George G. Williams was a decorated veteran. He received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, a Korean Service Medal and a Navy Occupation Service Medal.
Williams was known as Mank and Papa George to his family. As an avid reader, he was very passionate about baseball, especially his cherished New York Yankees. He died December 29. He was 78.
Williams was born on January 29, 1933 in Culpeper, Virginia, to Mary Russell Jameson Williams and Gabriel Williams. He was one of four children and the only son born to his parents. He graduated from George Washington Carver High School and at 18, he enlisted into the United States Navy. Shortly after, he married Nancy Vives, the love of his life, in the Bronx, New York. They had one daughter, Dyana Russell Williams.
Williams made two trips around the world on the destroyer USS James C. Owens during the Korean War and served the country from 1952 through 1955.
Following his honorable discharge from the military, Williams was employed at National Steel for a decade and in 1964, he moved to Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where he lived with his family for a year; he then relocated to Manhattan.
Upon his return to New York City, he worked in security for Burns International Detective Agency for 25 years. Upon retiring, he moved to Penn Valley, Pa. to live with his daughter and three grandchildren, Caliph, Isa Salahdeen Gamble and Princess Idia Gamble.
Williams is survived by: wife, Nancy Williams Neuman; daughter, Dyana; grandsons, Caliph Gamble and Isa Salahdeen Gamble; granddaughter, Princess Idia Gamble; three sisters, Dorothy Yager (John), Barbara Jean Ward (Donald) and Minnie Garcia (Robert); nephews, Robert Garcia, Donald Ward Jr. and John Yager; nieces, Pamela Yager, Shelley Windos, Lisa Amoroso, Roxie Biro, Bonnie Chu, Lynn Hearon, Lori Kapcsandi, Tina Wadnik, Cindy Garcia Vasta and Christy Fabian; uncle, John Hoover Jameson; Deana “Kitty” Woodall; friend, Lawrence Johnson and Kenny Gamble.
Services were held January 4 at Flemuel Brown Jr. Funeral Home.