Billy G. Williams
May 24, 1932 – March 24, 2019
Bill…..Christian…Husband…Father…Grandfather…Brother…Uncle…Friend Bill loved the Waffle House, Fishing, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Golf, Umpiring and Refereeing basketball games. His favorite quote was “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right”. Daddy picked Mom from the First Church of the Nazarene when she was 15 years old, on stage, playing her accordion and singing “I bowed on my knees and cried holy”. He was out of the Navy and 22 years old when he heard her and saw her he said “She is the woman I will marry”. He later said “I have been on my knees ever since”. Daddy loved Mom unconditionally. She cared and loved him like no other wife I have ever witnessed. Let it be known I have THE most amazing parents in the world! Bill was 86 years old…..Bill met his Master face to face Sunday morning March 24th. The Lord said “Welcome Home, thou good and faithful servant”. Bill always pushed with special effort to be in church even though he was so weak he could hardly speak at times….Well, this day he arrived to his new Home in Heaven and is now attending the most blessed service he has ever attended. Bill had a great life with his loving family and wonderful friends. He served in the US Navy for 3 years. He was a “plank” owner aboard the USS Oriskany CV34. He served in the Korean conflict 1950-53. After that he served in the US Navy Reserves for 5 years. He has enjoyed many USS Oriskany CV 34 reunions. That is where he met up with an old shipmate, Eddie Vargas who served with him on the Oriskany. They have enjoyed many Oriskany Reunions since then. Bill and his wife, Jerri have especially enjoyed being with Eddie and his wife, Orfa at those reunions. The 2019 USS Oriskany CV34 reunion will be held here at Pensacola Beach. Bill was looking forward to seeing all his shipmates at the reunion coming up this October. His daughter, Marisa is planning this reunion and will now plan a memorial for her Daddy at this reunion…Bill was hoping to be here, but God had other plans…. Bill retired from Monsanto, originally Chemstrand where he worked for 34 years. He loved playing baseball with the company team and boarded the company plane flying out to many games. He loved coaching at the Brent Youth Baseball Park. He loved working with the boys and grew close to them and their parents...this was such an enjoyment to him. Also, he went with the All-Star team twice to South Florida to play in the World Series. Myra Scruggs was a special friend and like a sister to him and he was like a brother to her. Bill was trying to help the boys academically as well as upright leadership and Christian traits. He was always at every event his grandchildren were involved in tee-ball, softball, basketball, band, football….rain, snow, sleet or shine. He loved working with the sound board at Calvary Way Full Gospel Church…He always tried to do everything that anyone asked him to do….CD’s….sound tracks , etc….trying to balance the sound for the choir or the minister’s preaching….that was his ministry and he dearly loved it. He always tried to be faithful to any activity the church had, also helping in weddings and funerals. He felt that it was his church and he should be there to support it. Bill has enjoyed living in a very lovely apartment for this last year that his daughter, Marisa and son-in-law, Donnie, built onto their house….it’s absolutely beautiful….they have done everything possible that children could do for their parents….none could be better and we thank God that He has blessed us with His best…. After retirement Bill and Jerri did wedding photos for many years with their business Econo Wedding Essentials. He also worked at Bayview Fisher-Pou Funeral Home on Scenic Highway. He had friends that would call him and Jerri their “Mama and Daddy” and some would call them their grandparents, like “Paw-Paw Bill” and “Granny Jerri” and he loved it. We would also like to thank all our wonderful friends that have gone out of their way to show their love and all their prayers have meant the world to us. It’s impossible to name all our great friends because we would still be naming them throughout the year……but you know who you are and hope you know how much you are loved and appreciated. