1955 – 2004

NORWAY – Kenneth Franklin Williams Sr., 48, of Oxford and Loudon, N.H., died Saturday, Feb. 7, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Oxford on Feb. 23, 1955, the son of Everett Sr. and Lena Erving Williams. He attended school in Oxford and at Edward Little High School in Auburn.

He worked for more than 30 years as a construction worker for Bob Bahre, working at Oxford Plains Speedway and also helping to build the New Hampshire International Speedway.

He married Brenda H. Strout on Sept. 1, 1973.

He was a member of the Maine Country Music Association. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time. Mr. Williams was an avid stock car fan throughout his life, and was described as a “NASCAR Extremist.” He was both a driver and had worked at Oxford Plains Speedway over the years. His family will always remember him fondly letting everyone know that “everybody works on race weekend,” and that they were all proud to do it. Known to many as simply “Williams,” he was well known as a crazy eight driver at Oxford Plains. He was called “Oh-no” for his crowd pleasing race maneuvers.

He also was a mentor to his children and many other kids in the Oxford area. He lived almost his entire life in Oxford until he needed to work in Loudon, N.H., building the speedway.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Brenda of Oxford; two daughters, Beverly and her husband Sean Jordan Sr. of Oxford, and Kendra Williams of Oxford; three sons, Kenneth Jr. of Oxford, John Paul Roaix of Oxford, and Jonathan Phillip Roaix of Oxford; three grandchildren, Sean Jordan Jr., Tina M. Jordan, and Gage Jordan, all of Oxford; three brothers, Harry of Turner, James of Auburn, and Gale of Sumner; two sisters, Dale Hall of Oxford, and Francis Williams of Mechanic Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by 18 of his 23 brothers and sisters.

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