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Willaims Funeral Procession 02.15.20 (MO)


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Dozens of tow truck drivers will lead procession Saturday after funeral for Springfield tow truck driver


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Dozens of tow trucks will participate in a funeral procession Saturday for a driver killed after he was struck on U.S. 65 in Springfield.


Timothy Williams, an Affordable Towing driver, died February 7 after another driver hit him during a call. He was 55-years-old.


Visitation is at Greenlawn Funeral Home North on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Family and friends will remember Williams Saturday at a memorial at Freedom City Church on Division Street at noon. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.


A procession for the family and tow trucks will be after the funeral from the church to Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

“Heavy” tow truck drivers arriving are asked to park along the outside lane of westbound Commercial Street, north of Division. There is also on-street parking on northbound Boonville south of Division. “Light or Medium” tow truck drivers arriving Saturday are asked to park in the east parking lot at Cox North (Benton and Division).


The procession route will then go west on Division to West Bypass. The trucks will then travel south on W. Bypass to James River Freeway (U.S. 60) and head east. The route will then travel to U.S. 65 and head north to I-44. Trucks will then head west on I-44 to Glenstone and take that north to Valley Water Mill and Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Drivers are asked not to enter the cemetery, but to have an alternative plan to turn and head back to I-44 or Norton Road.

MoDOT released these maps below.









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Tow Truck Drivers to Lead Funeral Procession for Slain Driver


The funeral procession for a tow truck driver killed when a driver drove off the road and struck him will be lead by his colleagues.

Timothy Williams, 55, was killed on February 7, 2020 while attempting to load a vehicle onto his tow truck. Christopher Rice was driving a vehicle that left the roadway and struck Williams while he was next to the truck, killing him.

A driver with Affordable Towing, Williams was beloved among his co-workers both with Affordable Towing and other companies. Several of those drivers will be leading the processional for Williams after a Saturday memorial.

The memorial will take place at noon at Freedom City Church, located at the corner North Broadway and West Division. The procession will then take place from the church to Williams’ final resting place at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

According to organizers of the procession, light and medium service trucks should stage at the Cox North Hospital parking lot. Heavy trucks and rotators are to park in legal parking areas along North Booneville south of Division.

Drivers who wish to honor Williams by participating in the procession can contact Mike Phillips at Affordable Towing at 417-848-9764 or Ruben James Carver at 417-599-6731.



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