Donnie Joe Williams
1932 - 2021
Donnie Joe Williams
Born: January 24, 1932
Died: August 24, 2021
Donnie Joe Williams, of Bonita Springs, passed away on August 24th at the age of 89. Joe and his twin brother Jimmie were born to Frank and Essie Williams at their family's home on January 24, 1932, in Joplin, MO. He and his wife Shirley and their five children lived in the DeKalb/Sycamore, IL area for over three decades. Joe owned and operated BPT/Williams Freight Systems and Mo-Joe Airfreight in DeKalb, IL. Joe and Shirley were founding members of the DeKalb Christian Church and were very active in their church community. In his retirement years, Joe was a member and Elder at Anchor Christian Church in Bonita Springs, FL.
Joe met his wife Shirley Ann Leeka during 7th grade in their hometown of Joplin, MO. Joe and Shirley joined in marriage on July 29, 1950, and were married for 62 years. Joe was a United States veteran, serving in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was stationed at OHare Field. Joe was also a sports fan, and he especially enjoyed watching football. He played football in high school, and his favorite team was the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed watching old Western movies, especially the ones starring John Wayne. He also discovered his love for animals in his later years, and he enjoyed having his dog Buddy and grand-dog Delilah as his companions.
Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife Shirley Ann (Leeka) Williams, sister Billie Ruth Turner, brother Charles Williams, grandson Christopher Sanderson, and son-in-law, Kim Wynn.
He is survived by his twin brother, Jimmie Williams, his five children, David Williams, Doug Williams, Lee Ann Sanderson, Linda (Felix) Gooding and Drew (Tina) Williams, his eight grandchildren, Derek (Alicia), Lindsay (Cory), Daniel, Arianne (Will), Elizabeth (Sam), Kimmie, Tyler (Zhenja) and Carson, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and caretaker Joann Shelquist.
Joe was known for his unique sense of humor and colorful personality. He lived his life just like the Frank Sinatra song he loved so much, My Way. He will not be forgotten.
Due to the pandemic, the family will have a private memorial and interment at Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joe's honor can be made to the American Humane Society (

Published by The MidWeek News from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2, 2021.
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