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Joseph "Little Joe" Williams

June 1, 1950 ~ March 13, 2019 (age 68)

His Journey

Joseph “Little Joe” Williams Sr., age 68, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at home.  He was born in Trenton, Tennessee on June 1, 1950.  He later moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana to be raised by his grandmother, Emmer Bell Williams and two aunts, Ann Smith and Bonnie Stephens after the passing of his mother.

 

In 1969, he graduated from Central High School.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1974 and completed his Master of Arts in Education at Ball State University in 1996.  He was near completion of his Doctoral degree upon his passing.

 

He was member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and Summit Church.

 

His past teaching positions included Cornerstone Christian Preparatory School, where he was instrumental in the start up and Fort Wayne Community Schools where he retired from as an Educator in 2007.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruthie L. Williams; grandmother, Emmer Bell Williams; two special aunts, Ann Smith and Bonnie Stephens; raised as a brother, Gregory Allen Hatch and granddaughter, Jayzua Brooks.

 

His legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he met.  He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Peggy Williams; children, Crystal (Jeffrey) Davis, Raquel Jones-Kelly (Marcus), Alisa Brooks, Kia (Ramon) Jones, Jason Brooks, Dr. Joseph (Lynnette) Williams Jr., and Dr. Zuri Williams; his father, Albert L. Jordan; his siblings, James Paul (Callie) Williams, Jackie Jordan, Jay Jordan and Jaron Jordan; his brothers in spirit, Willie (Maxine) Smith, and Sam Hatch; his grandchildren, Courtney Brooks, Kirsten Davis, Geoffrey Brooks, Jeffrey Davis, II, Jordan Brooks, Kennedy Davis, Ryan Kelly, Desiree Schmidt, Jayveaun Brooks, Jaylyne Brooks, Jayana Brooks, and Ryleigh Jo Williams-Foster;  great-grandchildren, Jeremiah and Ayanna Lewis; brothers-in-law, Frederick (Geraldine) Stephens, Gregory (Sharon) Stephens, Shelton (Nina) Stephens, and Curtis Stephens; sisters-in-law, Diana (Arnold) Scruggs and Gwendolyn (Lewis) Poindexter, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

 

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