Larry Williams received his early education in the public school system of Emanuel County and graduated from Swainsboro High School where he played football, ran cross country, sprinted in track and field, and loved weightlifting. After graduating high school, Larry married Annie J. Williams on August 3, 1984, in Swainsboro, Georgia, and the couple were blessed with a stepson, Joshia Butler, and together they had four children, Nicholas Williams, Katrina W. Luke, Christopher Williams, and Berine W. Miller. Larry was a long-time employee at Keller Ladders in Swainsboro, Georgia. After the closing of Keller’s, he joined the team at Swainsboro Handi-House Manufacturing Company until he retired in September of 2005.
Bro. Larry was a member of McLeod Covenant Baptist Church in Swainsboro, Georgia. He diligently served as a trustee and usher of his church. Larry’s passion for landscaping was evident by the way he kept the grounds of McLeod. His desire to serve the Lord could be seen each Sunday by the upkeep of the sanctuary. This loyal disciple rose early each 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday to make sure his home church was ready for service. His pastor, Dr. Rev. Robert Fullwood, knew that Larry was only a phone call away and ready to serve.
Some people knew him as Singing Larry while others called him Running Larry. However, his wife, children, and grands knew him best as a great provider, a wonderful husband, and an amazing father. He enjoyed spending time with his children (going for walks, playing basketball, riding bikes, and telling stories of his childhood). He also enjoyed fishing and had a dynamic sense of humor. Larry enjoyed making others laugh by telling jokes and creating nicknames that stuck with them for life. Larry also spent time helping others in need. Anytime someone needed a tow, a tire change, or lawn care, he was only a call away. Larry was a jack of all trades and could fix or rig anything. He was always dependable, reliable, and he never complained about being too tired to help his family.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories: his wife of 38 years, Annie Jean Williams of Swainsboro, Georgia; sons, Joshia Butler (Sabrina) of Savannah, Georgia, Nicholas Williams of North Dakota, and Christopher Williams (Elbony) of Statesboro, Georgia; daughters, Katrina Williams Luke of Statesboro, Georgia, and Berine Renee Miller (Shelton); grandchildren, Nykira, Jadalyin, Nikala, Nevaeh, Ashley, Tykita, Katlynn, Jace, R’reyana, Lauren, Kenan, Ryliegh, Zoey, and Josh; great-grandchild, Teyana; siblings, Mary Wicker of Augusta, Georgia, George Wicker, Jr. of Bushnell, Florida, James Williams of Augusta, Georgia, Kim Williams of Sylvania, Georgia, Robert Hannah of Jacksonville, Florida, Tony Hannah of Atlanta, Georgia, and Bobby Joe Williams of Florida; aunts, uncles, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends