April 2, 1930 ~ January 26, 2021 (age 90)


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.    John 3:16

Nathaniel Williams Sr was born on April 2, 1930 to Mr. Frank Williams II and Ms. Maeola Coachman-Williams in Indiantown, Florida. He was the younger of two sons.  Nathaniel was preceded in death by his parents and his eldest daughter Patrice Lynette Williams.

Nathaniel attended Industrial high school in Stuart Florida graduating in 1948. After graduation he enlisted into the United States Air Force, serving more than 20 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. While stationed in San Antonio, Texas he met his lovely wife Gertie Lee Jackson. They married in 1952 and from this union he fathered four children.   Nathaniel attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  He returned to the workforce with the Texas Employment Commission as a Caseworker and retired after 20 years of faithful employment.

At a young age Nathaniel accepted Christ at Evergreen First Baptist Church in Indiantown, Florida. Later, he was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist church, San Antonio, Texas, where he was active on the usher board ministry. During his final years Nathaniel received his spiritual guidance from his loving grandsons Mr. Ashton Carter and Reverend Aaron Carter.

Nathaniel was an avid sports fan and sportsman. He was a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan and loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the Flotilla Boating and Fishing club. He enjoyed teaching all his children to fish and swim. He loved fishing!

Always the center of attention, Nathaniel LOVED to laugh and joke. His signature word was “Doggonit” He was a Philosopher who always shared his opinion and loved to debate. He challenged his children to think bigger and later shared his goal was to make them stronger. 

Having not been raised by his father, Nathaniel promised Gertie and his children he would never leave or abandon them. He honored his word until his heavenly Father called him home on January 26, 2021.

Nathaniel leaves to cherish his memory the love of his life Gertie Lee Williams, son Nathaniel (Sparky) Williams Jr, Houston, Texas, daughters Melanie C. Williams, Plano, Texas and Toni (Stanley) McKinney, Moore, Oklahoma, brother Frank (Delores) Williams III., Stuart, Florida, Aunts Alice Rollinson and Myra Merchant of Cincinnati, Ohio, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

To his family Nathaniel would sing “Why should I be discouraged, why should the shadows come, why should my heart feel lonely, and long for heaven and home. When Jesus is my portion? A constant friend is He. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches over me. His eye is on the Sparrow and I Know He watches me.”

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Graveside Service
February 11, 2021

9:00 AM
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78209

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