Glennell T. Williams

May 21, 1996November 23, 2018
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Don’t Cry for Me

I know it is hard but don’t cry for me. I am okay. I packed a lot of life into 22 years. Mom and Pops, I know how excited you were when I was born on the 21st of May in 1996.

And then, when I was four months old, you added Mom Jasmine to my life, giving me a whole other family.

The memories I have of growing up will stay with me forever. I loved playing outside, driving my electric car around our cul-de-sac and eating at Ryan’s Steakhouse. And I really loved skateboarding. I will always cherish the times I watched boxing and football and basketball games. I will cherish the times we saw the Texans’ play. You guys taught me how to be independent and that came in handy when I taught myself how to drive a stick. I will really miss the home cooking and the ribbing me about my hair (lol). I will never forget the fun I had on my last birthday. Don’t cry for me. I’m okay.

I will miss the times spent swimming in the pool, playing video games, riding our bikes, and playing basketball. The hours we spent playing Jenga and Clue and Monopoly as a family, especially the times I won! I will never forget all the times we drove to Louisiana for 4th of July. I will also never forget the trips to California, going to Lake Tahoe, and spending Thanksgiving and Christmas between Granny’s and Mimi Kelli’s house.

I’ll remember going to Pier 39 and riding down the crookedest street in the world in San Francisco; visiting LA and Philadelphia; there was the Thanksgiving spent in New Jersey; the trip taking the subway to Harlem in New York; going to the amusement parks in San Antonio and Dallas, and eating at every Cracker Barrel between Texas and Alabama.

During summers, I played league basketball. At Albright Middle School, I played football and at Alief Hastings High School, I played baseball. I’ll remember my first unofficial job at Life Houston and my first official job at Red Lobster.

Don’t cry for me. I could feel your pride when I graduated cum laude from high school and received my acceptance letters to college.

I’ll never forget the fun I had with my crew!

Don’t cry for me, for I am not alone. I am surrounded by loved ones who passed before me.

To my parents, Glenn and Arlacia Williams and Jasmine Williams, thank you for demonstrating that love and family are not solely defined by blood. To my sister Natalee and her husband DeVares, my brother Nate and his finance, Briauna and my brother Gerrell, I will never forget you. To my great-grandmother, Lois Collins, I love you. To granny Beatrice McDonald and my Honey, PJ Ballard, you were the best grandmothers. My uncles and aunts, Gerald and Rosetta Williams, Anthony and Paula McDonald, Vincant Williams, Cynthia and Johnnie Clark, Teresa McDonald and Curtis Jones, Kelli and Mario Caro, and DeLoria and Donnell White, you are the best! And to my nieces Serenitee and Sameera and nephew DeeMani, you were the best part of waking up every day. To my niece Ari Brielle who will be born in February, I will be looking over you. And to my many great aunts and uncles and cousins and friends, each of you made my life extra special.

Don’t cry for me, this is not the end. Although I leave you behind, we will meet again.

Always remember the love of family is life’s greatest blessing!

A celebration of life for Glennell will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Williams family.


  • Glenn E. Williams, Father
  • Arlacia Williams, Mother
  • Lois Collins, Great Grandmother
  • Beatrice McDonald, Granny
  • PJ Ballard, Honey
  • Also left to cherish fond memories of sweet Glennell are Jasmine Williams; sister Natalee and her husband DeVares; brother Nate and fiancé Briauna; and brother Gerrell; nieces Serenitee and Sameera; nephew DeeMani; and niece Ari Brielle arriving in February; aunts and uncles: Gerald and Rosetta Williams, Anthony and Paula McDonald, Vincant Williams, Cynthia and Johnnie Clark, Teresa McDonald and Curtis Jones, Kellie and Mario Caro, and DeLoria and Donnell White.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 8, 2018

Glennell T. Williams

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Arlacia Williams

February 7, 2019

Missing you everyday son. Mom loves you so much.

Arlacia Williams

January 18, 2019

Until we meet again son! A light from our lives has gone. Your voice we loved is still vacant within our hearts, which will never be filled. We hold you close within our hearts and will remain. It broke my heart to loss you. But you didn't go alone. For apart of me went with you the day God took you home. As time passes, there's not one day that goes by that you are not here in my heart. The day you passed was not just a date on the calendar, it was the day when my very existence changed.

