Monty Paul Williams, Jr.
Published June 12, 2013 9:00am by
Monty Paul Williams, Jr., 57, died June 7, 2013 in Lubbock. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Seminole with Dr. Jim Miles of Ft. Stockton officiating. Services are under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at Ratliff Funeral Home of Seminole.
Monty was born on March 30, 1956 in Seminole to Mamie and Monty P. Williams, Sr. He graduated from Seagraves High School in 1974 and Texas Tech University in 1979, with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. He worked for the Lubbock County Health Department for several years and kept many close friends in Lubbock. Monty returned to Gaines County to operate the family farm and ranch after the passing of his father. He spent his childhood and most of his adult life in Gaines County where his father Monty, Uncles Cawthon and Jiggs Williams and their grandfather Andy Williams, Sr., started the family’s historic ranch in 1905 and established farming roots and a profoundly close relationship with the community.
From the time he was a young man through his adult years, Monty enjoyed spending time on his ranch in Gaines County and the cabin in Ruidoso, New Mexico. He was an avid reader and had a passion for keeping up with current events and engaging in lively discussion with close friends and family. His friends called him a master of Texas Trivia. He was a fanatic storm chaser enjoying the thrill of the hunt. He was a private person but was known by all for his trustworthy character and honest dealings, both personally and professionally. Throughout his life, he consistently demonstrated an unequivocal loyalty to those that were close to him. While Monty was known for being extremely frugal, he was quite generous with causes that were meaningful to him and his family.
Monty had a wide range of interests: historical, scientific, artistic and musical and remained close to Texas Tech University and various museums throughout the High Plains area. He was active member and supported the Seagraves-Loop Museum and Art Center. While growing up, one of his favorite pastimes was hunting arrowheads on the family land. In his younger days he competed in chili cook-offs in Texas and New Mexico and was quite successful. He loved road trips and had many adventures in the Texas Hill Country, the Big Bend area and throughout New Mexico. He always knew the best places to eat in every small town! He was always scouting for good ranch land with running water and enjoyed the wildflowers of Texas when in full bloom.
One of his proudest moments was in 2006 when the Williams Ranch and Farms was honored and certified by the Family Heritage Program at the State Capital for "the ranch being maintained in continuous agricultural operation by the same family for 100 years.”
Monty was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, aunt, uncles, cousins and several close friends.
He is survived by his sister, Carol Williams of Amarillo; cousin Jim Williams of Gatesville and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many wonderful friends especially Brenda Neckels of Odessa.
Monty and Carol want to especially thank David and Anna Knelson, John and Susan Knelson and the Biz Houston family for their dedication and commitment to our farming and ranching operations for over 25 years. We are grateful for their friendship and care of Monty during his recent illness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Monty’s memory to Seagraves-Loop Museum and Art Center, TTU Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbockor the First Presbyterian Church of Seminole.