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Virgil Lynn Williams

Virgil Lynn Williams

Virgil Lynn Williams

Lynn Williams, 83, passed away on 17 July 2018, in his Amarillo home due to natural causes with his wife Jeri at his side.

Lynn was born in Plainview, Texas on 5 October 1934 as the youngest child of Mark Byars and Thelma Clark Williams: Sister Patsy Louise (Huff) Williams and Brother Gordon Raymond Williams.

He moved with his family to Canyon, Texas to be with his mother’s family (Judge Dallas Clark) after the premature death of his father Mark the year of his birth (1934). His mother subsequently married Floyd Brasher and their family grew with a Step-Brother, Jimmy Brasher and Step–Sister, Carolyn Brasher

Lynn grew up in Canyon graduating from Canyon High School in 1953.

He was a recognized running back and defensive back for the CHS Eagles 1A Football Team(s) from 1949-1953 and member of the 1949-1950 Eagles State Basketball Championship Team  as a freshman.

Lynn married Nora Dell Ruthart, daughter of Ralph Edward and Helen Anita Ruthart of Canyon in September 1953. Nora Dell passed away in 1981.

After his loss of Nora Dell and Jeri’s loss of her husband Don Britain, (Both within two months of each other), Jeri and Lynn became reacquainted thru mutual friends.

Lynn and Jeri married in July 1982. After both retired, they spent years playing golf and traveling all over the U.S. with cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska.

They have resided in Amarillo since 1983 and are members of the Hillside Christian Church of Amarillo.

Lynn is remembered by all as a “Jack of All Trades” and “Master of All.” He was a quiet, reserved, non-boasting gentleman and a dedicated Christian Man.

He was an inventor, business owner, and supported various community endeavors in Canyon including the FBC of Canyon, BSA Troop 66, Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball.

Lynn was a partner of and owned several construction companies ultimately establishing Ruthart and Williams Inc. providing painting and other construction service(s) with major projects across the Panhandle and New Mexico along with most of the significant construction projects at WT A&M in the 1960s and 70s.

He submitted several patent applications and in July 1978 with his business partner, Crawford Ruthart, was granted a U.S. Patent for a machine he coined “The Vinotron” that dispensed, measured, coated and cut sheet materials primarily for high-end Commercial Construction Projects across the United States and Canada.

Ruthart and Williams Inc. manufactured hundreds of Vinotron(s) and sold them to contractors from 1978 until they sold the business in 1999.

Vinotron(s) are still in production today and are still proudly branded as “The Vinotron.”

On 11 September 2001 “The indestructible Vinotron” survived the attack on the Pentagon as contractors reported the “The Vinotron” was intact and unharmed in the mist of massive destruction. Vinotron(s) across the country continue to survive long after their owner’s tenure and the business(s) they served.

Other survivors include his son Steven Edward and wife Deborah and their children: Ian Edward and wife Stephanie and Rachel Alese Williams all residing in the DFW area.

Son, Ronnie and wife Lori and their children: Michael Edward and wife Kelli, Matthew Ryan and wife Tiffany and Kristin Nicole Williams all residing in the DFW area.

Daughter, Anita Alese and husband Keith and their children: Nathan Jeffrey and Jeremy David Pantalion all residing in the DFW area.

Jeri’s daughter Terry and husband Cotton and their children:  Ashley Nicole and Madeline “Mady” Elizabeth Warnken all residing in the Seattle, WA area.

Jeri’s daughter Tracy Roos of Amarillo and her son Jett Parker Roos of Amarillo.

Jeri’s son Patrick Britain and wife Carol of Cedar Park, TX.

Six (6) Williams Great Grandchildren:

Michael Edward and wife Kelli: sons and daughter

Ryan Layne, Colton Drake, Jake Bennett and Haley Lynn all of the DFW area

Matthew Ryan and wife Tiffany: daughters

Olivia Lauren and Hadley Clair

Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors 2800 Paramount Blvd Amarillo, TX.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, in Hillside Christian Church West of Amarillo with Greg Corona, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Memorials may be made to Boys Ranch or to Hillside Christian Church.


  • JUDY BRYANT Posted July 17, 2018 9:52 pm

    What a lovely memorial Steve for your beloved father. You all are in my prayers. Love, Judy

  • James & Dortha White Posted July 18, 2018 11:12 am

    Steve we are praying for you as you deal with the loss of your dad.

  • German and Delmy Ustariz Posted July 19, 2018 10:53 am

    Ronnie and Family,
    Our family will keep you in our prayers🙏

  • Joyce Treadway Posted July 20, 2018 8:12 am

    Alese so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. This was a beautiful tribute to him. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Jerry and Barbara Nichols Posted July 21, 2018 6:14 pm

    Jeri and Family, We will miss Lynn and his wisdom, we are so sorry for his passing. You all are in our prayers.
    Jerry and Barbara

  • Karen mason Posted July 22, 2018 7:30 pm

    Alese , I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. Will be chkg on you 🙏🏻.

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