Robert Earl Williams
March 13, 1947 - December 15, 2020
Robert Earl Williams was born March 13, 1947 in Seattle, WA to the union of Calvin Williams Sr. and Valena Downs. Robert went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 15, 2020. He was the youngest of four children.
He was a longtime member and Deacon of Greater Revival, C.O.G.I.C. (New Life C.O.G.I.C.). He was a helper at heart and a true testament of Ecclesiastes 9:10, whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do with thy might. He participated in many services, read scripture, sang songs, and would drive the church van to pick up the Elders and Mothers of the church. Robert’s passion for God was visible in the way he walked, talked, and interacted with others.
He went to Garfield High School and attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Robert was an avid basketball player throughout his youth and college years. He continued his passion for basketball by becoming a teacher of the game to many by working at Collins Playfield on Yesler. He also worked at Rainier Recreation Center as an administrator for many years and was well known in the community. He then went on to work at Highpoint Community Center in West Seattle.
Robert had many duties and responsibilities at the recreational centers. He enjoyed working, being around people, and creating different activities for all ages. Creativity was the essence of who he was, and it often displayed in his poems, scavenger hunts, and carnivals for the children. Since basketball was one of his passions, he often taught men, women, and children basketball skills. He also refereed many youth basketball games. His life impacted many people and in different ways.
Although life is not without struggles, he did battle with multiple sclerosis from an early age, but his faith prevailed, and he continued to rely on God for strength until the very last of his days. He was known to pray and speak about God even while living in an assisted care facility. His condition, nor his circumstances kept him bound and did not stop him from sharing the Good News of the Gospel to those around him. Robert was loved and respected by everyone.
While many have contributed to the life of Robert Earl, it is with gratitude for his long-time friend and Sensei, Robert H. Williams. A special thank you to Robert Delgado who also was a dedicated friend and of service throughout his life.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Calvin Sr. and Valena Williams; brother-in-law William Gardner Jr.; aunt and uncle, Thomas L. and Christine O. Joe; niece, Tina Marie Bell; son-in-law, Joseph Lee Gibson Jr.; and several aunts and uncles from the south.
His memory will never be forgotten; he is survived by one sister, Odessa Gardner; and two brothers, Calvin (Roberta) Williams Jr., and Louis A. Williams, all of Seattle, WA.
He leaves to cherish his memory five adult children LaShaunda (David) Williams-Ryles, Robin Williams, Sonelle Williams, Kellen Williams, and Marc Williams; eight grandchildren De’Cenio Wakgira, De’Shon Williams, Mekhi Edwards, Jaiden Williams, Jonah Gibson, Skye Kizart, Kinsey Kizart, and Kellyn Riley Williams. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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