The legendary voice of rodeo, James Douglas “Doug” Williams passed away April 29, 2021 at the age of 84. He was born October 24, 1936 at home in Tom, Oklahoma, the son of Guy and Delta Williams.
Doug was a Vocational Agriculture instructor in McCurtain County for many years. His teaching greatly impacted the lives of many FFA students in the county that he carried to livestock shows and other events.
Doug began his rodeo career in 1960 when he announced his first rodeo at Waldron, Arkansas for Clyde Crenshaw. He continued his career for the next fifty years, announcing a total of sixty-four finals, including, OYRA, IFR, CRA-UPRA, CSRA-CRRA and the Little Britches Finals. In 2010, he officially hung up his mic after announcing the Rough Stock Finals in Bogota, Texas for Wing Ranch Rodeo. His voice still lingers in the ears of each and every rodeo spectator who ever heard him announce. There was no other like him. In 2019 he was inducted into the UPRA Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Shannon Williams and daughter, Jacki Galloway.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Greg Prock of Purcell, Oklahoma, Jody and Roy Mack of Waukomis, Oklahoma, Jyme Kay Wilson of Jenks, Oklahoma; son, Bo Williams of Idabel; grandchildren and spouses, Jayce and Jamie Prock, Jordyn and Justin Robinson, Seth Herren, Brock and Kayli Herren, Regan Herren, Mason Davis, Kale Davis, Matt and Amber Galloway, Kayci and Chad Halcombe, Chani and Toby Bean; thirteen great-grandchildren; sister, Patsy Bennett of Richmond, Texas; special friend, Beth Largin; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and an immeasurable number of friends, cowboys and cowgirls.
Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at the Clardy Funeral Service Chapel.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the Bypass Church of Christ in Idabel with John Purviance officiating. Interment will follow in the Denison Cemetery.
~Happy Trails…..Til we meet again……
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