SUMMERVILLE -- Jack Ronald “Ron” Williams Jr., 75, of Summerville, husband of Jani Williams, passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. He was born Dec. 10, 1943, in Orangeburg, son of Carrie Louise Sandel Williams and Jack Ronald Williams Sr.
In high school, he earned an Eagle Scout award. He excelled in sports, lettering in basketball and football. He was center on the Orangeburg High School basketball team, where his nickname was "Oldsmo.” In 1961, he was chosen to play on the S.C. football team in the Shrine Bowl, which was comprised of all stars from S.C. and N.C. The South Carolina team won the game 24-0. He was on the high school track team in 1962 when they won the state championship. Ron graduated in the class of 1962 from Orangeburg High, where he was president of the senior class and voted friendliest in his senior class. He was described by classmates as outgoing and always smiling. He received a four-year scholarship to play basketball at Erskine College, where his nickname was "J-Bird." After graduation from Erskine, Ron worked in human relations. He retired after 25 years as personnel director at the Coastal Center in Ladson. Some of his current passions were music, history trivia and Clemson football. He was an avid bridge player and enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing and attending Clemson football games. He and his wife volunteered their time in music ministry, playing their guitars and singing at various churches as well as being leaders in Via de Cristo retreats on a statewide level. They also volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He was a member of Kiwanis Club when he lived in Orangeburg. At St. Luke's Lutheran Church, he was on the Praise Team, where he was a member.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Jani (Roush) Williams; a sister, Caroline Bridgers (Sandy) of Savannah, Georgia; a son, Ronnie Williams of Mount Pleasant; two grandsons, Christopher Andrew Williams of Mount Pleasant and Blake Alexander Richardson (Sarah) of Weaverville, North Carolina; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Louis Wayne Williams.
A memorial service celebrating Ron's life will be held Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Summerville. Visitation is at the church at 10 a.m., with the service at 11 a.m. After the service, there will be a reception in the fellowship hall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society or St. Luke's Capital Campaign.
A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at www.jamesadyal.com.
Arrangements are by James A. Dyal Funeral Home, 303 S. Main St., Summerville (843-873-4040).