzelman, whom he married on December 25, 1954;
a son, Robert (Debbie) Williams of Belleville, IL;
a daughter, Melanie (Bruce) Vick of Swansea, IL;
a grandson, Thomas Lee Williams;
a brother, Harold (Mary Jo) Williams of Bowling Green, KY;
and a sister, Alleen (Herbert) Long of Modesto, CA.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, January 9, 2020, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 9, 2020, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Dr. Bob Swickard officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


3 Comments on Arlis Williams

Brian Clements said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2020 at 1:51 AM

So sorry to Bob, Deb, Lee, Rachel, and Melanie for the loss of this kind, gentle man. He was a great (former) father-in-law, husband to Rachel, and father to Bob and Mel, and Grandpa to Lee. My favorite memory is not just listening to him, but watching him sing in church. He was passionate about his worship, his love for his family, and for God. He will be truly missed! Rest in peace Arlis.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Gigi Dowling Urban said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2020 at 2:02 PM

I didn’t know your dad well...I only met him a couple of times. But Mel, I knew him through your posts and pictures and stories. I see him in your smile...your kindness...your curiosity... I am so sorry,Mel and you both❤️

  • Belleville
  • Il
Maureen Rico said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2020 at 1:38 AM

RIP Arlis. You are at peace and in God’s loving arms for eternity

  • Ringgold
  • GA

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