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Gerald Maurice Williams

Albion

Gerald Maurice Williams, 70, of Albion completed his journey to a better place on September 14, 2013, after a brief illness at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson, Michigan.

Gerald was born September 6, 1943.  He was the second son of Willie Mack (Jack) and Beatrice (Cousin Bea Mercer) Williams of Laurel, Mississippi.  He joined St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church where he attended Sunday School, Bible School and Church services with other family members.  He later joined the St. Elmo's Boy Scout Organization as Patrol Leader of Troop #70.  This provided a spark for his many leadership qualities.  While in Albion, Gerald attended Crossroads Christian Center in Jackson, Michigan.

In the south side section of Laurel, Gerald was always considered the leader whenever neighborhood groups organized local teams for playing basketball or football.  He was usually the captain, coach, or leading player of the neighborhood teams and highly talented in scoring the most goals.  He was "respected" in applying and teaching the basic fundamental of their sports.  It was an unwritten rule if you wanted to have the winning side that Gerald either had to be the player or coach of your team!   The neighborhood guys looked to Gerald as "Mr. Rock Steady" for positive advice and solid counseling for improving their lifestyles on and off the field.   He was a six-footer with a heavy-set frame, always down to earth with his infectious laugh. He was widely known by his nickname "Pound/LB", who enjoyed "kicking it" and "shooting the breeze" with his many friends and comrades found on any block in the various sections of Laurel.

Gerald graduated from Oak Park High School in his home town of Laurel, MS.  He attended Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Science.  He completed post graduate work at the University of Tennessee.  He was called to serve his country where he was an Army Specialist.   Upon his discharge from the Army he worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C. until 1971.  He later employed at the Federal Center in Battle Creek, Michigan in the Defense Logistic Department until his retirement.

In 1970, at his sister's wedding, he met the love of his life, Eddie Ruth his wife of 42 years.  They settled in the town of Albion, Michigan and later to this union was born two daughters, Alycia and Tara.

Gerald lovingly and passionately assisted in coaching Albion High School girls' and boys' basketball athletes for approximately 30 years.  His special skill as statistician allowed him to personally touch the lives of many people in the Albion Community.

Gerald leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Eddie Ruth, two daughters; Alycia (Lorenzo-deceased) Marshall, Battle Creek, MI; Tara (Alandris) Thompson, Phoenix, AZ; two brothers: Mack (Maria) Williams Rowlett, Texas; Al (Virginia) Williams, Summit, New Jersey; one sister: Karen /Nannee (John) Artis, East Chicago, IN; one uncle, Walter Mercer, Tallahassee, FL; Godchildren: McKenzie Artis Willis, Austye Ducan, and Jiavon Hancock.  A special life-long friend: John Allen comegys, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, September 20, 2013 from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, Michigan 49224.  Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 12:00 (Noon) at the Bethel Baptist Church, 523 Washington Street, Albion, Michigan 49224 with Pastor Tony Jackson officiating.  Visitation  one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be at Albion Memory Gardens.

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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Sept. 18 to Sept. 19, 2013
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