“The Lord Giveth and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
Joseph (Joe) Louis Williams (85) was born in Washington, D.C. He was the last survivor of ten children born to the union of the late Lucille and James Williams.
Joe attended the District of Columbia public schools; then enlisted in the U. S. Navy, when he was 20 years old.
Joe subsequently met and married his sweetheart, Grace Clarke, who also resided in the District of Columbia. His military career took him and his growing family around the world. Following his last duty station in Alaska, Joe returned to the United States Naval Air Station, Glynco, Brunswick, GA (currently the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center – FLETC). After 20 years of military service, Joe retired as an E-7, and made his home in Brunswick, GA.
Never one to sit idle, Joe attended Brunswick Junior College. Like a good neighbor, the proud homeowner might be seen; routinely, tending to his lawn. For several years, he owned and operated the club known as Gilmo’s, a popular gathering spot in the Dixville community. Joe also enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and playing a competitive game of cards, especially Bid Whist. With relatives living around the country, Joe did his fair share of traveling and was ever present at ALL family events.
Joseph Louis Williams departed this life on February 9, 2021. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, James, Jr., Walter, Ernest and Bernard; five sisters, Elizabeth Kinard, Nettie Daffin, Ruth Williams, Dorothy Harris, and Marie Maynor.
A devoted and loving, husband, father and grandfather, Joe leaves to cherish his memories: his beloved wife, Grace Williams; daughter, Angela Edwards (David); sons, George “Geno” Williams (Michelle), Mark Williams, David “DJ” Williams; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; Joe AKA “Bay Boy” AkA “Gilmo” was also truly loved by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Due to the current state of (COVID-19) pandemic and in order to promote social distancing, as ordered by the Governor for the State of Georgia, anyone entering the funeral home for viewing; as well as attending all graveside services must wear a mask. We will also limit the number of persons allowed to enter the funeral home at any given period during the viewing process. We ask that you leave the premise upon exiting the building. The family is most appreciative to each of you for your prayers and considerations during this difficult time in their lives
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