In Memory

Roy I. Williams

Roy I. Williams

Roy Isaiah Williams, Sr. , 73, of Springfield, IL, departed this Life at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on October 31, 1941 in Chicago, IL the son of Gaynell Graham Williams and Roy A. Williams. He married Linda Douglas on June 4, 1988 at Monroe Street Christian Church.

Roy was a member of Union Baptist Church. He graduated from Lanphier High School where he lettered in basketball and football. He worked for the State of Illinois for 35 years and retired in 2002 from the Prison Review Board. He is a member of C. Lee Carey Neighborhood Association, Faith Coalition for the Common Good. He's a former member of One In A Million and Eastside Pride. He was very active politically to make a change on the Eastside.

Roy's loved his wife, Linda, his family, his music, sports and dancing.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Preston McCrary, daughter Rochelle Denise Williams and grandson Lamar D. Crawford.

Roy leaves to cherish his memory: loving and devoted wife of 26 years, Linda Douglas Williams; three sons, Roy I. Williams, Jr. and Michael (Doris) Williams of Springfield, IL and Rodney (Charlotte) Gool of Cordova, TN ; three daughters, Tina (Tony) Crawford, Debra Williams; Donna Sloan and Shaundra Porter all of Springfield, IL; three brothers, Allen E. (Carolyn) Williams of Springfield, Lawrence (Carolyn) Fortenberry of Long Beach, CA and Preston L. (Toni) McCrary of Fort Washington, MD; three sisters, Jackquelee E. (Robert) Sigars and Sandra L. (Donald) Williams-Mosley of Springfield, IL and Chryl A. (Lee I.) McCrary-Temple of Champaign, IL; three sisters-in-law, Patricia Patterson, Betty Williams and Kelly Douglas; two brothers-in-law, Ronald and Rickey Douglas; aunt, Betty Jean Graham; 21 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Monday, February 9, 2015 at Union Baptist Church 1405 East Monroe Street Springfield Illinois 62703 (map/driving directions)

12:00 pm on Monday, February 9, 2015 at Union Baptist Church 1405 East Monroe Street Springfield Illinois 62703 
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA


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02/06/15 01:08 PM #1    

Sharon Lynn Herndon (Hill)

I did not know Roy as a classmate, but I'm very sorry about his death and I offer my deepest sympanthy to his family!

                                              Sharon (Herndon) Hill

02/06/15 01:30 PM #2    

Beverly King (Collins)

I did not know him personally, but recognized him in his highschool picture. 

02/06/15 04:21 PM #3    

John Holderread

I didn't know Roy real well but I do remember what a nice person that he was. I hope and pray that you rest in peace brother! God Bless you and your family!  

02/07/15 08:36 AM #4    

John C. Young

I remember Roy as a hard working basketball team mate. His plate was full as a senior- student, father, and valet at Leland Hotel.

02/07/15 07:02 PM #5    

Jim Birt

     I join with those sending their sympathy and best wishes for his loved one's left behind.  I believe he is in a better place now.  One that we all are moving toward as each day passes.  

     Knowing in my heart he is waking with Jesus,  having shed off all this world's heartaches and missery but now in a state of happyness and bliss.

My prayers go out th his loved ones.

Jim Birt.

02/08/15 06:33 AM #6    

Ronald Schwabe

Roy was a good man, would see him from time to time after high school, he was a dedicated hard working guy who lived his life helping others, he will be missed...


02/11/15 06:14 PM #7    

Lawrence A. (Larry) Wieties

Roy was very athletic and worked hard to make himsef and his teams improve. His jumping ability was unusual for someone of his height Over the years, our paths crossed many times. He was a devoted family man and talented musician. He was also involved in the community. 

02/12/15 09:08 AM #8    

John C. Young

I remember Roy as a hard working, high jumping basketball team mate. As. Senior, his plate was full -student, father, valet at the Leland Hotel.

02/13/15 06:57 AM #9    

Ronald Brooks

To the Williams family I say I am sorry for your loss.  To the community I say you have lost a true friend that cared and will be most difficult to replace.  To the alum of Lanphier I say we have lost another wonderful classmate who always wore a smile and had a hello for everyone.  Thanks for the memories Roy.

Ron Brooks

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