Jory Williams

March 11, 1991 — April 5, 2018

Jory Breck Williams, 27 years old, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, of an accidental prescription overdose. Jory struggled with a 14-year substance abuse addiction coupled with severe mental health issues. He was born March 11, 1991, in St. George to Richard Alan Williams and Jennifer Rae Colpitts. Rick and Jennifer were married in November 1990 in St. George and then divorced September 1991.

A new chapter in Jory’s life began with the marriage of his mother to a new dad, Paul Sandberg Bennett, in June 1992. Jory was sealed to Paul and Jennifer Bennett in December 1995.

In 1996, Jory’s desire for a baby sister was realized when Briana Shaye Bennett was born to Paul and Jennifer. Jory had been asking his parents to “go to the baby store and purchase a baby sister.” Briana came into his world, and he couldn’t have been a better older brother to her. A short four years later, he was rewarded with another sister, Savannah Brooke Bennett, whom he also adored.

Jory attended elementary school at Dixie Downs Elementary until the third grade. Jory moved to Bloomington Hills where he attended Bloomington Hills Elementary. Jory started middle school at Pineview Middle School. Once the new Desert Hills Middle school was completed, he finished middle school there. Jory then attended Desert Hills High school through his senior year but was missing a few credits for graduation. A few years later, Jory realized the importance of having a high school diploma and took courses to gain the necessary credits to obtain his diploma.

Jory was always very good working with his hands, so despite his above average mental acuity, Jory worked mainly in the construction field. It didn’t matter what type of construction job it was, Jory could pick it up easily, although framing was his main interest.

Jory always dreamed of traveling abroad, and this desire motivated him to learn new languages. He became fluent in Spanish, had a love of French, practiced German and any other language books he could obtain.

After a divorce between Jennifer and Paul in 2010, Jennifer then met Aaron Eggleston Cooper. After a short courtship, they married in February 2011, and Jory had this third and final father figure in his life.

Jory is survived by his mother, Jennifer Rae Cooper, Ivins; his fathers: Richard Alan Williams, Kanab, Paul Sandberg Bennett, South Jordan, and Aaron Eggleston Cooper, Ivins. He is also survived by siblings Briana Shaye Bennett, Ivins; Savannah Brooke Bennett, South Jordan; and Devon Williams, Keisha Williams and Ethne Williams all from Kanab, as well as his grandfather, Ross Gregerson, and wife Randie, Apple Valley.

Funeral services

  • Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 14, at the Ivins 5th Ward chapel, 15 N. Main St., Ivins, at 11 a.m. with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • There will also be a viewing Friday, April 13, at Spilsbury Mortuary on 110 S. Bluff St., in St. George from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Graveside services will held in the Pintura Family Cemetery shortly following the funeral on Saturday.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.

For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings please visit Spilsbury Mortuary online.

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1 Comment

  • homer498 April 24, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for your honesty about Jorys cause of death. I have been watching obituaries in the state closely for the last few years as the Opioid crisis began to really start taking lives everywhere; and I can tell you 85-90% of obituaries with very high probability of being overdoses don’t mention it at all. The rest hint at the COD mentioning the deceased struggled with life. I know it must be incredibly difficult for families to address this, but they should. If your relative hid their addiction from you to their end, and family hides it from the public in obituaries, they are just making the problem worse. The public needs to know.

    My condolences.

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