Gary Wayne Williams, 80, of Amarillo, died peacefully with family by his side on February 27, 2020.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be a private family gathering in Memory Gardens Cemetery before the memorial service. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd in Amarillo.
Viewing will be from 9:00 A.M.- 8:00 P.M., Friday, February 28, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home
Gary was born on December 1, 1939 in McCamey, Texas to Alice and Al Williams. He is preceded in death by his devoted wife and business partner Debi Williams, his brother Sonny Williams and scores of loyal customers that became a part of his family. Gary was in the barbecue business his whole life starting in the family business at age 16 with Al’s Bar-B-Que in Sunset Center and later with Gary’s Family Bar-B-Que and Deb’s Deli on Western Street. His journey in the barbecue business was documented in Texas Monthly https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/interview-gary-williams-of-garys-bbq/ . Gary and his wife Debi worked along side each other every day of their marriage. Gary’s Bar-B-Que and Deb’s Deli was a gathering place for friends and family. Gary was passionate about barbecue, making all food from scratch, and ensuring that all customers were greeted with a hearty welcoming. When he was not working hard or spending time with his family, Gary could be found on various golf courses throughout the Texas Panhandle playing as many holes as he could squeeze in before sundown while regaling in stories about ole Pete Wiley from Alaska. Whether the tales of Pete Wiley actually took place, we will never know, but the stories grew legs of their own.
He is survived by two daughters, Mindy Cardenas and Kerri Sigler, both of Amarillo; and two sons, Mike Murphy and wife Grace of Arizona and Doug Murphy and wife Kelly of Houston; five grandchildren Ryan Murphy, Concetta Murphy, Wyatt Murphy, Elliott Murphy and Jordan Montoya and husband Eric; and one great-grandchild, Audi Montoya.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Mindy Cardenas and Kerri Sigler for their incredible loving and devoted care for Gary over the past 8 years. The family also extends their gratitude to all the nurses and staff at Amarillo Skilled Nursing and BSA Hospice Care for the care and concern they provided Gary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests people enjoy what really matters in life by spending time with friends and family over a delicious barbecue dinner.