I just checked, it looks like John has not taken this down yet or collected the money out of the site yet... please, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO DONATE TO JUSTIN'S FUNERAL FUND! They almost have it paid off..
Also, remember, donations are tax deductible at the end of the year. Even though you missed the chance to donate for this years file, you can still donate now and claim the donation when you file next year! IF that doesn't convince you to donate before it's over with, IDK what will...
Please, help this amazing family pay off their sons funeral costs. It would mean the world to a bunch of people.
Thank you very much and have a blessed night, and a wonderful weekend!
Hey guys! It seems like it has been forever since I have been able to get on here and update! My computer crashed on me and it is so hard to get anything done! I have taken the time to sit and figure it out on my dinosaur tonight so that I can post a message from Justin's dad, John.
"Going to keep this up about 48 more hours then we will turn in what we can, thank you all who have donated so much, if you havent please try and help so we can get this done in justins honor WE CAN DO THIS. I know its been a long hard battle for everyone believe me we understand, SHARE SHARE SHARE if only a little i know justin would be smiling and thanking you, its just on my heart so bad to get this taken care of and i know with all he knew we can pull together and do this
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! We can get $900 in this 48 hour time frame! I KNOW that we can! Please share, donate, and share again!
Thank you to everyone that is so supportive of this wonderful family and thank you to everyone that is so deli gent about sharing this page!
It's been a crazy past few weeks and I regret to say that I have neglected Justin's find since my last post. Christmas and Justin's birthday have since passed. We got SO very close to meeting our goal but it we sill need $940 until our goal is met.
Even after his expenses are paid, this memorial will continue so that any other family, who needs the financial help for a funeral, can recurve it.
There is still a little over $6,000 left to go before Justin's funeral is paid in full.... That figure does NOT reflect this find yet.. We have $1,010 left until the $4,000 goal is met and makes that amount just over $2,000 until paid in full...
"For those of you interested, I want to invite you to a memorial for Sgt Justin Williams today at 4 pm. All of you have been very supportive so I want to send this out that your invited. Gonna be at sunset memorial they will be host remembering our fallen
It says it will take about 30 min.
Thanks everyone we love you. Dad"
(Sunset Funeral Home & Memorial Park is located at 1800 St George Rd, Evansville, IN 47711. You can contact them at (812) 477-5316 for directions)
Remember that you can make donations to the family in several ways..
You can donate at this event (or any other official event)
You can donate through this site
You can call Evansville Firefighters Federal Credit Union at (812)-424-9396 for more information on how to donate to the Justin Williams dedication fund
And you can call Alexander East Chapel at (812) 476-1351 and ask them how you can help pay off his services
The families goal is to have is expenses paid off by Christmas... that's 11 days from now. WE CAN DO THIS!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!
OMGOSH! Just a few dollars away from 75% of the goal! I can honestly say that I didn't expect to get this far when I set the goal! I honestly thought that we MIGHT get halfway to the goal but NEVER did I imagine that we would get THIS close!
Last weekend, the Brigade lost two more soldiers to suicide.
Though we didn't know the two that passed last weekend, It was a rough drill.
December is our drill to have classes. One of those classes is our suicide prevention briefing. But no matter how much they talk to us about prevention suicide, sometimes you just don't know.
No one knew that Justin was suffering as much as he was. He called and talked to his father just an hour before he left the world. He made no indication that he was even feeling down. No one was prepared.
Justin's passing is not unusual. These families are not prepared for the passing of their loved ones. Their loved ones are not prepared to leave the world so abruptly (or that would be an indicator, right?)
Though PTSD related suicides are directly caused from being at war, the government does not always cover the funerals of those soldiers that just can't handle the pain anymore. They are being failed in so many ways and this just adds to the list.
The familes then have to take over that burden, on top of losing their loved ones.
We have the chance to change that burden for one family... Justin's family. We are ALMOST there! We have 2 weeks left until Christmas! We CAN meet this goal! Please please please donate, share, and re share again and again!
Thank you for defending Justin's Memorial Fund! The family appreciates everyone's support! I have removed the posts in question and I will continue to remove any negative posts aimed toward the fund.
