MELBOURNE, Fla. — Joseph O. Williams of Satellite Beach, Fla., formerly of Sharon, was called home to heaven on Sunday morning, March 26, 2006. He was 79.

Born on June 21, 1926, in Sharon, Mr. Williams was a son of Joseph Edward and Abby Mae Hann Williams.

Raised in Sharon, he attended Sharon High School and what is now Youngstown State University.

He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943 and worked as a C-46 flight engineer at Keesler Field, Miss.

After the war, Mr. Williams went to work for the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he met his beloved wife Thelma Nastasy. They married in 1954 and moved to Florida in 1956.

There he was employed by RCA at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., as a design draftsman. He retired in 1988.

As a young man with a God-given voice, Mr. Williams sang his entire life, appearing in high school minstrels, church choirs and choruses and hometown variety shows. He formed the well-known barbershop quartet named Keystone Quads, and toured cross-country after placing second in the international competition of 1951.

In Florida, he performed with the Brevard Light Opera Association. Musicals in which he performed included lead roles in Student Prince, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. Throughout the years, he sang in local churches, spreading God’s word through music and song.

Mr. Williams led an enjoyable life with his family and was an avid toy train collector.

He is survived by: his three children, Gayle Topp and Jeanette Boasci, both Melbourne; and Jeff Williams, Jacksonville; and five grandchildren, Laura, Lindsey and Christopher Topp; and Ryan and David Williams.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, on March 1, 2001; a sister, Martha Maine; a half sister, Florence Wilson; and a half brother, Harold Shook.

WILLIAMS

Joseph O., 79, Satellite Beach, Fla., formerly of Sharon.

Calling hours: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday (4-1-06) in FLORIDA MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 5950 S. U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge, Fla.

Service: Funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (4-2-06) in Trinity Presbyterian Church, 638 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.

Burial: Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge.

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