Ken Williams

Ken Williams, 60, of Malvern died Tuesday, April 26, 2022. He was born April 6, 1962, in Fort Smith, AR, the son of Juanita Evelyn Williams. Ken was the group’s manager and a teacher at Malvern High School, where he had been for 32 years. Ken began his first year at the Gravette School District, then spent five years at the Prairie Grove School District. He was a member of Phi Beta Mu and ASBOA, where he served on the ASBOA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2017 and served as President from 2016 to 2017. He has currently served on the Executive Advisory Board of ASBOA since 2017. From 1992 to 1997, Ken served as a member of the ABA board of directors and president from 1996 to 1997. He has also served as a jury member at various ASBOA regional assessments (walking, concert, solo and ensemble) . He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday School superintendent and choir member and was a member of the Hot Springs Community Band. Besides his mother, Ken is predeceased by his brother, Jerry Williams and his niece, Julie Ann Olivella.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Cindy Cagle Williams; son, Grant Cagle Williams (Emily) of Lono; daughter, Grace Ann Church (Wil) of Springdale; brother, Harry Williams (Mitzi) of Fayetteville; grandson, Wallace Williams; brother-in-law, David Cagle of St. Charles, AR; sister-in-law, Lynelle Thompson (Joe) of Texarkana, AR; nephews, Clint Cagle, Drew Thompson (Mallory) and Brady Williams; niece, Kelli Jo Thompson; great-nephews, Ethan Olivella, Graham Thompson and Cameron Don Thompson and a host of friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Regency Funeral Home.

Services will be held Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Brother Carroll Koon and Brother Eli Maynard officiating. Interment will follow at Oakridge Cemetery. The bearers will be Clint Cagle, Drew Thompson, Brady Williams, Randy Graham, Claude Smith and Robert Hesse. Honorary bearers will be his fellow band directors for many years, the ASBOA Board of Directors, the American Band Directors Association and Bryan Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church’s Operation Christmas Child.

Arrangements are by Regency Funeral Home. You can sign the guestbook at

Posted on April 29, 2022

Posted in Southwest Times Record

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