Your mother
Arlacia Williams

I love you son! You will be forever missed!!

Dee Mason

December 23, 2018

Missing you bro,
They say blood doesn’t make you family and you made me realize that’s a true statement! It’s been a whole month and this still feels like a horrible dream. Even though I’ve known you for years, seems like these past 2 years we’ve grown so close. Now I’m here with nobody to talk trash to on Sundays about football or nobody to beat to the bathroom before work. They say time heals wounds but it’s been a whole month and I’m still hurting that you’re gone. I know you’re in a better place and you wouldn’t want nobody to cry but it’s hard. I never told you I love you but I’m telling you now. King also misses you. The other day I was coming up the stairs and he called your name cause he thought it was you. He’s to young to understand that you’re not here no more but I promise I’m gone make sure he never forgets you. I can go on and on writing you but I know you’re up in heaven making somebody laugh so I’m gone end this now. By the way, you know the Texans gone beat the Eagles today and I know you hate the Patriots but they gone spank the Bills lol. We’ll discuss it later next time we see each other. Well I’m not gone hold you up, I’m not saying goodbye, I’m saying talk to you later...... Love Ya, Dee

Nathaniel Hill

December 8, 2018

As the oldest brother I was tasked with being the “cool parent.” I tried to teach you everything I knew about life. We had all the heart to heart conversations that you couldn’t have with our parents. As much I thought I was teaching you, you were actually teaching me. You’ve taught me how to live my life the way I want to live it, never to be worried about what others think about the things I’m passionate about. You were such a free spirited and loving brother. I admire the man you’ve become. I will forever miss you until I’m able to hug you and tell you how much I love you. They call you “Elev8” because you were always ready to take it to the next level. I know you will forever watch over our family. I love you!!
Your big bro Nate

Sherman Jones

December 7, 2018

Little Brother,
I love you! Every time I was blessed to see you, I was reminded of what it looked like to live life to the fullest. Nate and I would always try to guide you in a way that we thought was best for you based on our experiences and while you would listen to us, you would still put your spin on it to do things the way you wanted. I love that about you. Thank you for inspiring me to simply just live life to the fullest and to do it with a bright smile. -Elev8-

Gerrell Williams

December 7, 2018

Message to My Older Brother
Glennell T. Williams

There will be many days where I would love to see you again. I would go weeks without seeing you or even you picking up the phone when I called but when I did get to see you nothing else mattered. The first thing you would ever say to me was “You need to stop growing” and then we’d embrace each other. Every fist bump, every “I Love You”, every hug, and every memory will never be forgotten. It was okay that you never answered the phone, it was me knowing you were on the other side to answer it. Only we will know the bond we shared. I look up to the way you lived your life, not a care for what anyone thought of you. There is so much I wanted you to see, I wanted to see the smile on your face when I walked across that stage. I wanted you to see Nate and Bri get married, I wanted you to be there when your neice Ari is brought into this world, the list goes on and on but you can’t and that’s okay because you’ll always be there watching over all of us with a glowing halo and divine wings. I can rest easy knowing you lived up to your name. “Elev8”.

Love You Always,
Your Little “Big” Brother Gerrell

Kelli Caro

December 7, 2018


My heart is broken but I'm trying to be strong and not cry for you. I know we will meet again in God's house when it's my time to join you but boy oh boy I will miss our time until then. Your seat at the table at thanksgiving and Christmas will forever be there filled with your spirit, that smile oh that smile. We had great times together and I have that to cherish in my heart forever. I know God has set you free, the tears I shed represent the glory because I knew and loved you dearly and that's our forever story. Rest peacefully Nepf. Until we meet again.

Love MIMI Kelli.

DeLoria White

December 5, 2018

I will miss your dry humor and gorgeous smile. You were so full of joy and you will be greatly missed. I love you much, nephew.

Natalee Hill

December 4, 2018

My baby brother,
No one will ever understand,
The number of times we told each other “I love you”
How now every moment is now a distant memory
How yesterday is history and tomorrow feels like misery.
No one will ever understand,
How strong our bond will forever be and what you mean to me.
I Love You and will always have you in my heart!
Love your Big Sister


December 4, 2018

Please accept my deepest condolences in your loss. As you cope during this difficult time, find strength in the words: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those.....will hear his voice and come out.” John 5:28,29