Sgt. Jorden Thomas Williams, 25, of North Pole, Alaska passed away Wednesday (January 2, 2019) while stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Jorden was born November 7, 1993 in Zanesville and was the son of Tiffany (Keith) Hayes Arnold of Byesville and Samuel (Stephanie Church) Williams II of Cambridge.
Jorden, a military working dog handler with the 549th Military Working Dog Detachment, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Fort Wainwright, joined the Army from Cambridge, Ohio, in December 2013. He was assigned to Fort Wainwright in November 2014 and had deployed to Qatar from September 2015 to May 2016 and to Afghanistan from June 2017 to February 2018. His awards included the Army Commendation Medal with “C” device to denote which was awarded for his actions in a combat situation, two Army Commendation Medals, a Good Conduct Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a NATO Medal and a Combat Action Badge. He was a member of The Legacy Church in New Philadelphia. He was a 2012 graduate of Meadowbrook High School where he was involved in cross country, FFA and basketball. Jorden enjoyed fishing and was an avid Steelers fan; Jorden will always be remembered for his contagious smile as well as for being a doting big brother, grandma’s boy and a proud member of the U.S. military.
Preceding Jorden in death was his maternal grandfather Michael Hayes.
In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife Christie (Dickinson) Williams whom he married June 28, 2018; siblings, Kaid and Mylee Arnold of Byesville, Hunter Williams of Cambridge, Noah Mitchell of Cambridge, Paige Cooley, 2nd Lt. Army, and Elizabeth Mitchell of Columbus. Grandparents, Sam and Dixie Williams of Byesville, Tina and Jeff Houston of Zanesville, Connie and Mark King of Zanesville, Jerry and Theresa Arnold of Zanesville, Scott and Roxanne Waddell of Cambridge, David Lagneaux of Cambridge; great grandfather Bill Oliver of Buffalo; great grandmother Margaret Hayes of Zanesville; Mother and Father in law, Debbie and Daniel Diehl of North Canton; sister in law Shanelle Dickinson of North Canton; step-mother Tracy (Lagneaux) Williams of Cambridge; aunts and uncles, Shelly (Tony) Hayes, Mikey Hayes, Todd Morgan, Joshua (Amber) Hayes, Aimee (David) Hayes, Mike (Amanda) Arnold, Renee (Dave) Eppley, Lynn (Jeff) Garrison, Kyle, Marcus and Matthew King; several very special great aunts, uncles and cousins; his K9 partner TTebow; four dogs, Odin, Ve’, Ember and Valak.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Stop Nine Church of Christ where services will be 12:00 p.m. Monday with Pastor Tommy Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, F.O.P Lodge #136 Canine Fund, 601 Southgate Parkway, Cambridge, Ohio 43725 or the Jerry Dragosin F.O.P. Lodge #10, K-9 Fund, 814 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, Ohio 43725.