Donell Williams

Died: Fri., Jan. 18, 2013


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 26, 2013
Location: Olivet Missionary Baptist Church

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Jan. 26, 2013
Location: Olivet Missionary Baptist Church

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Deacon Donnell ‘Big Daddy’ Williams, 63 years old departed this life in Indianapolis, In. on Friday,     January 18, 2013.
Donnell Williams was born on January 18, 1950 in Tupelo, MS. The first born of James Williams and Lillie M. Maupins.
Donnell Williams attended Indiana Vocational Technical College, majoring in Mathematics. He served in the United States Navy.
Donnell Williams married Edith Gilmore and to the union of love, one son was born.
Donnell Williams worked for many years at Tradewinds Rehabilitation Center in various Shipping, Clerical and payroll positions and retired as the Assistant Director of Adult Rehabilitation in Gary, Indiana.
Big Daddy was a humorous, fun-loving man with a quick wit and warm personality. Big Daddy was a       devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother (mother), Deacon and friend.
Donnell Williams was baptized at Mount Bayou Missionary Baptist Church in Verona, Mississippi at the age of 10. As a longtime resident of Gary, Indiana, Deacon Williams was a member of Christ Baptist Church. Upon relocating to Indianapolis Big Daddy and Edith “Suga Momma” joined Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Wayne Moore. Deacon        Williams served as a Sunday School Teacher and Dean of Sunday School where he worked closely with the         children. Big Daddy loved the children and they loved Big Daddy. He had a way of lifting people’s spirits and being inspirational to everyone he encountered. In a moment of reflection, Big Daddy recalls attending Sunday school at Christ Baptist Church. The adult Sunday school class was regularly held in the choir stand but Big Daddy could not attend that class. Brother Williams instead attended the Deacons’ class which met in the sanctuary. While studying with the Deacons of the church for several years, Bro. Williams was inspired to become a Deacon. After   becoming a member of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Wayne Moore saw his faithfulness to God and desire to serve and Ordained Big Daddy as  Deacon on April 28, 2002.
Big Daddy leaves to cherish his memory his       devoted and adoring wife, Edith, who lovingly cared for him until his passing, son, Eden, East Chicago, granddaughter, Priya Elese, Atlanta, mother, Lillie M. Maupins, Minnesota, brother Jackie Williams, Indianapolis, brother, Dennie Williams (Angie) Minnesota, sister/daughter Lillie Michelle Big Shell Williams, Minnesota, brother –in-law Fred Gilmore, Gary, sister-in-law Debra Gilmore, Houston, sister-in-law Argusta (Robert) Bennett, East Chicago, sister-in-law/daughter, Marcella Christophe (Clifford), Houston, cousin/sister Roszetta Edwards, California, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and Olivet Church family.
Big Daddy is preceded in death by his father James Williams; brother, James ‘Cadillac’ Williams, and sister, Linda Williams.


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Vernette Lewis
   Posted Fri January 25, 2013
I am praying for you Sister Edith. I pray that God gives you
strength and comfort in the days ahead. It is hard to lose
someone you love and have been with for a long time.
But God will never leave you and will wrap you in his arms
when you feel the lowest.
Know that I love you and am only a phone call away and will
continue to pray for you and your family.
Love Sister Vernette

Archie L Thomas
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
Although it's been a little more than two months since Big Daddy went away to be with the Lord, Lois and I would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to Edith. We know that he is missed and we are praying that the Lord will continue to bring you comfort.

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