Robert Lowery Williams
June 18th 1962 - June 25th, 2013
West Hollywood, California
A celebration of the life of Robert "Robby" Williams will be held on July 8th, 5-8 pm at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport, MS 39507. There will be a presentation by Robby's family at 6 pm highlighting his beautiful life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a donation in Robby's name to the WINGS Performing Arts Program at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.
Born in the sixties, raised in the seventies and a survivor of the eighties, Robby was a true modern American. He is one of five children belonging to Bob and Flo Williams and, growing up, family life was a constant adventure. As a child, Robby could be found attempting to make Coca Cola from scratch and getting his kid sister to, regrettably, drink it. Rocking a "Turtleman" costume for Halloween is not an easy task, but Robby did it with style. These were just early signs of Robby harnessing his innate desire to entertain those around him.
Robby's teen years were a mixture of self-discovery, friendships, pop music and his many performances in the Gulfport High School theatre. Soon Robby began dreaming of pursuing his love of theatre as a career and after graduating as valedictorian - he attended Millsaps College to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre.
Some of Robby's professional highlights are being a founder of Shakespeare in the Park Festival in Jackson, Mississippi, attending The Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Master of Fine Arts Program on full scholarship and performing in over 40 productions throughout the U. S. His film appearances include Boys on the Side and Forrest Gump.
His greatest professional achievement was writing his critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, An Appalachian Twelfth Night. Robby's adaptation received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nomination, as well as rave reviews and Critic's Pick from The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Curtain Up, Backstage West, Show Magazine, and Entertainment.
However, the most important thing Robby will be remembered for is being a giver. A giver of constant laughter, home-cooked meals, smart advice, long phone calls, tacky Christmas gifts, hysterical web videos, and always, unconditional love. Although a tragic car accident took Robby away from this life far too early, his loved ones know he is already busy making heaven laugh.
Robby is survived by his parents Bob and Flo Williams, his siblings Kathy Holthouser, Lynn Weinberger, Michelle Casano and Joseph Williams, his nieces Rachel Maurer and Melissa Weinberger, his nephews Coleton Casano and Royce Weinberger, his grandmother Marjorie Williams, many other loving relatives and the love of his life, his life partner of 18 years, Sean Galuszka.
Published in The Sun Herald from June 28 to June 29, 2013