Grayson Martin Williams Jr.
September 1, 1929 – October 17, 2019
Grayson M. Williams, Jr., 90, of Williamsburg passed away October 17th, 2019. He was pre-ceded in death by wife, Marion R. Williams, after 50 years of marriage. Grayson retired from Sears as the National Display Director. He has been part of Toastmasters for an accumulative 40 years plus. Grayson was a master craftsman with wood. Along with childhood friend, Jody Dixon, they built their sailboat with only hand tools that Grayson sailed for more than 18 years. Most of the furniture was hand-made and designed by Grayson in his home he shared with Marion. He took creative writing classes through CNU and Christopher Wren in Williamsburg, which helped him write about his family genealogy. Grayson also wrote many stories about his life, which were compiled and printed in a book for his family and friends to enjoy. Grayson mentored and inspired so many people in his life and helped guide several Toastmaster Clubs to success. He is survived by his current wife, Ulku Nouri; sons, Grayson M Williams, III and James M. Williams; daughter, Rebecca A. Wallace; daughter-in-laws, Debbie Williams and Sandy Williams; grandchildren, Heather Shockley, Grayson Williams, IV, Chris Wallace, Melissa Anderson and Daniel Wallace; 5 great grandchildren, Sister Louisa Walker; Sister Suzanne Leatherwood and other surviving relatives and friends. A service will be held Sunday, November 10th at 2:30 pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg. Memorial contributions can be made to the Heart Association. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com
- Service Sunday, November 10, 2019
Grayson Martin Williams Jr.
November 14, 2019
We (Grayson's family) wish to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expression of love, kindness, and support shown to us during this hour of bereavement. May God Bless You and Keep You.
He will be missed by us all!
Grayson Williams Iii
November 9, 2019
Thank you all! We are grateful for your kind remarks. They help much.
November 5, 2019
I knew Grayson for more years than I even care to think about! A love of Toastmasters brought us together more than 30 years ago, and I always counted his friendship in that fine organization as one of my treasured ones. We worked together for the growth and betterment of the members involved and we competed against each other in numerous speech contests-the two facets of Toastmasters ideology. He will be missed for his wit and experience, both in Toastmasters and in life.
November 3, 2019
Grayson was a wonderful uncle to me. He amazed me with his woodworking skills, including building the cabinets with secret compartments in his kitchen.
He was very wise and always made sure my grandma was well taken care of. I don't ever remember seeing him without a smile on his face.
October 29, 2019
Grayson Williams was someone that represented the word gentleman in true fashion. He was a friend and confidant, one that you could talk to and never be judged by.
Grayson held family values close to his heart, and led by example being married to his wife Marian for 52 years until her death. He raised 3 children to be successful adults. He laughed, loved and was loved by all that knew him. If you were his friend, then you had a forever friend. He left us as an honorable man and on October 17, 2019 he became our angel and went to his eternal home in Heaven. ♥️
October 20, 2019
Grayson taught me and so many of us in the years we have known him in Toastmasters. He often spoke from the heart, a big one I might add, and well-versed with the knowledge of living life. He observed the best in everyone with a God given light that shined within him. He cheered, inspired and motivated all who knew him not only to be a better speaker but to see life in an optimistic and hopeful light. Heaven gained an angel and we will surely miss him but grateful his impact will continue in our lives. A Legacy. God Bless you Grayson and family.
October 18, 2019
Grayson - a sweet man. One who always had a smile and a "It's all my fault," whenever I saw him, remembering my tag line in the classroom of the "Follows always allow the Leaders to lead - and if it doesn't work, it is the Lead's fault." He had a wonderful smile. He always made my friend smile and that smile made it all the way up to her eyes. He loved her effervescence and danced with her and laughed with her and played with her and learned with her. I loved that he loved her so very well. Grayson, you will be so very missed.
Ulku Nouri, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that Grayson is laughing with his father in heaven, as you mourn the loss here on earth. — feeling shattered with Ulku Nouri.