Lawrence Williams Jr.

September 6, 1951January 4, 2018

Lawrence Williams, Jr., 66, of Greensboro passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Chapel with Rev. Lawrence Tate officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm at the funeral home. Lawrence will be laid to rest in Salisbury National Cemetery with full military honors. Lawrence was born in Guilford County on September 6, 1951 to the late Lawrence Williams, Sr. and Addie Mae Tate Williams. He attended UCLA where he excelled in running track. In 1979 his relay team won the National Championship. Lawrence was inducted into the Greensboro Dudley Sports Hall of Fame. Sports and City Planning were major interest in Lawrence’s life and basketball was one of his favorites. During the years that he lived in Los Angeles, Lawrence mentored numerous young men from Greensboro who were able to obtain college degrees and achieve success in their future endeavors, whether it be in sports or business careers. He served in the United States Air Force and achieved the rank of Sergeant. For 23 years he worked for The L.A. Times Newspaper as an Advertising Composer. Lawrence was a devoted son, brother, uncle and friend who was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. Those left to cherish his memory include his brothers, Richard Williams and Gerald Chris Williams and other extended family. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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January 12, 2018

My wife, Mom and I first met "Uncle Lawerence" thru our mutual friend Eric Brown who an track with him at UCLA. Eric often said Lawerence was his "Big Brother "and mentor at UCLA. We all shared a mutual love of sports and so it was a special treat when Eric and Lawerence showed up in Eugene for football games and track meets with the University of Oregon Ducks over the years.

After Lawerence left LA and returned to North Carolina we stayed in touch thru email and phone calls. He was a special person with a big smile, heart and laugh which could fill a room. We are all fortunate to have him in our lives and he will be missed. God Bless Lawrence and his family.

Mike, Anne and Yvonne O'Herron out in Oregon

Afi Osakwe

January 10, 2018

Deepest condolences to the Williams family. He was one of the closest brothers to many of us and we love him dearly. "Stick," "The Hound," "The Pink Panther," "Philly D," "Philly Dog," just a few of the names. But, "Moms" called him "Larry". And that tops the list. Safe journey "Hound." I'll feel your energy when you're near, my brother.

January 10, 2018

Hello Richard, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are our prayers. Peace be with you during this time. God's blessings.

Warmest regards,
Luther and Bowonna Smith

Ike Oglesby

January 10, 2018

A great friend,one of the premier athletes of my generation. He is missed.

January 9, 2018

So sorry for your loss
Steve Goforth

Maurice Noble

January 9, 2018

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Parrish Little

January 8, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about Lawrence. Your family is my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy and may God bless.

Phillip Ledwell

January 8, 2018

I can't begin to write how shocked I was to read the news about my friend and classmate, but I know that we all have the same debt to pay. I only wish that I had a chance to see Stick more than I did. I talked to him a few times while he lived in Los Angeles, but it was not the same as in person. Also, I played basketball with him and he could literally fly back in the day. I will miss Stick as we called him a great deal.