Norris Braxton “Gooder” McWilliams

Norris Braxton “Gooder” McWilliams, age 83, of Heidrick, died Sunday, May 6, 2018 at his home.  He was a son of the late Joseph and Lelia Yeager McWilliams, born to them on June 29, 1934 on Long Branch in Cannon, Kentucky.

He was a Member of the Heidrick Holiness Church, and was a well known Builder and Construction Worker with the United Construction Company, and later after his retirement he worked as a self employed Construction worker.

On May 18, 1963, he united in marriage to Joyce Vivian Hembree, and to this union three children: Elisha, Mary Jane and Norris Jeffrey were born.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife: Joyce Vivian Hembree McWilliams on May 7, 2013;  his twin grandchildren: Matthew and Emily;  his two brothers: Johnny McWilliams and Charles McWilliams; his three sisters: Josephine Mills, Mary Locklard and Betty McHargue;  his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Harvey and Anna “Dutch” Davidson Hembree; his sister-in-law: Diann Hembree Baker Johnson; his four brothers-in-law: Earl Mays, Lee Henson, Jerry McHargue and John Locklard; and by a special nephew: Ronnie Mills.

Gooder is survived by his loving family: his children: Norris Jeffrey McWilliams of Heidrick; Elisha Havens and Doug Broughton of Heidrick; and Mary Jane Callihan and husband, Josh of Bimble.  A  nephew who was more like a son:  Rick Mills and wife, Sheila of Bimble.  His God daughters: Tiffany Loveless and Tabitha Frederick.  His grandchildren: Brandon, Yalonda, Kenna, Zach, Anna Beth, Emma Kate, Max, Mia, and Jack.  His great-grandchildren: Ayshia, Millie, Bella, and Ezekiel.  His two sisters: Doris Casey of California, and Faye Henson of Gray.  His sisters-in-law: Janet McWilliams of Louisville, Kentucky and Jeanette Mays of Heidrick.  His brothers-in-law: Stanley “Hoot” Hembree and wife, Faye of Gray, and Dennis Hembree and wife, Sharon of Barbourville; and a host of nieces and nephews, and other relatives.  His special loving Dog Companion: Charlie.  The Family would like to recognize the life time Friends of their father: Faye and Don Hammons and Children; Burchel and Rita Blevins and Children;  and Rex and Judy Carnes and Children.

Funeral Services for Norris Braxton “Gooder” McWilliams will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, May 12. 2018 in the Hopper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William R. “Mann” Cobb, Rev. Donnie “Duke” Hammons and Rev. Sylvester Dunn Officiating.  Burial will follow in the Doolin-Tuggle Cemetery at Heidrick.

Those serving as Pallbearers will be: Family and Friends.

Those serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be: The Heidrick Community; and the Heidrick Holiness Church Family.

The McWilliams family will receive friends at the Hopper Funeral Home after 6:00 P.M. on Friday, and on Saturday after 11:00 A.M. and until the hour of service.

Hopper Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.