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Obituary: In Memory of John Junior Williams

John Junior Williams 1944 - 2015

John Junior Williams
1944 – 2015

John Junior Williams was born to Ceasar and Della Jackson Williams on November 7, 1944 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  Reared in Carteret, N.J., John was a product of the Carteret Public School System, and as a young man joined the People’s AME Zion Church of Carteret.  Also in his youth John had the fortune of meeting the love of his life Barbara Anne Graham whom he joined in holy matrimony on December 21, 1963.

John possessed a sense of personal as well as civic responsibility.  He considered it a great honor to dutifully serve as a volunteer fireman for the City of Perth Amboy and was employed by Celotex Corporation for many years until retirement.  His life exemplified the refrain “Work Hard, Play Hard”.  One of his greatest pleasures in life was the opportunity to provide for his family.  John worked seemingly tirelessly, definitely proudly to provide Christmas mornings rivaling most toy stores, college educations, automobiles, and for every supplication expressed by a house full of strong, intelligent, and privileged women.

Equally important to the charge of providing for his family, John understood life was indeed to be relished.  He was often found playing pool and basketball, hosting cookouts, pool parties, and dinners for friends and family alike.  Furthermore, John was well known for his proclivity to secure bargains at Englishtown Flea market, and most emphatically his delight of the entertainment and attractions offered in Atlantic City, NJ.  After retirement John and Barbara enjoyed myriad cruises and travel opportunities both domestically and internationally.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his son Brian Williams, sisters Mattie Swinson and Anna Mae Perry, and brothers Ruffies Williams and Ceasar Williams.

John leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 51 years Barbara Graham Williams, two daughters, Melanie Williams of Four Oaks, NC and Jasmine Williams of Perth Amboy, NJ, one precious granddaughter, Brianna Janine Williams of Perth Amboy, NJ, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family.


For as the sun is set in space
And drops of water fall,
And as we live there has to be
A power over all.
No earthly science can explain
The secret of a breath,
But only by the Will of God
Can there be life or death.

Lovingly Submitted,
-The Family-


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