OBITUARY

Russell Lee Williams Jr.

December 7, 1948July 30, 2018
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“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”—1 John 5:13

Russell “Russ” Lee Williams Jr., 69, of Moss Bluff, La., entered his eternal home on July 30, 2018, surrounded by his wife of almost 40 years, Veronica Rugemer Williams and his children.

Russ was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and later attended the University of Tennessee before he and Veronica moved to Moss Bluff, in 1991. Russ never forgot his roots, however, and remained a loyal Tennessee Volunteer.

A self-employed businessman, Russ was also the former Chief Assignment Secretary for the Southwest Louisiana Umpire Association and was recognized for his distinguished service. He tirelessly invested his life in the youth of the community through the Moss Bluff Recreation League baseball and football programs as a coach and umpire. He delighted in coaching and watching his own children play. He loved and supported them in all their endeavors and they were devoted to him. He especially enjoyed their annual family vacations to Walt Disney World.

Russ was a member of the First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff since 1991, having accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior a few years prior. Russ served several years as a sound booth technician and also had dramatic roles in several church choir musicals. He was a registered organ donor and a veteran.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife; his children, Russell “Rusty” Lee Williams III, of Lake Charles, La.; Michael Lynn (Alexis) Williams of Ragley, La.; Jessica Kristeen (Kevin) Reeves, of Westlake, La.; his eight grandchildren, Jayne, Amelia, Wes, Avery, Ansley, Jace, Kane and Jackson (due in September), who lovingly call him Poppee. He is also survived by Karl and Kristeen (Rugemer) Caswell, brother-in-law and sister-in-law; and nephews Blake (Sarah) Caswell and Cody Caswell.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at First Baptist Church Moss Bluff. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and the service will begin at 6:00 pm. Rev. Jack Tillery, Jr. will officiate. Immediately following the service, the family welcomes guests to join them for a time of food and fellowship to share memories of Russ Williams; husband, father, Poppee and friend. Cremation services are being provided by Hixson Funeral Home, Moss Bluff. In lieu of flowers, the family is grateful for any donations toward medical expenses. A gofundme.com account has also been created by friends of the family to defray costs associated with this unexpected loss. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Left to cherish his memory are his wife; his children, Russell “Rusty” Lee Williams III, of Lake Charles, La.; Michael Lynn (Alexis) Williams of Ragley, La.; Jessica Kristeen (Kevin) Reeves, of Westlake, La.; his eight grandchildren, Jayne, Amelia, Wes, Avery, Ansley, Jace, Kane and Jackson (due in September), who lovingly call him Poppee. He is also survived by Karl and Kristeen (Rugemer) Caswell, brother-in-law and sister-in-law; and nephews Blake (Sarah) Caswell and Cody Caswell.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, August 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Russell Lee Williams Jr.

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Terry and Cindy Bergeron

August 1, 2018

Very sorry to hear about Mr. Russ passing away. We grew to love him as a friend, christian, umpire, human being and father to his two sons and daughter. He will be missed by all who knew him and our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends now. May god bless.

Daren LeBleu

July 31, 2018

I am deeply saddened to hear the passing of Coach Russ. I had the honor of coaching Dixie Youth baseball, 6 seasons with Coach Russ. Their is not a man that cared more, for the boys, on and off the field. I am so sorry for his wonderful family. I pray the Lord comforts them through this time of grief. I will miss my good friend every day.

Monica Havens

July 31, 2018

I am so sad to hear Mr Russ has passed away
We have had so many memories with Mr Russ and my dad who has passed away JB LaFleur with Baseball and umpiring
Mr Russ was a great man and loved his baseball family and his family
Lots of great memories on the baseball field
May god bless his family
Keeping everyone in our prayers

Rodney and Kathy Lejeune

July 31, 2018

We had the opportunity to meet Russ and his family when our children played ball together.

Both he and his wife have always been very welcoming. He made an impression on our lives and will not be forgotten.

Praying for peace for the famil.

Lejeune family

Bill and Belinda Sommers

July 31, 2018

We met Russ through baseball :) Billy, our son played for SHHS, Bill was the radio announcer for SHHS, and I played music during the games. When we found out Russ was from Tennessee, I would play Rocky Top at any home game that Russ was umpiring. He would tip his hat to me while flashing a big smile. Russ would jokingly tell Billy “not today Billy, not on my watch” when Billy would try his left-handed pick off move. Russ was a pleasure to be around and we will miss him so. Prayers for his family during this difficult time that God will provide peace. The Sommers family

Connie Carpentr

July 31, 2018

Remembering this man with the ready smile and the twinkling eyes for my family every time we came in contact with him. Henry especially liked his firm, sincere handshake. Veronica, you and Russ raised your kid right because they are the same way. I remember his gentle manner with the kids on his sports teams and even as he became the head of the umpires. That had to be trying at times, but I never once saw him lose his cool. I treasure the times spent with you, Russ and your family on the ball fields and at church the past 25 plus years. My love and prayers are with you and your sweet family in this difficult time. Love, Connie

Trina LaFleur

July 31, 2018

I am so very sorry, I really loved Mr. Williams.....he really enjoyed the kids on the Baseball and Football Fields....Neal Martin, my son, really thought highly and Mr. Russ.....Prayers of Comfort...

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”—1 John 5:13

Russell “Russ” Lee Williams Jr., 69, of Moss Bluff, La., entered his eternal home on July 30, 2018, surrounded by his wife of almost 40 years, Veronica Rugemer Williams and his children.

Russ was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and later attended the University of Tennessee before he and Veronica moved to Moss Bluff, in 1991. Russ never forgot his roots, however, and remained a loyal Tennessee Volunteer.

A self-employed businessman, Russ was also the former Chief Assignment Secretary for the Southwest Louisiana Umpire Association and was recognized for his distinguished service. He tirelessly invested his life in the youth of the community through the Moss Bluff Recreation League baseball and football programs as a coach and umpire. He delighted in coaching and watching his own children play. He loved and supported them in all their endeavors and they were devoted to him. He especially enjoyed their annual family vacations to Walt Disney World.

Russ was a member of the First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff since 1991, having accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior a few years prior. Russ served several years as a sound booth technician and also had dramatic roles in several church choir musicals. He was a registered organ donor and a veteran.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife; his children, Russell “Rusty” Lee Williams III, of Lake Charles, La.; Michael Lynn (Alexis) Williams of Ragley, La.; Jessica Kristeen (Kevin) Reeves, of Westlake, La.; his eight grandchildren, Jayne, Amelia, Wes, Avery, Ansley, Jace, Kane and Jackson (due in September), who lovingly call him Poppee. He is also survived by Karl and Kristeen (Rugemer) Caswell, brother-in-law and sister-in-law; and nephews Blake (Sarah) Caswell and Cody Caswell.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at First Baptist Church Moss Bluff. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and the service will begin at 6:00 pm. Rev. Jack Tillery, Jr. will officiate. Immediately following the service, the family welcomes guests to join them for a time of food and fellowship to share memories of Russ Williams; husband, father, Poppee and friend. Cremation services are being provided by Hixson Funeral Home, Moss Bluff. In lieu of flowers, the family is grateful for any donations toward medical expenses. A gofundme.com account has also been created by friends of the family to defray costs associated with this unexpected loss. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.