PEORIA - Leslie R. Williams Jr., 66, of Peoria, Ill., passed away at 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Heartland Care Center.
Leslie was born on June 20, 1947, in Newport, Ark., to Leslie Sr. and Katie (Hall) Williams.
He graduated from Central High School.
Leslie retired from Caterpillar Inc. after 30 years of service on March 1, 1996.
Leslie is survived by his devoted brother, Joe (Glenda) Williams of Peoria; his loving companion, Clara Reedy of Peoria; special niece, Charlene (Darryl) Seward of Birmingham, Ala.; special aunt, Ernestine Hall of Atlanta, Ga.; special cousin, Arlene Swanson of Peoria; and a host of other relatives, friends and his Ward Chapel AME Church family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Sylvester Williams and the Rev. Jerry Williams.
Leslie was well-loved in the community and was a faithful usher at Ward Chapel AME, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Elaine Walters-Gordon will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ward Chapel AME Breakfast Ministry.
Simons Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.
Online condolences maybe made to simonsmortuary.com.