MELVIN WILLIAMS Jr.
May 18, 1926 – May 4, 2019
Melvin (Bubba) Williams Jr. 92, of Bloomington, departed this life at 6:07 a.m., Saturday, (May 4, 2019) at St, Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL. He was born to the late Melvin Sr. & Mary Strayhorn Williams of Charleston, Mo.
He married Velma Howard March 31, 1947. From this union 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls. He moved to Bloomington in 1956. He joined Union Missionary Baptist Church in 1962, where he served as a deacon. He drove a bus for the city of Bloomington for 17 yrs, he retired in 1988. Then he drove a school bus for Unit 5 for several years before retiring the second time.
Melvin served in the Military in World War II. He was a Mason, Elijah S. Betts Lodge #23. He was an avid bowler and taught his grandchildren bowling every Saturday morning. He loved fishing, playing cards and watching the Cubs. In fact, he was the biggest Cub fan for over 50 yrs. For over a number of years, he was a minor league umpire.
Melvin was preceded in death by his loving wife Velma (married 64 yrs) three sisters Geneva Williams, Earlene Williams and Susie Mae Newcomb and one brother Billy Williams.
He is survived by his brother Charles(Jan) Williams of East Lansing MI., Helen McCarthy of Elgin, IL, and Roxie Mosley of Gary, IN. Also survived are 6 children, 4 sons Mack (Marlene) Thomas, James (Minnie) Farris, Melvin Jr, and Corey (Stacey) Sharp of Bloomington, IL., two daughters Mary Williams of Bloomington, IL. and Helen Phillips of Portage, MI. A host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, friends and families that he cherished dearly.
Family and friends will gather for visitation and funeral services on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10 to 11 a.m. for visitation with funeral service proceeding after visitation from 11-12 a.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church, 509 W. Jackson St., Bloomington, IL. East Lawn Funeral Home of Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
MELVIN WILLIAMS Jr.
May 14, 2019
It's because of Melvin and Velma that my family of about 50 are in Bloomington, IL. In the early 60's you offered up your home to my brother William (Bill, Slim) Martin and his wife to stay with you instead of making their yearly trip to Michigan with Mr. Henry Miles to work in the harvests. He stayed, and you helped him get a job at Streids Restaurant and because of that other family members joined him here and now, through kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, there are over 50 of us here now. THANKS
What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose.
All that we love deeply,
becomes and remains a part of us.
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May Jehovah, the God of all comfort, strengthen and comfort you with His promise to swallow up death forever, wiping the tears from our faces. (Isa. 25:8; 2Cor. 1:3) Peace to you during this difficult time.
Linda Rettke McDonald
May 10, 2019
Mel was a mentor to me at the bus company, I drove city bus with him and Mack. Mel bowled with my dad on different leagues and tournaments. I am so sad that I lost track of him over the years. Such a good man, so kind and gentle. I have missed him for a long time. Mack send me an email so that we can get together and visit.