Glenn A. Williams

Smethport - Glenn A. Williams, 97, of Smethport, passed away Saturday (December 4, 2021) at his residence, with his loving family by his side.


He was born June 4, 1924 in Johnsonburg, the son of Frank and Ethel (Anderson) Williams. On June 3, 1950, in Farmers Valley, he married the love of his life, Rhea Mae Martin, who survives.  She had been by his side for 71 years.


Glenn joined the U.S. Army in 1943, during WWII.  His action started at Normandy and into Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and through Central Europe.  He was wounded in Belgium in 1944, and received a Purple Heart.  He was honorably discharged in 1945, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 5 Bronze Stars, and World War II Victory Medal.


Glenn worked at Dresser of Bradford for 38 years, retiring in 1986.  After his retirement, he was caretaker for Rose Hill Cemetery in Smethport.  He also worked at the former Indian Echo Golf Course in Port Allegany. 


He enjoyed hunting, cutting firewood, bowling, playing cards, “Happy Hour”, making potato candy at Christmas, drinking coffee and eating lots of cookies, listening to Blue Grass and Country music, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

One son:  Ted Williams of Smethport

Two daughters:  Sharon Work of Cyclone and Tina (Dick) Linane of Gifford

Eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren

One brother:  Norman Williams of Cyclone

Two sisters:  Lila McLaughlin of Cyclone and Dorothy Manning of Arizona

and many nieces and nephews


He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant son, Francis E. Williams, six brothers: Melvern, Wally, Bob, Jim, Donny and John, three sisters, Violet, Luella and Audrey, one daughter-in-law, Mary DeCarlo, and one son-in-law, Delmar Leroy Work.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 11AM-1PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport, where funeral services will begin at 1PM with the Rev. B.J. Simms, pastor of the Free Christian Evangelical Church, officiating.   Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Farmers Valley.  Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.