Richard Curtis WilliamsOctober 16, 1947 ~ December 10, 2017 (age 70)
Richard Curtis “Rick” Williams, age 70, of Edgewater, died Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Florida Hospital, New Smyrna Beach.
Born in Fayette, Alabama, to Betty Jean Lindsey Williams and William Curtis Williams on October 16, 1947. Rick graduated from Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, AL and attended Jefferson State Community College.
He and his first wife had two sons, Brian and Jonathan. Everyone knew Rick loved the Alabama Crimson Tide. Rick owns at least 25 Bama shirts and his den is filled with Tide memorabilia. He learned to also love the University of North Carolina Tar Heels because his good friends, Danny and Cheryl Stones grandson was the captain of the football team. Rich thoroughly loved football and NASCAR.
He was employed as a heavy duty truck parts salesman for many years. After coming to Florida, he once again worked in truck part sales. He was also one of only two people in his real estate class to pass the real estate test, he worked for Marriott as a vacation Ownership Salesman for a few years.
Due to health problems, Rick took an early retirement and then volunteered as a math tutor in Joy’s math classes. He loved working with students and they loved him.
He and Joy met in December of 1996 and were married in January 1997. Their first date was a blind date and Rick came as a blind man, with sun glasses and a white cane. Joy told him she was tall with long black hair and looked a lot like Sophia Loren. He ssid he was hoping for a blonde and then took off his glasses and they laughed and talked until Shoney’s closed. They were married a month later on January 17, 1997 and moved to Orlando on Halloween Day the same year.
Rick truely loved the beach and going on cruises. Together, he and Joy went on 35 cruises but had to cancel the last two due to health reasons.
When Joy retired in 2011, they moved to New Smyrna Beach and later to Edgewater. Rick seemed to spend his happiest years here surrounded by many wonderful friends.
Together, he and Joy had 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Rick loved the Lord and had often said he could hardly wait to meet Jesus.
A Celebration of Life will be 12:00 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Edgewater Union Church, 500 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater with Pastor Ned Michael officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Edgewater United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 204 Hubbell Street, Edgewater, FL 32132.