Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Sept. 11 newspaper on Page A6.

WELLSTON — The Wellston OHillCo Festival’s opening ceremonies were held on Wednesday, Sept 4.

During the opening ceremony, Wellston OHillCo Society member John Pelletier had well-known Wellston businessman Tom McWilliams join him the main stage.

McWilliams had been chosen as the 2019 Wellston Ohio Hill Country Festival Grand Marshal. As part of his duties, he had the honor of cutting the opening ceremony ribbon for the 2019 Wellston OHillCo Festival.

McWilliams is a longtime Wellston resident, businessman and community leader. He graduated from Wellston High School in 1979. He attended the University of Rio Grande and later graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

For over 30 years, McWilliams has served Wellston and the surrounding communities in the funeral profession. He is the owner of the McWilliams Funeral Home and the Jackson Monument Company.

Over the years, he has been extremely active in the Wellston community and has held memberships and officer positions in many organizations including: Vice President and Board of Directors Wellston Ohillco Society, President and Board of Directors Wellston Rotary Club, Board of Directors J-Vac Industries Non Profit, Wellston Alumni Association, Jackson County Friends of Public Health, Jackson County Planning Committee, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and served as choir director at Hope United Methodist Church for 15 years.

Most recently, McWilliams has served in a leadership role in the fundraising and acquiring of the new street banners for the City of Wellston as well as the new City Christmas decorations coming to Wellston this year.

He is married to Sharon McWilliams and they have three sons, Josh (Kayla), Alex (Audrey) and Morgan (Amber), as well as eight grandchildren, Annie, Hunter, Isaac, Conor, Braxton, Brayden, Lauren and Hadley.

Outside of the funeral home, Tom enjoys working in the yard, going out to eat, taking long walks with Sharon and most of all, family beach vacations.

In addition to cutting the ribbon, he rode in both the Wednesday and Saturday evening parades held during this year’s festival.

Be sure to visit or look inside this edition to view more photos from the 2019 Wellston OHillCo Festival.

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