Rev. Frank E. Williams, Jr., 70, husband of Thomas Lewis Williams, departed this earthly life on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at his home in Sumter. Born October 8, 1952 in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Frank E. Williams, Sr. and Magnolia Robinson Williams. He received his formal education in the Sumter School System. He continued his education at Benedict College, Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. His love for funeral service led him to Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service Atlanta, GA, where he earned a Diploma in Funeral Service Sciences in 1976. He was a member of the funeral service’s academic Fraternity Pi Sigma ETA. Frank Jr. accepted Christ at an early age and joined Shepherd United Methodist Church. Later he joined Rafting Creek Missionary Baptist Church. While a member of Rafting Creek, he heard and accepted the call from Christ to preach the Gospel. From that call, he founded Faith Missionary Baptist Church, where he pastored faithfully. As a community leader, Frank Jr. served on the Sumter County Council, representing District 5 for more than 12 years. He was a member and served as Worshipful Master of Catchall Masonic Lodge #425. He also received his 33rd Degree. As a funeral director, he served his community of Sumter and the State of South Carolina for years. Frank Jr. made his mark on Sumter County by being the youngest funeral director in Sumter County in 1976 and the youngest person to serve on County Council. He believed in being active in his community locally and nationally. He participated in the Million Man March in 1995. His biggest community project was the erection of the statue honoring President Luns C. Richardson of Morris College. This project was truly dear to his heart. His sincere prayer was that God would spare his life to see the erection of the statue and He did. The joy of Frank, Jr.’s life was spending time fishing with his father and favorite cousin, John W. “Sunny” Williams. He loved his children in his own way. He was blessed with his son, Marcus at a young age. After marrying the former Thoma Lewis, he was blessed with a daughter, Brooke and two more sons, Frank III and Wesley. Frank Jr. valued friendship the most and worked with some of his closest friends at the funeral home. He loved his friends like brothers and cherished his family. Frank Jr. leaves behind a devoted wife of 40 years, Thoma Lewis Williams; three sons, Frank E. (Courtney) Williams III, Thomas Wesley Williams and Marcus (Cheryl) Evans; one daughter, M. Brooke Williams; two grandchildren, Nova Imani Williams and Malik Rivers; one brother, Rev. Dr. J. Elbert Williams; two sisters, Rev. Donnell (John) Miller and Sandra Williams, and a host of other relatives and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home. The family will receive family and friends from 2:00 p. m. – 6:00 p. m., Saturday, October 15, 2022, in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Sunday, October 16, 2022, Morris College Auditorium, 100 West College Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Bennie Colclough, pastor of Providence Christian Church, Manning, Eulogist, the Rev. Melvin Mack, pastor of Rafting Creek Baptist Church, Rembert, presiding. The procession will leave the home at 1:30 p. m. Burial will be in the Unity Memorial Garden, 274 Lachicotte Road, Camden.
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