We cried when you passed away, we still cry today.
Although we loved you dearly, we couldn’t make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard-working hands at rest.
God broke our heart to prove to us.
He only takes the BEST.
Lawrence Douglas Williams Sr. was born on October 26, 1948 in Tipton, Oklahoma, to his parents, James D. Williams and Dorothy M. Franklin. He was the first born in the family. He was raised surrounded by his brother, Jerry, and his sister, Linda. As a child, the family remembers that he stuttered when he spoke, but he loved playing football. He had several nicknames growing up to include “Jack Rabbit, Goat, and Basil.” He received his early education in Denver, where he graduated from Manuel High School.
Lawrence enlisted in the United States Air Force. While serving his country, he was stationed at Castle Air Force Base in California during Vietnam. He served with honor and distinction and was honorably discharged.
Lawrence had his oldest children, Antoinette and Troy. He later married, Peggy McCoy, and to that union, two children LaShonda, and Lawrence, Jr. He then wed, Venessa Vinson in Denver, where they first met. He loved the quality time shared with his family. Lawrence was later blessed with ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren, all were an additional source of joy and pride in his life.
By profession, Lawrence was employed by RTD as a Quality Assurance Representative. He was hard-working, dedicated, and performed his duties with a spirit of excellence. In his free time, he enjoyed reading and playing racquetball. He enjoyed the time shared with his longtime friend, Bill Lipscomb.
Lawrence was a fun-loving man, who enjoyed life and those he encircled. He was loving, caring, very neat, and laid back.
He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have missed this quiet, loving, ladies’ man. To know Lawrence was to love him.
Lawrence Douglas Williams, Sr, departed this life on March 1, 2022, in Aurora, Colorado. Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his loss include his wife, Venessa Vinson Williams; 2 sons, Troy A. (Lori) Mackey, and Lawrence D. (Lizeth) Williams, Jr; 2 daughters, Antoinette D. (Jerome) Edmonds, and LaShonda Y. Williams; his mother, Dorothy M. Poindexter; 1 sister, Linda Qualls; 10 grandchildren: Ashleigh, Mikkailah, Marlaynna, Nayllonei, Ericka, Jerome III, Jervuante’, Marshay, Nyah and Isiah; 5 great grandchildren: Asenya, Apollo, Matisyn, Mylei and Myelle , and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.