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Williams and his mother, Edythe L. Williams, a son Kenneth Wayne Williams, a brother, Bobby Williams, a baby brother, James that died at 6 months and a sister, Lucille Crawford. He is survived by his wife, Jerri of almost 65 years come June 3rd, his daughter, Marisa Kaye Bell, a son-in-law, Donnie Bell, two grandchildren, Brittany Taylor Gilbert and Zachary Hamilton Bell who he adored and loved with all his heart. He is also survived by a cousin, Faye Young and her family, a nephew, James Harris Sr. and his family, a niece, Cindy McGuire and her family, also, all his wife’s family whom he loved dearly and was very close to. Visitation and funeral will be at the Calvary Way Full Gospel Church with the Rev. Carl Shiver, pastor of the church, and the Rev. David Scruggs officiating. Visitation is Friday 6 to 8 pm and the funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Barrancas National Cemetery Monday at 11 am. The funeral procession will be leaving the Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel on Scenic Hwy. at 10 a.m. Pallbearers will be: Danny Deering, Scott Deering, Mark Helms, Chris Helms, Zac Bell and Bob Walton. The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
- Robert B Williams, Father
- Edythe L Williams, Mother
- Kenneth Wayne Williams, Son
- Bobby Williams, Brother
- James Williams, Brother
- Lucille Crawford, Sister
- Jerri Williams, Wife
- Marisa Kaye Bell, Daughter
- Donnie Bell, Son-in-law
- Brittany Taylor Gilbert, Grandchild
- Zachary Hamilton Bell, Grandchild
- Faye Young, Cousin
- James Harris Senior, Nephew
- Cindy McGuire, Niece
- Visitation Friday, March 29, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, March 30, 2019
Billy G. Williams
April 18, 2019
Marisa, Donnie, Jerri, Zack, and Brittany - I am so sorry to say that I just learned of Bill's passing very recently. I would have loved to have attended the funeral and celebrated his life with you. Words cannot describe what a tremendous impact Bill's friendship and guidance had on me over the past 15 years or so. I greatly looked forward to our early morning meetings twice a week at Waffle House, where he sat atop his throne at the bar and would provide me with nuggets of wisdom. He was always the perfect gentleman, wanted to know what was going on in my life, and in my mind represented what Jesus wants all men to be. Everybody loved Bill, and he could brighten anybody's day no matter what struggles they were dealing with in life! I am proud to say that he was my friend, and just about everybody at our company knows who "Britt's friend at Waffle House" is because I would reiterate his stories and what a great man and mentor he was to me. I am so grateful for the brief time we shared together and for you all allowing me to participate in some of your family life events through music. Bill was a very, very special man and will be greatly missed by many!
Patsy Mondello Scott
March 29, 2019
Almost 46 years ago this precious person picked up myself and my brother we will wait by the door and when we seen that car pull up we were just about knock each other down to see who could get to it first thank you for the Christian life thank you for Paving the way love you always and forever Patsy Kaye and Mike
Melanie, Barry and Baleigh Perritt
March 27, 2019
Barry and I have such sweet memories of Bill and Jerri taking pictures of our daughter Baleigh when she was just two. Bill got the biggest kick out of Baleigh and the way that she would smile when he told her to look at the camera. To this day I think of Bill and Jerri when I look at those precious pictures. Bill and Jerri are special people. My family knew Bill, Jerri, Risa and the entire Deering family from our Eastside Assembly days. There is no doubt that Bill is walking on the streets of gold. I'm sure that he has said hello to my mom and dad by now (Doris and Earl Overbey). Our prayers are with the family.
Risa, we love you, Donnie, Brittany, Zac and your precious Momma. Praying for you.
March 27, 2019
Brother Bill was never without a smile and a hug. His passing leaves us to mourn our loss and rejoice in his homegoing at the same time. He is with his Savior and Coach now and there is no more sickness nor pain. I pray for Jerri and the family as they adjust to his absence. Just rest in the promise he is in the presence of the L~RD.
March 27, 2019
Brother Williams was always kind and showed Christ's love. He was such a gentleman and I remember how much he loved Sister Williams and his family. He was a very special man and will be missed. I'm sure his passing has left a large gap in so many lives, but find peace that he is with Jesus.
March 27, 2019
Jerri, I wanted to send you my heartfelt condolences. Praying for you at this time.....I immediately thought well he’ll get to see my dad, they had some good times together. I know this must be very hard for you but at the same time I know you are rejoicing too. Much love. Dora