Jay D. Williams, Sr. SchenectadyJay D. Williams, Sr., 61, of Schenectady, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Ellis Hospital. Born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 21, 1951, he was the son of the late Oliver and Mary Lott Williams. His family moved to the area when Jay was a young child, and he was raised locally, one of eight children. For over 15 years, Mr. Williams was employed in the maintenance department at Albany Medical Center. He also worked for the Times Union newspaper in the photography department. Jay completed his professional career with 31 years of service for The Golub Corporation. Jay was a jack of all trades, putting his heart into all that he did. He enjoyed gardening and writing poetry. Jay had a passion for music. Not only did he write music, but he would also DJ for private events. Mr. Williams is survived by his loving wife, Darlene Bradford-Williams, whom he married on December 31, 2010. In addition to his parents, Jay was predeceased by three sisters, Magnolia Donley, Clairel Williams, and Grace Williams. Survivors include his sons, Jay D. (Monique) Williams Jr., Florida, Lamonte (Tanesha) Williams, N.Y.C.; daughters, Yvette (Clarence) Williams Davis, Florida, Jaysha Williams, New York, Jayvanua Williams, New York, Donja Williams, New York; brothers, Arthur Sonny Williams, California and Ronald Ronnie Grier, New York; sisters, Mary Ruth (Charles) Carter, New York and Ollie Williams, California; also 15 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at The Everlasting Life Church of God in Christ, 1609 Avenue A, Schenectady. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Albany. Visitation will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Light's Funeral Home. To express condolences visit www.sbfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013