Larry Bruce Williams – an easygoing, caring, generous, fun-loving man with a friendly personality and magnetic spirit. He was known as Larry to most of his family. Friends knew him as Bruce. He was a gentle giant with a big heart.
After experiencing a long, debilitating illness, Larry departed this life Friday, November 19, 2021 at his home with his wife, Harriet, at his bedside.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 450 Oak Grove Road, Sandersville, Georgia with Rev. Cecil Moore officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Larry was born May 9, 1950 in Sandersville, Georgia to the parentage of the late Dr. Elmus W. Williams and Lois D. Haynes Williams. He was the second of four children born to this union. At an early age, he joined Oak Grove Baptist Church.
He was educated in the Washington County School System. Larry played on the basketball team in high school. He was a member of the marching band where he played tenor saxophone. Larry graduated from T.J. Elder High School in 1968.
Larry furthered his education by attending Fort Valley State College (University) where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. He moved to Atlanta after graduating college and soon obtained employment with Kmart.
On March 31, 1978, Larry married Harriet A. Rolling. To this union was born a precious daughter, Briana Caron.
After leaving Kmart, he later became employed with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) where he retired after twenty-two years of service. Following retirement from MARTA, he worked a few other jobs in transportation services.
A lover of sports, watching college and professional basketball and football games on television was one of his favorite pastimes. He would often engage in a game of basketball with friends on his home court.
Larry loved spending time with his high school classmates and never missed an opportunity to attend a class gathering, especially the Elderite reunion. Until his health began to fail, he and his friends from college would attend homecoming each year at their alma mater, Fort Valley State University. They became known as The Purple Gang.
Larry was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Ann Gibbs.
He leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted wife, Harriet A. Williams; daughter, Briana and son-in-law, Tony Nelson, of Union City, Georgia; two sisters, Gwendolyn M. White and Elmira Rochelle Washington of Sandersville, Georgia; five sisters-in-law, Cynthia V. Andrews of Sandersville, Georgia; Tommie B. Merritt (William) of East Point, Georgia; Barbara B. Harris of Decatur, Georgia, Sandra Braswell of Conyers, Georgia and Delores Bloodsaw-Nelson (Zachary) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a brother-in-law, Darryl D. Fort (Diane) of McDonough, Georgia; three grandchildren, Jaden, Jordyn and Jahkerria; three great grandchildren; an aunt, Gennie Mae Haynes, of Sandersville, Georgia; an uncle, Vernon Williams of Augusta, Georgia; and an abundance of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He also leaves to cherish his memory a devoted cousin, Mr. James W. Adams and long-time friend, Mr. Thomas Wilcher.
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