Mr. James Carroll Williams

February 22, 1947November 11, 2018
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James Carroll was the son of the late Willie and Mary Lou Williams. He was born on February 22, 1947. Carroll had 3 older brothers and 2 younger sisters. He grew up in Mechanicsville on Dunbar before moving to East Knoxville. (isn’t it funny that he grew up in Mechanicsville and became a mechanic)

After graduating from Austin High School he married Alma Chapel. Soon after he was drafted into the military and served in the Vietnam War. After his service he returned to Knoxville and his first son Roderick was born. After completing his cosmetologist license he was trained by his brother Cornelius in New Jersey. He went to California for additional training with California Concepts. He returned to Knoxville and opened Mister Carroll’s Deja Vu in the Medical Arts building downtown. He was a Master Barber and Master Hair Stylist. He was a member of the Black Business Men’s Association.

Years after his divorce Carroll met Viviane who would become his wife. They had 3 children together, Porsche, Mia and Joaquim. Carroll loved all his children and was very present at birthdays, sporting events and important life events. Carroll was very attached to his children and grandchildren. He was even able to meet his first great grandson.

Carroll was a creative. He liked the finer things like classic sports cars and exotic dogs. He loved good music and loved to dance. He was a self taught mechanic and enjoyed restoring classic cars, it became his life long hobby. Carroll was a 15 year long member of the BMW Car Club of America. He passed his love of cars down to several of his children and grandchildren.

After his divorce Carroll moved around a bit including to Ohio with his dearest Rhodese. They were best friends. He so loved and missed her and spoke about her often after her passing.

Carroll met Mary Anne with whom he spent the last 19 years of his life. They enjoyed rides through the mountains, traveling, and trips to Florida where Danny Webster and his wife Nel live. Mary Anne accompanied Carroll to BMW car shows and museums. Many Holidays and events were spent celebrating in their home with family. They LOVED to host and entertain!

Carroll is preceded in death by his father, Willie Williams, mother, Mary Lou Williams, sister, Rhodese Hill (brother in law Donald Hill) brothers, Edward Jones and Cornelius Jones.

He will be missed by life partner Mary Anne Webster, most devoted sister Saundra (Beal) Phillips (Felix Phillips), brother Nathaniel Jones of Los Angeles, CA. , son Roderick Williams, daughter Porsche Williams, daughter Mia Williams, son Joaquim Williams, son in law Marcus Roberts, Grandchildren Shaunta Tolliver Williams, Roderick Gerard Williams Jr. (Yoyo), Asia Roberts, Tein Williams, Naimah Shariff, Kingston Roberts and a host of great grandchildren, family and friends.


  • Gathering of Friends Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Mr. James Carroll Williams

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Gerald Henley

November 26, 2018

This is Gerald Henley and the Henley family from Cleveland, Ohio, sending our dearest, heartfelt condolences to James Carroll Williams, a dear friend of mine. I also want to send condolences to Ifuma and Maurice, Carroll's nephews. I also want to send my condolences to Carroll's brothers: Larry, Nathaniel, and Eddy. We will dearly miss Carroll and again I send my heartfelt condolences. May God bless you and may God bless the family.

Saïf Israel

November 26, 2018

Carroll, I love you. You taught me how to throw a football! I'll never forget watching the super bowl with you at your place and just talking sports over the years. I was always impressed by your sense of style. Man, you were always dressing so sharp. I'll never forget shooting jumpers with you and you sticking your tongue out like Michael Jordan himself and your jovial chuckle. During this time it is the holidays and that was a special time of the year for you. It's the most wonderful time of the year and I know you'd want us to be enjoying that together the best way we can. So this year I have to be there a little more with positive vibrations for my siblings, in your honor. Thanks for picking me up from school some afternoons and getting a burger.
your friend, Saif Aree

Maurice Hart

November 19, 2018

I have so many memories, it's difficult to share only one or two. So I will share the beginning. The yellow and black 320i, started a friendship that took us through junk yards, to finding that blue convertible all the while dreaming of colors and rubbing on his 2002. Real conversations about life and choices, so when it came time for me to make a life altering decision, I turned to Carroll, and it was the best decision. I took a leap of faith and it was beautiful Hawaii. We would talk for a while still even with the time zone difference. So it was only fitting when I was going to make another move who I would ask. I'm so honored to have not only met him but be apart of his passion in cars and life. Carroll you will be missed dear friend, but never forgotten by me. You taught me alot over the years.

Thank you.

Porsche Williams

November 19, 2018


He taught me how to love unconditionally. He showed perseverance and strength, even in his struggles, he never gave up! He worked hard and loved hard. His love is with me always. As we go through the pictures, cards and letters he wrote, it is easy to see where his passion was; in art, in music, in family and friends, with his dogs and in the garage!

I miss him so much,

Annetta James

November 18, 2018

I will always remember Carroll as one of the most SAUVE persons I’ve ever known. Loved him as a brother and dear friend!

Rest in the arms of Jesus!

Kathy Hanline

November 16, 2018

Carroll was an exceptional man. Everyone....and I mean everyone he met was a friend. He was a kind man...a good man...a stylish man...a man who enjoyed life. I will cherish the memory of dancing with him....I wish I had done it more. If I was still going to conferences with Mary Anne, I would miss his calls every day...talking with Mary Anne because he loved her so very much.
He was an important part of his family's life. His love for them, and their love for him will keep his memory alive. Love never dies.

Liliana Beckrich

November 16, 2018

God has it in his holy glory and a lot of resignation for the whole family. I will always remember him. My dear friend, my most beloved sympathies on behalf of my family, amen.