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Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service

3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC

OBITUARY

Melvin Bryant Williams Jr.

December 20, 1970September 1, 2019
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Melvin “Bryant” Williams, Jr. was born December 20, 1970 and passed away Sunday September 1, 2019.

He leaves behind his loving partner and best friend of over 20 years Jonathan Smith, mother Carlene McKeithan and stepfather Don McKeithan; father Melvin Williams, Sr. and stepmother Louise Williams; brother Brandon Williams, wife Holly, and nephew Evan; brother Casey Williams, wife Mary Blake, nephews Ty and Judson, niece Aaliyah; cousins Janey Watson and Emily and Halley Roth along with many other loved cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Bryant was born at New Hanover Memorial Hospital. He would grow up to work at this same hospital for just a little over 20 years. He loved his coworkers and they loved him. He was known for his contagious smile and making everyone laugh. On his days off Bryant enjoyed sitting around with his friends, drinking red wine, and having fun.

One of the most important things in life to Bryant was family, which included his partner Jonathan. He loved hanging out by the pool and spending time with them. He liked to cruise around on the boat and go to the beach. He loved traveling and taking Sunday drives. When he was at home he loved to sit on the porch listening to his music and singing.

Bryant was a bright light in many lives. Without him around our hearts will be a little more dim.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Monday, September 9, 2019

Memories

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Chuck Ogiba

September 12, 2019

Working side by side with you for so many years, I just don't know how to do this without you there. Bryant, I keep thinking you will be there each day, someone I could talk to about anything. You were not a nurse, a case manager to me, but a confidant, a mentor, a true friend. We challenged each other and even got angry with each other sometimes. We had respect of each other that goes beyond the confines of the hospital, something so genuine that it didn't matter how we were feeling, only that we could understand our friendship would continue. I miss you so much my friend and my life will not be even remotely the same without you. Peace ❤

Germaine Colon

September 11, 2019

Bryant, I still don't feel like this is real. This is like a bad dream that just won't end. My heart is broken. I will never forget your smile and the fun we had when I covered the 7th fl. Work will never be the same. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to meet you and to work with you for all of these years. You were loved by all. Rest easy my friend... till we meet again...

Marilyn Franks

September 11, 2019

Words could never express my feelings of loosing you. You made my day in ways you never knew. I'm going to miss all our good chats and laughter. You were so sweet and one of a kind "Daddy" and I will never forget you. Sleep in peace my friend.
Love Marilyn

Yvonne LaRoche-Pardo

September 10, 2019

Bryant was always friendly, supportive, and positive in all our interactions. His spirit soared and I was always happy to see him . . .

Denise Kuhn

September 10, 2019

There was not one time I saw Bryant that I did not laugh. I could always count on that. I know that Pam will enjoy being with him again. I will miss him so much. I pray for his family's strength through this time of sorrow. What a blessing to have had him in my life. Thank you for sharing him!

Synese Brown

September 10, 2019

What a sweet loving person gone too soon, fly high Brian until we meet again. I am truly going to miss you.

Carmen Pope

September 10, 2019

Bryant, You are such an amazing man. I enjoyed working and getting to know you the past 5 years. I always laughed when I was around you. I will be praying for your family and Jonathan now and the days to come. Until I see you again my friend. I love you! ❤️

Rhonda Lanier

September 9, 2019

Bryant, just to say your name, makes me smile. You will always be in my heart and I will always be your “country girlfriend” I haven’t been to 7th floor since you gained your wings, but when I do I will smile and I may cry, but that’s ok, I know you will be smiling down. Thanks for all the memories of the beach and our famous lunches. My heart will always hold you dear, I love you. Thinking and praying for Jonathan and your family.

Barbara Kahn

September 9, 2019

I think that Bryant Williams is the singular most loved person I have known. There was never a time - not one - when I didn't end a conversation with Bryant with both of us laughing like fools, no matter how we started (and you know we could start ugly and frustrated on PCU sometimes!) Just seeing Bryant on the floor for a weekend shift could make my day - once I saw he was working, I knew I'd be over there for at least a few minutes of "decompression" before he left for the day!!! What a gift for us all to know him! After this tremendous sadness and even anger passes, it'll be what I carry with me with gratitude. I keep your family in my thoughts & wish you the peace you deserve, you silly, sweet, beautiful friend.

Sam Simmons

September 9, 2019

So sorry to hear of Bryant's passing. Sending my deepest sympathy to Jonathan and all of Bryant's family and friends.

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