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Truman Williams

December 17, 1948 ~ April 6, 2018 (age 69)

Mr. Truman Williams, 69, passed away on April 6, 2018. He was born December 17, 1948 in Swansea, S.C.  Truman attended Beenston Public School in Columbia, S.C. Truman, joined Job Corp in his early adulthood and moved to Rockford, IL.                 

Truman worked at National Gray Iron Foundry, Cat Fish City, Gunite Corporation, Swedish American Hospital, and the Metro Center. He was the first and longest serving employee to ever work at and the Metro Center. He retired from the Rockford Park District.

Truman liked to work on cars coming to be known as a “jack of all trades.” He also loved fishing and bike riding, was an avid sportsman, helped with coaching kids and he loved to tell jokes.

Truman was one of the most gentle of souls that God ever created. Most who knew him came to learn that he had a soft heart and would go out of his way to help anyone. Truman Williams was a loving man, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and a dependable friend to those who knew and loved him. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

Truman visited the Church of the Eleventh Hours Saints, Jerusalem, along with Living Faith Tabernacle in Rockford, IL and professed a faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Truman was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Mobley Durant (June 1978) and Grandmother, Louise Crumpton (February 1996).

Those left to cherish his memory: His former wife, Valerie Patterson-Miller; Sons, Vance Patterson Sr. (Rockford, IL), Moses Williams (Rockford, IL), Keren Williams (Winston Salem, NC) and Celia Joy Williams (Winston Salem, NC); Sister, Ruthie Lyons (Winston Salem, NC) and Niece, Sheila Walker (Winston Salem, NC).  He had 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and special granddaughters Miah and Kiella Patterson. Special acknowledgment to his living partner, Kay Taylor, former brother-in-law, Willie Nash, and friends Duck Duckworth and “Claudy,” and a host of relatives in Swansea, SC, Winston Salem, NC and friends in Rockford, IL. 


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