Joshua Gaylan "Josh" Williams, 33, of Clarksburg, passed away Dec. 7, 2013, at his residence
He was born in Grafton on Dec. 8, 1979, a son of Timothy Paul Williams of Clarksburg and Francine Renee Sigley Williams of Fairmont.
Also surviving are his step-mother, Antoinette "Toni" Marascio Williams, and his mother's companion, Corey Alan Reynolds.
Josh is survived by his wife, Mara Elizabeth Dornblazer Williams, whom he married Oct. 2, 2010.
Also surviving Josh are his sister, Staff Sgt. Hilary Ann Williams of Bridgeport; twin nieces, Sydney Phillips and Gracen Phillips, to whom he was a father figure; his father-in-law, John Paul Dornblazer and his wife, Marsha; paternal grandparents, Robert and stepgrandmother, Barbara Williams; maternal grandmother, Zella Sigley; and maternal stepgrandmother, Maria Marascio.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Rose Ella Musser.
Josh was a 1999 graduate of Robert C. Byrd High School, where he designed the marker at the wilderness pond. He was a fourth generation jeweler with Williams Jewelers and was pursuing gemological studies through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He was a master jeweler at the bench specializing in jewelry design, setting of fine gem stones, and crafting of custom design jewelry. He most recently completed an insignia design for Hogs and Heroes Foundation for the benefit of Wounded Warriors Project and fallen first responders being used nationwide.
He served our country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army with the 172nd Stryker Brigade, having been deployed in 2005 for a year in Mosul, Iraq, and six months in Baghdad, Iraq. He was presented an accommodation of Heroism. He was awarded the following: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge-Mechanic. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Fairmont Post 629. He recently was planning a retreat with the Wounded Warrior Project of which he was also a member. He also served in the West Virginia National Guard.
Josh was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church and currently attending Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
He was an expert marksman and an avid hunter. He loved his rescue dogs, Logan, Nucky, Heidi, Stryker and Piper.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Josh's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.
Family and friends may call at Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison St. in Nutter Fort, today from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home Friday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery where full military graveside rites will be accorded.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com. A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.