A Celebration of Life service for Ivan and Adina Williams will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, October 26 at the Burdick Center, 1100 SE 9th, Pryor. Reception immediately following at MidAmerica Expo Center 526 Airport Rd at Hwy 69 S. Pryor.
In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging their friends and family to give to one of the following charities that Ivan and Adina loved and supported:
BARHD (Bushenyi Alliance for Rural Health & Development) P.O. Box 702008 - Tulsa, OK 74170
Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America: 4295 S. Garnett Road - Tulsa, OK 74146
Womens Outreach of Hope: P.O. Box 455 - Pryor, OK 74362
American Cancer Society: 4110 S. 110th East Ave. - Tulsa, OK 74146
American Red Cross: 400 W. Will Rogers Blvd. - Claremore, OK 74017
Madison County Sheriff's Department P.O. Box 476 Huntsville, AR 72740
Ivan and Adina were born on separate days, different years and had their own childhoods, friends, families and unique memories with their own special people. They each had wonderful, full lives before they were married; it is our goal to honor each of their lives by remembering them first, as individuals, then remembering the beautiful life they made together.
Ivan B. Williams III was born August 21, 1950 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Ivan B. “Chuck” Jr. and Gloria Marie (Martin) Williams. Ivan grew up and attended school in Pryor. He went on to higher education at the University of Arkansas in 1969 and anyone who knew him, knew how much he loved his alma mater. He was an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Omega Omega Chapter. In between the fun and festivities of college life, he managed to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management. After college, he moved to Little Rock and took a job with Pickens Bond Construction as an Estimator, Project Manager and Office Engineer from 1972-1977. During his time with Pickens Bond, he lived in Little Rock, Shreveport and Ft. Worth where he built Dillard’s stores and shopping malls. In 1977, he moved back to Pryor and started his career at Williams Construction in Pryor as the Vice President and took on responsibilities for business development and marketing as well as estimating, purchasing and furnishing preconstruction services and field construction activities.
Ivan married Karen Morgan in 1978 and his first two sons, Ivan B. Williams IV and Barrett M. Williams were born from their union.
Adina Beth Walker was born August 2, 1961, Raleigh, North Carolina to Carl Ray and Lenora “Sue” Walker. Adina grew up and attended school in Collinsville where she graduated from high school in 1979. She was known as one of the prettiest girls in school, but her friends would say the best she had to offer came from the inside. She was a loving and giving person, happy and always smiling. She attended college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Her first job out of college was at Bob Hawks Photography in Tulsa. It was here that she learned her love of photography while working as his assistant; she often talked about this being the most favorite job she ever had. Later, she worked for American Airlines in Tulsa as a ticketing/gate agent then she became a travel agent at Star Travel in Tulsa. This could have been her most valued job due to the fact that she would meet her future husband through her co-worker, Ivan’s younger sister. Adina became an instant mom to Ivan B., age 9, and Barrett, age 6, and soon two more Williams boys, Martin Scott and Christopher Carlton were added to make this family complete.
Of all the things in their life, family was the most important. Besides family, the Williams also had another passion and it was for community. The entire Williams’ family and the Williams Construction family have, for many years, provided invaluable leadership and support for our community. Their generosity, compassion, and love for Pryor reach far beyond our town's borders. The Williams’ believed giving back to their community is simply a way of life, which is embarked upon each day. You would be hard pressed to find a non-profit or youth organization in which they did not have a hand. Ivan and Adina were especially involved in educating and mentoring not only youth, but also struggling adults. To say the Williams led a full, busy and active life would be an understatement, but they also managed to find time for one another. Of all the places they have traveled the world, two of their favorites were Nantucket and Uganda. In 2008, they visited Uganda with BAHRD, Bushenyi Alliance for Rural Health and Development, where they helped build fresh water wells, gave mosquito nets out to village people and visited children at schools where they passed out candy and soccer balls.
Faith was also an important part of their life, they were past members of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church where they gave much of their time for many years and more recently attended the First United Methodist Church in Pryor.
The joy this couple brought to their family, friends and community will be missed greatly, but the impact they had on the lives of those they leave behind will be remembered forever.
They are survived by four sons: Ivan B. Williams IV and partner Keith Bohannon of Denver Colorado, Barrett M. Williams and wife Nicole of Portland, Oregon, Martin Scott Williams of Pryor and Christopher Carlton Williams of Fayetteville, AR; one granddaughter Audrey Elizabeth Williams of Portland; Ivan’s mother Gloria Williams of Tulsa; Ivan’s siblings Becky Vandervoort and husband Nick of Pryor, Charley Williams and wife JoEllen of Pryor and Mariel McGehee and husband Michael of Grove; Adina’s siblings Tim Walker and wife Anita of Claremore and Melissa G.(Walker) Albright and husband Ricky of Lake Martin, AL. and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Ivan was preceded in death by his father and Adina by her parents.