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Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home

4216 South Bowen Road, Arlington, TX

OBITUARY

Keith Robert Williams

August 19, 1969June 9, 2019

Keith Robert Williams, age 49 of Arlington, passed away on June 9, 2019. He was born on August 19, 1969 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of Billy and Julia (Grimes) Williams. Keith married Lisa Chapman on February 17, 2005 and they celebrated 15 years of marriage.

Keith was a brilliant child, always interested in science and technology. As he grew up, Keith shared his knowledge with others, teaching classes at the young age of 12, to helping others solve problems, and even making a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. Keith graduated from Berkner High School in Richardson, and attended Texas Tech, and most recently worked for Tenaska, Inc. as a security control administrator. In his spare time, Keith enjoyed leather working, sports cars, making and flying drones, and shooting. Keith’s greatest time was spent with his family and friends, all of whom will miss his smile and sense of humor.

Keith is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughters Amberlie Elisabeth and wife Jordan Danielle Savell; Kelcee Mishell and husband David Jeffrey Gannon; Aunt and Uncle Leon and Donna Lacis; grandchildren Braxton Payne Holderby, Maezie Landry Holderby, and Hannah Michelle Holderby; sister Wendy Kristine Williams Russell and fiancé John William Burkhart; nephews Andy Glenn Russell, Jr., Caleb Wayne Chapman, and Kendall Lee Chapman; parents Billy Lee and Julia Ann Grimes Williams; parent-in-laws Martha Faye and Owen Craig Chapman; and his beloved bulldog, Toby.

A celebration of Keith’s life will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 22 at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home Arlington. The family invites family and friends to dress comfortably and wear blue – Keith’s favorite color.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Keith’s honor to St. Jude’s Research Center or to the ASPCA.

Services

22 June

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home

4216 South Bowen Road
Arlington, TX 76016

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Laurie Lope

June 17, 2019

I think I am still in disbelief that someone so young and charismatic is gone from our lives and it has left a huge hole in our hearts. After reading Uncle Billy's memories of Keith, I learned so many new things about him. I remember as kids when Keith came to visit us in Shreveport. Man, he could solve a Rubik's cube in about 2.5 seconds flat and I looked up to him. I may have cheated and pulled off the stickers to solve my own cube. We played games and video games. I tried to ride go-carts with him and his family, but that was a small disaster. When I was 14 or 15, he took me and my friend to my first real concert at Texas Stadium to see INXS and Guns N Roses. He was just a good guy. I remember sailing on a boat with him in Dallas and again on a catamaran in Panama City Beach. I was so scared, but he was at the helm and it was such a fun adventure. When I think of Keith, I think of someone who always had a smile on his face and cracked the best jokes even with a dry sense of humor at times. He truly made me laugh. We didn't do a lot of socializing outside of holidays as adults, but when we saw each other on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day, etc... we always greeted each other with a hug and I thought that I was pretty lucky to have such amazing family. I know he truly loved his wife. It showed when I saw them together! My heart breaks for a life cut short, but also for those left behind. There are no right words, but a lot of people loved Keith and will continue to hold his memories in their hearts.

Billy and Julia Williams

June 16, 2019

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Julia and I have had a great marriage now going on 54 years. Part of the reason for such a successful marriage is that we were blessed early with two wonderful children (Wendy and Keith) whom we have watched mature, complete their education, become successfully employed, marry, and have families of their own. Unfortunately, early on Sunday morning June 9, 2019 around 3:00 am when most of you were asleep, surrounded by family we watched our youngest, Keith Robert, in a hospital emergency room, leave this earth forever. At the young age of 49 he left this world way to soon. Keith was an exceptional kid. He was very smart. On many occasions his teachers informed us that he had made the highest score on their yearly intelligent tests. He was very intelligent and as an adult he grew to be very sociable and had many friends. From a very young age he became involved with computers. He pursued and earned many computer related certifications and spent most of his adult life working with computer technology. He had many varied interests. As a kid he loved the water. He was an accomplished swimmer, was on the diving team in high school, and loved to sail. We had a small Scorpion sailboat, similar to a Sunfish, that we sailed almost every week on White Rock Lake. Once we were on a vacation in Panama City, Florida and before I knew it, he swam out to a buoy I could barely see. When he returned, he said, "Wow that was further than I thought." Once we were planning a trip to Hawaii and he thought it would be fun to dive, so he took a course and became a certified scuba diver. While there he dove on a sunken boat about 80 feet deep. We have videos of him clowning for the camera. Before I ever saw a drone available for purchase on-line or in a store, he visited us at our home in Richardson with one he had built, complete with video camera.

