Norman E. Williams

July 7, 1944 ~ July 22, 2020 (age 76)


Norman E. Williams, known to family and friends as "Norm,” passed away on July 13, 2020. He had just turned 76.

Norm was born in Willows, California to Floyd Loren and Flora May (Jeri) Williams. He was the third of their three sons, preceded by Loren Thomas (Tom) and Gerald Edwin (Jerry).

Norm attended Bayliss School and Glenn County High School (now Willows HS) where he was known as a multi-talented athlete and spirited inspirer of mischief with his buddies Willie Love and Cliff Sheehan. This led to Norm's true excellence in not only storytelling, but his knack for creating stories.

The story goes that Norm moved on from Willows to work his way through school at the California State University, Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s in business. He also married Joyce Gonter around this time. After a divorce a few years later, Norm roamed the Southwest and Midwest tending bar and honing his engaging cowboy spirit along the way. He hung his hat with family in Tulsa for a spell and moseyed on back to California in the late 1970s.

Norm could be found hunting pheasant with brother Jerry and Dutch (Norm's dog) or fly fishing with buddies up and down California, but he kept his precise whereabouts close to the vest until he eventually met the love of his life, Geraldine Scott (Gerrie), in 1989.

Gerrie and Norm built their life together bringing love, laughter, and libation to family and friends.  They homesteaded in Walnut Creek, and Norm tended his friendships with coffee buddies, barkeeps, and wait staff around town.  Even "Buddy" the crow knew to look out for one of his hats.

Norm fulfilled his dream of building a cabin in Shasta County in 2008, and he and Gerrie began to enjoy the calm of the country life but split their time in the city as Norm enjoyed working and loved to bring delight to his customers.

Norm and Gerrie recently moved to Winters, California to fully enjoy retirement.

He is survived by Geraldine Scott, his fiancée of 30+ years, his five nephews and their wives; Scott (Pamela), Mark (Christine), Mike (Teresa), Lance (Lauren), and Thomas along with his cherished grandnephews and grandnieces.

A graveside service for close family will be held in McArthur, California and a celebration of life will be announced when circumstances permit. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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