In Loving Memory of Claude Williams Jr.
August 3, 1937 - August 30, 2019
Claude Williams Jr. was born
August 3, 1937, in Marshall, TX into the family of Claude Williams and Ruth Lee
High. Claude was the second of eight children. He was baptized at an early age
at Gainesville Baptist Church.
He moved from Marshall to Dallas, TX where he attended Booker T. Washington High
School and later moved to the community of Como in Fort Worth, TX where he met
and married the love of his life of nearly 62 years, Havoline Nolly. Into this
union, they welcomed a daughter, Carolyn J. Williams and a son, Anthony J.
In December of 1972, Claude relocated his family to Los Angeles, CA. At that
time, he joined Mt. Carmel Holy Assembly Baptist Church under the leadership of
his brother-in-law, Reverend James W. Richardson, where he would occasionally
attend over the years.
Throughout his life, Claude worked as a Job Recruiter for Community Action
Agency (Ft. Worth, TX), Plumber (Ft. Worth, TX and Los Angeles, CA for Hughes
Aircraft) and Custodian (Ft. Worth, TX and Los Angeles, CA). In 2000, Claude
retired as a Custodian from the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Claude was affectionately known to family and friends by multiple names,
including Joe (Joe Louis), Mohawk (Hawk for short), Big Man and Baby. He was
known for giving almost everyone he met a nickname, as well as telling jokes,
sharing recipes and imparting his wisdom through advice. His favorite pastimes
included hunting, fishing and beating his opponents in dominoes. Claude also
delighted in reading, particularly his Bible on a daily basis.
He departed this life on August 30, 2019. Preceding him in death were his
parents, brothers: Alonzo Williams of Dallas, TX, Carl Williams of Pomona, CA;
and sister Shirley Williams of Apple Valley, CA.
He leaves to cherish his many memories, his wife Havoline Williams, children:
Carolyn Miller, and Anthony Williams; grandchildren: Andrew Ross (Porsha),
Creshanda Crockett (Christopher), Terrica Miller, Sterling Miller (Jade);
great-grandchildren: Brezae, Rain, Amire, Canaan, Teal, JourāNee, Charis, Cyan
and Carlyn. He will be sorely missed by his sisters: Frankie Gilmore of Perris,
CA, Roma Womack of Corona, CA, Connie Hill of Dallas, TX, and Blondell Williams
of CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, family members, and friends.