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January 12, 2005

Harry and Marsha Williams to be missed…

Our little town is going to have trouble filling all the slots that have been undertaken by Harry and Marsha Williams since they came here from Kingfisher a few years back. They have willingly accepted a number of important duties here, but in just a few days they will be moving to Muskogee where Harry has been assigned to duty by Oklahoma Natural Gas, Co., his employer. We are really going to miss them.

For one thing, Harry entered an off-campus program that led to a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma. At the time he was ONG's local representative, for service, sales and numerous other things, such as lighting furnaces for some of our senior citizens. He did a good job in that respect. The OU program itself was not an easy chore, but he took it on knowing full well the time required to finish the job. In addition to all that, he was an active member of the Perry Rotary Club, and eventually he became president of the local club. Later he was appointed an assistant district governor, the first Perry Rotarian to my knowledge to hold that post. Again, he conscientiously handled the chores implicit in that position.

Meanwhile, Marsha was an active and interested member of the volunteer staff at the Perry Main Street office. She spent many hours there and for a time was chairman of the Design Committee, which had the responsibility of leading the way in many projects. She was a good administrator and chairman. Main Street programs are successful because of the dedication of people like Marsha.

This recitation tells only part of their story. They are good citizens, good parents, and, in short, upstanding members of this community. A few years ago, ONG had an office manager and a full cadre of staff people to handle billing, public relations and the like. In the wake of changes in the economy, they have eliminated the office and its staff, but people like Harry and Marsha have filled the void, remarkably well.

We all wish them well as they relocate to another area, but replacing them as good citizens of the Perry area will not be an easy chore. Good luck to Harry, Marsha and their family as they begin their new endeavors.