Raymond Curtis Williams

Raymond Curtis Williams, 55, was sent to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 25, 2013. He was born to Francis and Ruth Williams Nov. 17, 1957, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Fairbanks.
He attended University Park Elementary School, Main and Lathrop High School. 
Throughout the years, he worked as a mechanic. He was a very skilled auto body repairman and a member of the Laborers Union.
He will be remembered for the great love and compassion he had for his family, friends and all those he came in contact with. He was a lighthearted person who enjoyed being around others. As the eldest of seven, it was his duty to tease his younger siblings, giving them all their own nicknames. That trait carried over into adulthood as he continued the tradition with his sons, nieces and nephews.
He accepted Jesus as his Savior at a young age and maintained an ongoing prayer life. He always knew help was just a prayer away. His faith never wavered even through hard times. With a willing smile, he was a great encourager to all his friends.
He had a tremendous amount of love for his family, especially his three sons, nieces and nephews, as well as animals. 
He is survived by his mother and father, Ruth and Francis Williams; his sons, Paul, Cory and Christopher Williams; their mother, Carol; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Francis Williams Jr., Ron and Tracey Williams, and Sharon Kempen; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Teresa and Mike Miller, Leah Benson, Ava and Mark Stoneman, Dennis Benson and Rudy Kempen; his beloved nieces and nephews, Luke and Denae Benson, Marissa Williams, Ashley and Ryan Williams, Tristan, Trevor and Tyler Stoneman and Kyle Williams; and his two great-nieces, Amirah Moran Wiggins and Lainey Marie Benson. He also left many other relatives and friends.
Though his passing was unexpected, we grieve for ourselves but not for Raymond, for he is now with the Lord and his little brother, Randall Corey Williams, who left us Feb. 22, 2007. Two pieces of our hearts are now in heaven and we look forward to the day when we are reunited.
A visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, followed by a funeral service at 2:30 p.m. After the service there will be a potlatch at the tribal hall; please bring a dish to share. Burial will take place during spring at Northern Lights Memorial Park.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.

Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 2, 2013