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Argus Patterson (Pat) Williams Jr, age 72

Argus Patterson (Pat) Williams, Jr., 72, of Lonoke, Ark. died peacefully at his home in Lonoke, AR, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, surrounded by family following a long, courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 W. Main Street, Jacksonville AR 72076 on December 3, 2022 at 2pm.

Pat was born in Greenville, MS on June 23, 1950 to Argus Patterson (Pat) Williams, Sr. and Emily Ruth Brown Williams. He was a 1969 graduate of Greenville High School where he played and lettered with the Hornets football team. He went on to Mississippi Delta Junior College where he played for the Trojans on a football scholarship then transferred to Delta State College where he was majoring in physical education. Pat was a proud Eagle Scout having earned the rank while a member of Troop 50.

Pat began his life-long career centered around the Mississippi River right after high school when he went to work as a deckhand with Weather’s Towing in Greenville, MS., where he was employed during the summer throughout college. He eventually obtained his towboat pilot’s license. He later moved to Memphis and worked at the Economy Boat Store stocking boats and transporting crew members. A move to St. Louis continued his river career with Marine Loss Control and Wisconsin Barge Line. He eventually began working as a legal marine investigator with Thompson Coburn LLC. He later relocated to Lonoke, AR and continued his work as an independent investigator for the towing industry. He never really retired.

From an early age Pat enjoyed hunting, especially deer, elk, mule deer and duck. As an adult, he accompanied his father and family friends on elk hunting trips to Montana. He continued to duck hunt all his life with his boys and enjoyed hunting, not only in favorite duck holes around the Delta, but in the Mississippi River as well. During the past few years, he joined his cousins for duck hunting trips to Nebraska.

Pat loved spending time with his family, camping, NASCAR, making several trips to Talladega to see the races in person, his dogs and his white cowboy hat. He never left home without it.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Greenville, MS.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie Barlow Williams of Lonoke; sons Todd Williams of Brighton, IL; Brent Williams (Kelly) of Columbia, MO; He was known as “Big” to his grandchildren Olivia Jansan Williams of Columbia, MO; Riley Williams of Brighton, IL; He is also survived by his sisters, Anne Williams Vetrano (Bill) of Rosedale, MS; Amy Williams Burton (Keith) of Brandon, MS; aunts Eugenia Sargent of Carlsbad, TX; Tessa Cooper (Frank) of Sturgis, MS; uncles Leland Lanford (Chris) of Ocean Springs, MS; Ray Lanford (Heidi) of Olive Branch, MS; Charles Lanford (Kay) of Greenville, MS; a niece and three nephews.

Pat’s body has been donated to the Genesis Foundation for cancer research.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to Ways to Give – Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Donna Shutes Posted November 9, 2022 8:07 AM

    Prayers to his family

  • Karen Ansell Posted November 9, 2022 8:23 AM

    Rest In Peace, Big.

  • Dot Janoush Posted November 9, 2022 8:27 AM

    Pat will be greatly missed. Such a fun person to talk with on any subject. He loved life, his family, and stayed busier than anyone I know.

  • Janet Odom Harrigan( Williams) Posted November 9, 2022 9:53 AM

    “ Failure is not an option”. How many times has his family and friends heard this? That simple statement kind of defined who Pat was. Strong, determined and facing life’s battles straight on. Pat was one of a kind, for sure. Even to the end days. He surprised us all with his quick wit and ability to shock you and make you laugh. There are his named survivors, but so many more who will have a huge hole in their lives because Pat isn’t there anymore. One of the last things Pat said to me was, “I will be up there watching over you”. I think he will watch over all of his family and friends. That’s who Pat was. Larger than life and a fighter until the end. I thank him for almost 50 years of laughter, memories, love, friendship and so many “Pat” stories still to be told. Fly high Big, and don’t forget to save us all a spot at the table up there!

  • Ken Laney Posted November 9, 2022 10:17 AM

    RIP, my ole buddy. May God bless and strengthen your family. Till we meet again!

  • Pam and Phil Gipson Posted November 9, 2022 2:43 PM

    Pat was a true original, one of a kind. I had the privilege of working with him for several years. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathies to Pat’s family.

  • D’anna Maxwell Posted November 9, 2022 3:58 PM

    Pat was my brother in law. I’m going to miss him. I always made him pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving . I won’t be making one this year. All my love.💕

  • Ronl campbell Posted November 9, 2022 4:21 PM

    Rest in peace e my good friend

  • Jan Ringkamp Posted November 9, 2022 4:43 PM

    Pat was such a larger than life guy. I worked at Thompson Coburn and remember him fondly. RIP Pat.

  • Lori Wasbutsky Posted November 10, 2022 2:48 PM

    Pat was a great man. He never looked like an investigator which allowed him to fit right in with anyone. I don’t think you ever met a stranger. He was a good friend and I know we all will miss him.

  • Joshwa fritz and family Posted November 10, 2022 3:18 PM

    We only knew you a short time but your wisdom and strength will carry on in your buddy josh he still will hold your teachings and give them to his children rip sir your missed for sure

  • Beki Morgan Posted November 10, 2022 9:39 PM

    A good man and a loyal friend. He will be greatly missed.

  • Elaine Smith Posted November 11, 2022 1:06 PM

    My special brother-in-law I will miss you💕

  • Mark Lawrence Posted November 14, 2022 8:49 AM

    As a friend from Indiana, I enjoyed a few NASCAR races with Pat and his family. He will be greatly missed and was always the life of the camp. What a gentlemen! RIP Pat!

  • Robert Bryant Posted November 28, 2022 11:06 AM

    Looking up to you as a young kid never let down never let up you always had a place for me getting to play ball with you in the river tournament and all the fun times we had you will be missed by all I know you are watching over us all now me and your boys will carry on the traditions in the out doors with Mr. riley I think you know one thing I learned from you never quit never back down and always be a gentleman until we see each other again rest high on that mountain your work here is done

  • Rick & Mimi Sackman Posted November 29, 2022 8:18 AM

    Lifting you up, Pat. Prayers to your loved ones who will miss you here on earth. You will forever hold a special place in Rick’s heart and mine as well. You will be with us in Dega every Spring. Rest in beautiful peace.

  • Terri Hack Posted December 1, 2022 8:02 AM

    My heart is sadden with the news of Pat’s death. A long time ago he and his family were our neighbors. We all became one big family. Those times will forever be a part of my family. I’m sure that Pat and Jerry will be watching over all their families as they tell old stories and enjoy some “whistle jack”. Rest in peace old friend. Prayers to all his family and friends who will miss him dearly.

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