Joseph Harold Williams was born in Panama City, Florida on February 21, 1940. He passed away early in the morning of November 25, 2019, in Orlando, Florida after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He lived his life with love, humor, humility and integrity. He thought deeply and spoke thoughtfully. He expressed patience and kindness, except when driving in bad traffic. He loved Thanksgiving, so it is only appropriate that he would depart at this time of year to join his mother Myrtle, father Phillip, sisters Barbara and Rae, and brothers Phillip Jr. and Jack, at the table to give thanks for a wonderful life.
Joe, as he was known, was many things throughout his life — the baby of his family, a slide trombonist, a graduate of Blountstown High School, a volunteer of the Forestry Service, a member of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a proud graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer who once presented to the Florida State Supreme Court, a rabid Florida Gators fan, a voracious reader, a skilled storyteller, a connoisseur of chocolate, and (by his description) an average golfer.
But first and foremost, he was an adoring husband to his wife Carole, loving father to his son, Andrew, and a proud Papa to his granddaughters, Leela and Priya.
He will be greatly missed and remembered by them, as well as his daughter-in-law, Sarita, his many nieces and nephews, sibling-in-laws, and all of the extended family and friends who loved him so much.
We will honor and celebrate his life on Wednesday, December 4th at Newcomer Funeral Home, 335 E. State Rd 434, Longwood, FL 32750. Visitation begins at 10am, followed by a service at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or VITAS Hospice, in his honor would be greatly appreciated.