Billy and Julia Williams

June 16, 2019

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He loved to shoot various pistols and rifles and he and I together attended a course and obtained our concealed carry licenses. After a while he purchased some equipment and started reloading his own bullets. He became interested in working with leather and recently purchased a special sewing machine that could be used to sew leather. His plan was to make billfolds and purses for Christmas presents this year. He loved his dogs. He once had a boxer, he appropriately named Cassius. Cassius passed many years ago, and now he had a lovable English bulldog named Tobias, Toby for short. He was totally in love with Lisa his wife of 15 years. Although he never had children of his own, he had two stepchildren from a previous marriage and two with Lisa. All of his stepchildren loved him like he was their dad. His nephew, Andy Russell Jr. admired his uncle and we recently took a picture of them standing back to back to see if he was as tall as his uncle Keith. My wife Julia and I appreciate all the cards, telephone calls, Facebook messages, etc. we have received offering condolences. Everybody wants to say the "right thing" to provide comfort, but the catch is there is no "right thing." The best I can say is that we have many friends who really care. Our son left this world unexpectedly, and way too soon. We have previously lost both of our parents and Julia lost her brother. All of these were very emotional situations and we do not want to diminish them in any way, but the loss of a child is different. Our emotions are raw at this point and I hope and expect they will get better with time. Again thanks, Mom and Dad.

Donna Lacis

June 16, 2019

Keith will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He was always a jokester and made things so much fun. He was always the life of every get together. He was taken from us way too soon, but we know one day we will see him again and we will be filled with laughter. We will try not to mourn, but celebrate his life because he was truly the best nephew ever. Leon and I love you and will miss you always. When we think of you, we will only think of the good times.
Love,
Aunt Donna and Uncle Leon

Lisa Williams

June 12, 2019

When Keith and I (Lisa) met in 2000 we were both working at AISD. He was waiting on his step granddaughter and I was waiting on a step grandson to be born, As time went by both marriages failed but I was already enamored with Keith. A few months went by and we went on our first date. After that date we were inseparable. After 15 years of marriage I am lost. But we had time to say our goodbyes even though at the time they weren't goodbyes. Who knew how much I could love this man/boy. He was my best friend, my lover, my confidant, and my soul mate. Those were the best times together. He took me on my first out of state, then out of the country, Sure we were both stubborn and fought but there was always a makeup, and "I am so glad you are in my life". He was an amazing man. I always told him he was the smartest person I knew. He would reply "I know a little about most things but i'm not an expert at any". I've heard so many stories about him when he was a boy, I sure do love this man with everything that is me. He took a piece of my heart with him. I know you will be there waiting for me someday. To my honey: I will always love you with the deepest love I have. Love your Baby. Just remember that note on the tree. Love, Me

Wendy Russell

June 12, 2019

Keith Robert Williams 🕯❤️🙏🏻 8/19/1969 - 6/9/2019

My brother, Keith Williams, and I never did see eye to eye. For siblings, we couldn’t have been any more different than we were. We would fight, disagree and blame each other for things like most brothers and sisters do. We would pick at each other, just because we could. He loved me and I loved him unconditionally. He was my brother, the only one I would ever have. He left us on Sunday. Life is unfair, and there are no guarantees. Cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. You never know what God has in store for any of us. Keith was a caring son, playful brother, loving husband and dedicated dad. I know he is with us in spirit and I will always carry him with me in my heart. He will be missed.

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Biography

Keith Robert Williams, age 49 of Arlington, passed away on June 9, 2019. He was born on August 19, 1969 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of Billy and Julia (Grimes) Williams. Keith married Lisa Chapman on February 17, 2005 and they celebrated 15 years of marriage.

Keith was a brilliant child, always interested in science and technology. As he grew up, Keith shared his knowledge with others, teaching classes at the young age of 12, to helping others solve problems, and even making a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. Keith graduated from Berkner High School in Richardson, and attended Texas Tech, and most recently worked for Tenaska, Inc. as a security control administrator. In his spare time, Keith enjoyed leather working, sports cars, making and flying drones, and shooting. Keith’s greatest time was spent with his family and friends, all of whom will miss his smile and sense of humor.

Keith is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughters Amberlie Elisabeth and wife Jordan Danielle Savell; Kelcee Mishell and husband David Jeffrey Gannon; Aunt and Uncle Leon and Donna Lacis; grandchildren Braxton Payne Holderby, Maezie Landry Holderby, and Hannah Michelle; sister Wendy Kristine Williams Russell and fiancé John William Burkhart; nephews Andy Glenn Russell, Jr., Caleb Wayne Chapman, and Kendall Lee Chapman; parents Billy Lee and Julia Ann Grimes Williams; parent-in-laws Martha Faye and Owen Craig Chapman; and his beloved bulldog, Toby.

A celebration of Keith’s life will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 22 at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home Arlington. The family invites family and friends to dress comfortably and wear blue – Keith’s favorite color.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Keith’s honor to St. Jude’s Research Center or to the ASPCA.