I ensure EVERYONE that this is not a fraud page! I have attached Justin's obituary which has the information for the funeral home. If you doubt that this soldiers funeral is still in need of being paid for, please feel free to call them and confirm... or pay the bill off, donate there, call the bank that is listed and donate there.
There is no need to get nasty and upset his family. It is almost their first Christmas without him and then less then a week later is his birthday. Now is not the time to be nasty and negative. Now is the time to be supportive and uplifting.
Thank you again to all who have been defending the fund and Justin's honor. You are all amazing!
Oh wow! I just got off the phone with John and the donations are going amazing!
The total for Justin's services was over $17,000 and they have raised and paid for around $10,000 of that and it has only been a month since Justin's passing.
That is AMAZING! John's goal is to raise enough money to pay for Justin's funeral by Christmas. Wouldn't that be a wonderful gift to his family? Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to show support to the grieving family of a brave man? I think it would.
If everyone could push a little harder these next few weeks, I think that this goal can be met! If we meet our goal 100% then they will only need a little over $3,000 .... can we get the last 44% in 22 days?!?! I think that we can!
Share, share, share!!!
And if you would feel more comfortable donating another way, leave a comment on here asking how and we can let you know! There are TONS of way to donate, not just through this site.
T-dog, please keep your uninformed ignorance off of this page. I will continue to delete every comment that you post until you stop. I am also contacting facebook and the administration of this page and letting them know that you are now harassing a grieving family. You should be ashamed of yourself!
"Ok folks I know i have been putting up just about every day about supporting Sgt. Justin Williams memorial fund on gofundme.com and some of you may be getting tired of seeing it but i have to say this, we did not expect to have this either and we are not rich people by no means and we work hard with more than one job, im only saying this because his soldier brothers and sisters put up this fund and are doing an excellent job and so are the donations for his funeral but i would love to see this goal reached by Christmas. I promised myself along with alot of others we can and will no matter what get this paid down,Justin deserved it and in his honor will have it done. I just want to thank each and every one of you for all the help,love,support that you have shown myself and my family, today will be one month of Justins passing, i am going out to cemetary today to finish paying for his marker to be put on so lets join together today in praying for this to get taken care of as i know Justin would be smiling with his big smile saying thank you. WE CAN AND WILL DO THIS. Thanks again, DAD"
Sorry it's been so long between updates this week. My life has been a crazy one lately and I have not had much computer time! I want to thank everyone again for their continued support towards the Williams Family. We are heading in to a rough season for them. The Holiday's are fast approaching, as is Justin's birthday, and this will be their first year without him.
Please continue to share this page and help them get the funds that they need to pay the bills from laying their son to rest. No family should have this burden on them, especially this family.
Almost half way to the goal! God has blessed the Williams family with so many caring people!
John and the entire family are continuously expressing their gratitude for all of the help and support that our community (and people across the nation thanks to wonderful national sites posting the story!) is showing. No words can express the emotions that I alone feel daily because of you angels and I am just military family, I can only imagine how his blood family feels!
A few people on the national sites have expressed concern that the funds no do not go directly to the Williams family. I want to reassure every one that EVERY cent (after the small percent that the site takes out to keep up this amazing resource) goes DIRECTLY to his family and to his fund. I did set the site up and it verified through my Facebook. I run the site and I send Thank You's out every morning. MR. Williams is the ONLY one that has access to the funds though. I have not set up any account there, that is his deal when he is ready to withdraw the funds. Justin's burial expenses were over $17,000 and our goal does not even begin to touch that. There is another fund set up (at a local bank) and I included that information in an earlier post. I am not sure if you can donate to that one long distance or not but if you are uncomfortable donating to this site, please give them a call and find out!
There is also an account set up at a local bank now!
Justin Williams dedication fund is set up at Evansville Firefighters Federal Credit Union. Call (812)-424-9396 for more information on how to donate through there!
Good Morning and Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served.
Wouldn't today be a WONDERFUL day to fulfill this family's need and show support for the families of those veteran's that have been lost along the way? I think it would!Please donate if you have the means... if you have already donated (or do not have the means to do so) then please share, share, share this page and get as many people to see it as possible. The more people that see the page, the more donations this family will receive!
