Carmel Rose Williams

January 12, 1952November 18, 2021

COLUMBIA – Carmel Rose Williams, 69, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021. Born on January 12, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Robert Eugene Williams, Sr. and Anna Rose Tronco Williams. She dedicated her life to working with her family at the Columbia institution, Lizard’s Thicket, where she helped create and grow the restaurant to the success it is today. She had a passion for travel, especially to her beloved Italy. She was a wonderful cook, a skill that was passed down to her from her mother, Anna.

Surviving are her sons, Chase Hicks (Margaret) and Rob Vance (Gretchen); grandchildren, Joe Hicks, John Hicks, Zeb Vance and Isla Vance; siblings, Bobby Williams (Barbara), Mark Williams (Carole), Jimmy Williams (Donna), John Williams (Monica) and Anna Williams Rossi; godmother, Mella Tronco Martin and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her sister, Sally Williams Rentz; and husband, Robert Benton.

A visitation will be held from 11:00am until 1:00pm Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Carmel was passionate about supporting the fight against breast cancer. Memorial gifts may be directed to Prisma Health Midlands Foundation – Walk for Life – 1600 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

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Ron Bouknight

November 24, 2021

Carmel was always hard working & down to earth just like her parents & siblings !!!
She will be greatly missed !!!
See you in Heaven Cuz !!!
Ronnie & Debbie Bouknight

Kalunda Richard

November 22, 2021

Love and Blessings to Rob and Family from Kalunda and Mom:
Know that a time will come
when the Almighty God - as promised at Revelation 21:4-
“… will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Almighty God promises that those “powerless in death” will live again. (Isaiah 26:19) Let the hope of what God’s inspired WORD, The Bible, calls the resurrection - bring comfort to your heart that you will see… embrace… share joy, and happiness again with your precious Loved One, Your Mom Carmel.

Cecilia Amaker

November 22, 2021

My condolences to the family.

Jan Hadwin

November 21, 2021

Bobby and Barbara, my sincere condolences to you and the family on the loss of your sister and sister-in-law .

May God put his healing hands around each of you and give you comfort in this time of sorrow.

Jan ((Hadwin)

Teresa Wright Coleman

November 20, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. The unexpectedness of losing Carmel will take prayer and understanding. May God be all around each of you. Thank God too, for her being in each one of your lives. Teresa "Wright" Coleman (in Bobby's class and a long time ago patron of the infamous Cafe Italiano. We had some great times there..

Randy Price

November 20, 2021

I've known Carmel since childhood. Over the years we've always managed to keep in touch. She was a good lady and a good friend.
I will miss her.

Janet Brown

November 20, 2021

Carmel hired me 26 year ago at the Broad River Road Store she hired me on the phone she did not know who I was or what I looked like she was a beautiful person and I worked for her many years and she worked side by side with us and you would not have known she was an owner she will certainly be missed Rest In Peace beautiful soul I Will be praying for the Williams Family

Michaeline Parrish

November 20, 2021

Oh my sweet friend, 57 years of joys, tears, music and laughter. Thank you for being the best friend I could ever have had. Thank you for your kindness, your generosity and your love all these years. Thank you especially for that very special time together in Italy. May your Spirit be at peace now with your dear Bobby. I will love and miss you always.
And to your siblings, children and grandchildren I wish you comfort during this difficult time. May Carmel's memory be ever a blessing to you all. Peace always!
Michaeline Parrish (Mikie Wright)