Thursday, February 12, 2009

OBT: Earlie Williams III

Earlie Williams III

KERRVILLE — Earlie Williams III, age 55, a lifelong resident of Kerrville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at his residence.

He was born May 22, 1953, in Big Lake, Texas, to Earlie Williams Jr. and Patricia Mae Corner Williams.

Earlie was the owner and operator of Big Earl’s Bar B Que and Solid Gold Night Club in Kerrville. He was a member of the 1968-69 state champion basketball team of Tivy High School. He also was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughters, Vanessa Jeanette Williams of Euless, Patricia Dickerson of Kerrville and Erica Koonce of Norfolk, Va.; sons, Earlie Williams IV and wife, Dora, of Sonora and Shafton Dimery of Kerrville; brothers, Gezetia Williams of San Antonio and Shelly Williams of Kerrville; grandchildren, Iris McAfee, Dekota Morrow, William Van Morris and Carlie Madison Williams.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Grimes Funeral Chapels, officiated by Pastor David Schuler, with interment following at Garden of Memories North.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Hardee, Jim Priour, Stuart Caulkins, Edward Uballe, Bobby Pickens, Frankie Enloe, Clifton Leda, Mark Lemeilleur, Mark Cowden, Harold Hardee and Clifton Fifer Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 8415 Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX 78229.

The family invites you to send condolences at by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Local figure Earlie Williams III dies at 55
Conor Harrison, The Daily Times, Published February 12, 2009

Kerrville residents and barbecue lovers across the Hill Country lost a friend Tuesday when Earlie Williams III, owner of Big Earl’s Texas Style Bar B Que and Solid Gold Nightclub passed away at his home in Kerrville. Williams was 55.

Williams was an important member of the 1968-69 Tivy boys basketball team that won back-to-back state championships.

The entire team was inducted into the Tivy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

After graduating from Tivy, Williams had several local businesses, but will be best remembered for his restaurants, including Box Car Willies and Big Earl’s, which opened in the mid-’90s.

Many people around Kerrville will miss his laughter and smiles.

“They will miss partying with him,” said Earlie Williams IV. “Folks are going to miss his everyday positive attitude. He was a rock to his family and a rock to the community.”

Williams worked hard all of his life, something that makes his children very proud.

“My dad enjoyed hard work and wasn’t afraid of it,” Williams said.

The family asks that any donations be made to the American Heart Association.

“The family really does appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers,” Williams added.

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