Douglas Wade Williams, the first child of Clinton and Florence Albert Williams, was born on September 23, 1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was shy, yet outgoing and had a great sense of humor.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He graduated from Harmony Grove High School in 1977, where he excelled as a student and athlete. Curious and excited about the possibilities of a life outside of Arkansas, Doug enlisted in the US Navy. His career with the Navy spanned 20 years until retirement.
He later returned to Camden to be closer to his family, acquaintances and community which had first inspired him to seek out a well-rounded and fulfilling life. He rededicated himself as a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was no stranger to hard work and taught his children that nothing in life is free; hard work pays off. He worked as a quality assurance inspector for Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) in Camden for 5 years until his passing.
In addition to being a hard worker, Doug was a family man. He enjoyed the simple pleasures that life offered. He was an outstanding father; who supported his children and made many sacrifices to ensure that they were equipped to face the challenges of life.
His pilgrimage on this earth was humble, modest and fulfilling. Being from the south, fishing and camping became a favorite pastime. He enjoyed R&B music, video games and the Oakland Raiders. Doug loved animals and had an infinity for horseback riding and caring for his dogs. Doug was all for family and found no greater love than that of his family. His favorite times were family gatherings where he ate, took a nap and then took his great nieces and nephews for horseback rides and to feed the horses.
His life was rewarding, full, and blessed. On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, he slipped the bonds of this life for a life in eternity. His independent spirit, iron will, and strong character will never be duplicated, but leaves an impression on the lives of those he touched and enriched along this life’s journey.
He was preceded in passing by his parents, Clinton and Florence Albert Williams; his grandparents Walter and Ruthie McCree, Joseph Williams, and Linnie Mae Albert; a sister-in-law Kelly Williams; a nephew Jeremy Lara, and one great nephew, Landon Williams.
A lifetime of love and memories will be forever felt by his children: Tasha Williams of Richmond, VA, Tiera Williams of Laurel, MD, and Keenan Williams of Miami, FL; sisters, Valerie (Travis) Wilson of Camden, AR and Sharon Sherman of Camden, AR; two brothers, Clinton Williams of Camden, AR and Tony (Stefanie) Williams of Memphis, TN; aunts, Catherine Harper of Little Rock, AR, Susie Pass of Milwaukee, WI and Ester Manley of Cleveland, OH; uncles, Otie (Patricia) Furlow, Jr., of Kansas City, KS and Ivory (Sandra) Albert of Cleveland, OH. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, co-workers and friends.
Public visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. Williams Funeral Home Van Buren in Camden, Arkansas. The family will receive family and friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church, 2889 Hwy 79, Camden. A celebration of his life will be shared on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. James Scott, eulogist. Interment will be a Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of Williams Funeral Home Van Buren in Camden, Arkansas. Sign the guestbook online at www.funeralsatwilliams.com