John continues to thank everyone for the donations that have been received. It is MIND BLOWING to know that ,after only 15 donations, $1,000 dollars has been raised to help support this fallen soldiers family! It is awe inspiring and I can only imagine what more could come from sharing this page with more people!
Today is guaranteed to be hard for the Williams family and I want to take a moment to thank them. It is not just the soldier that sacrifices and serves. The families sacrifice a lot too.
I also want to take a moment to thank Justin personally. If it were not for Justin's service to our country, there would be no need for this site. I would not be sitting here asking for donation to help his family... he would never have gone to Iraq and he would not have seen the things that caused him to suffer from PTSD. But Justin did volunteer to serve our country. He did raise his right hand. He did deploy. He did see the horrible outcome of war. He was silently suffering. And he did all of that, so that YOU and your family,friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc would not be forced to have to do so. He chose to do all of that in a time of war, knowing full well that he would most likely get deployed. And, in the end, years after coming home.... he paid the ultimate price.
God Bless you, Williams Family. And God's Speed, Justin.
Oh! And just in case anyone is wondering. I have set this page up in my name (it forced me to use my name after verifying with Facebook) for the Williams family. John is the ONLY one that has access to the account that the money is going to... so rest assured, the money is ONLY going to his family. I am simply running the site, sending thank yous, and updating the page as needed... a little something to help the family out so that they do not have to deal with technicalities right now.
Oh my word! There is nothing like waking up and seeing so many people helping out this amazing family! I spoke with John yesterday and he is in tears over the amount of support that his family is receiving after losing their son. I can only imagine the shock and pain that he felt when he was told that his sons funeral would not be covered.... and the love and compassion that he feels every time someone donates to help them pay for it. You are all angels sent from Heaven above. 13 donations and over $900 already! WOW! Words can not describe the love that I am feeling from you guys! Thank you all so very much..
Now for the business part...please keep sharing! The more people that see the page (and read the story), the more help that Justin's family receives! Christmas is next month, and even if the goal is met, his family could use the extra money to buy things for his two wonderful children. No amount of toys can replace a father but at least they can maybe take them away from reality for a little bit and give them a reason to smile this Christmas...
THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone that is showing support to help pay for Justin's services! I have been in contact with his father and he is so grateful that people are going out of their ways to help. As a fellow service member, I can only hope and pray that people will show the same compassion towards my family if something were to ever happen to me.
From the bottom of all our hearts. Thank you and God bless you all!
Sgt Justin C. Williams lost his battle with PTSD on Sunday November 3, 2013. His family found out that his expenses would not be covered since he was no longer in service and he did not have any civilian life insurance. His family is in need of donations to help cover his funeral and burial costs.
Any leftover money will be used to help raise his two young children that are now without a father due to this horrible, silent, killer.
Any little bit will help. Thank you very much and God bless you.
Justin C. Williams
Justin C. Williams, 25, of Wadesville, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013. He was born December 31, 1987, in Evansville, to John and Carolyn M. (Shadrick) Williams, Jr.
He was a member of the Indiana Army National Guard for seven years and a US Army Veteran serving with the 163rd in Iraq from December 2007 to December 2008. He was a member of Ironworkers Local #103 and attended Destiny of Faith Community Church. He was a member of the Order of Saints Motorcycle Club and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He was an outdoors man and enjoyed fishing and driving around in his car. He was a good father and was a family man.
Justin was preceded in death by his niece, Abigail Williams.
He is survived by his son, Malikye Hayden Williams; daughter, Kinley Rae Williams; parents, John and Carolyn Williams of Wadesville; sisters, Stephanie Brown and Janetta Skelton, both of Evansville; brother, Stephen Williams of Wadesville; fiancé, Leah Simpson of Boonville; and nieces, Breanna Williams, Launa Skelton, Kyrsten Williams and Katie Williams.
Services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Alexander East Chapel, officiated by Rev. Everett Freels, Rev. Michael Pfohl and Rev. Nathan Whisnant, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park. The Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans Memorial Club and the Indiana Army National Guard will perform Military Honors at the cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/courierpress/obituary.aspx?n=justin-c-williams&pid=167873333&#sthash.WDMOahOt.02ZLqI9c.dpuf
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