Williams Funeral Home -- Garland TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 32° 53.934 W 096° 38.901
14S E 719957 N 3642531
Quick Description: A long-time family-owned funeral business in Garland, the Williams family has been consoling the bereaved and burying the dear departed with dignity and compassion since 1885.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 4:16:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMFKK1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 3

Long Description:
Williams Funeral Directors has been serving Garland bereaved families in a varierty of ways since 1885. They have a beautiful new state-of-the-art chapel to serve any grieving family's needs.

From the website:

Williams Funeral Directors are celebrating our 127th year serving Garland and the surrounding communities. As funeral directors, our calling imposes upon us special responsibilities to those we serve. An important obligation is to provide information so that everyone can make informed decisions about funeral and cremation services. Therefore,we are proud to offer this website as an additional tool to assist our familes with items such as general funeral information, service and merchandise selections and options as well as directions to our facilities that out of town guests can access. We are also happy to post obituaries for family and friends to access and offer condolences or reflect on a life lived. You will also find useful information on pre-planning services, a resource for aiding in grief support and links to websites that we hope our community will find helpful. We are always looking for ways to better serve our families and we hope that this website will serve as an additional tool. Please feel free to call us at any time if you need immediate assistance or if you have any questions that we can help with personally.

Williams Funeral Directors was founded in 1885 as M. D. Williams Furniture and Coffins. Marion Davis Williams and his brother, Jasper Williams, emigrated from Lebanon County, Tennessee to Dallas County, Texas in the mid 1870's. They traveled by horseback and settled near the communities of Embree and Duck Creek. Several years passed before the rest of M. D. ’s family joined the brothers, including their parents, Marlin G. and Sarah Ann (Holt) Williams. After becoming a successful farmer and rancher, in 1885 M. D. and Jasper formed three small businesses in Duck Creek; a dry goods store, a grocery store, and a furniture and coffin store in which their father, Marlin G. Williams, who was a cabinet maker, worked.

The Williams’ businesses offered a variety of necessities for the farming community including groceries, dry goods, John Deere horse-drawn farm equipment, John Deere buggies, furniture, and funeral merchandise, including coffins. In 1889, their store was among those hit by a disastrous fire, which destroyed much of the downtown area. The determined brothers soon rebuilt, and their business and continued to prosper.

The town of Garland was formed in 1891, and M. D. Williams was elected as Garland's first Mayor, a post that he would hold on several occasions during his lifetime.

During the Civil War, Edward Hunter, M. D., invented the "modern" practice of embalming. M. D. Williams educated himself in the procedure, and over the course of time was called upon more frequently as a funeral provider than a retailer. He purchased a horse drawn hearse and began funeral service as his primary career. The dry goods portion of the business was sold to A. M. Baker in the early 1900’s. Baker’s Furniture still occupies the same downtown square location today.

M. D. ’s son, D. Cecil Williams, purchased the business from his father in 1931, and constructed a new facility just two blocks away at 716 Main Street. This building, dedicated solely to funeral service, was one of the first (if not the first) of its kind in Texas.
Under D. Cecil’s guidance, the business began to diversify. Williams Ambulance Service was formed with the first motorized ambulance in Dallas County. Williams Ambulance continued to provide emergency ambulance service and was the area’s only ambulance service until 1975.

Cecil’s son, Marion D. Williams, III, purchased the business from his father in 1970, incorporated as Marion D. Williams, Inc., and adopted the business name Williams Funeral Directors. Marion completely remodeled the existing structure, which doubled the size of the facility. Under his stewardship, the company continued to grow.

Marion, with his father and other community leaders, also founded the Garland – Mills Cemetery Foundation in 1959. This not-for-profit foundation operates and cares for the Garland Memorial Park and Mills Cemeteries, which had been abandoned by their original developers.

Cecil’s daughter, Dorothy Ruth Williams Woods, was associated with the business many years, becoming one of the first licensed female embalmers in the State of Texas after her graduation from the Dallas School of Embalming. She continued until her daughter was born in 1947. Dorothy was a graduate of Garland High School, the Oleta Hockaday Girls School, Texas Christian University, and the Dallas School of Embalming.

Marion's sons, M. D. Williams, IV; D. Cecil Williams, II; and J. Kyle Williams joined the company over time, and each worked many years earning their way into the management of the company.

On June 17, 1999, M. D. Williams, IV passed away. Cecil and Kyle currently serve as company officers. On July 14, 2008, Marion D. Williams III passed away. D. Cecil Williams II currently serves as President and, J. Kyle Williams serves as Vice-President. Justin D. Williams serves as treasurer and D. Craig Williams serves as secretary.

Currently, M.D. Williams IV's son, D. Craig Williams, and D. Cecil Williams II's son, Justin D. Williams, and daughters, Whitney L. Williams and Alexandra C. Williams are working as the fifth generation in Williams' 127-year-old family business.[end]
Crematory: yes

Cemetery: yes

Chapels: 1 large chapel; 4 family rooms

Address of Funeral Home:
1600 S. Garland Ave
Garland, TX

Website: [Web Link]

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