Fred Ervin Williams Jr.
Fred Ervin Williams Jr went onto glory on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Fred was born on Thanksgiving Day November 24, 1955. Oh, what A blessing he would be, every day we are thankful for him.
Fred was born and raised in Roswell, NM. He was a son, brother, uncle, business owner but his most important role was Daddy.
Growing up Fred’s first love was horses. The only way they could punish him was to take away his cowboy boots! He had his first job at 11 years old when he worked at Mamie’s Café as a dish washer. He has been working ever snice.
In high School he worked at St Mary’s as a Scrub Tech. It was there he developed a passion for caring for people. This led him to join VICA where he competed in Nationals against 3000 other Nursing orderly students, he took #1 in the nation. Everyone loved him, doctors, nuns, teachers and more friends than anyone I can recall. After High school he attended NMMI, he loved every second he was there. Fred was offered a scholar ship to Baylor Medical but left school early when his daddy broke his back. He loved his family. Fred went on to marry Michele Dutton and had two children. He later married Nancy Kay, he gained a wife and two beloved sons. In 2008 he became Ava’s daddy. She has been the joy of his life. Bryant came along in 2003 and he loved him like his own.
Fred always strived to be better through out his life, he worked two jobs. He wanted to be the provider for his family. In 1984, He and Nancy started their own business. He worked nights as a stock man and spent his days grinding out a living. He worked his heart out. 35 years later, his drive, heart, passion, and faithfulness to God shows. They started their own business in a rental stall at the flea market to later grow into one of the largest gun stores in NM, Zia Guns. Everyday he said how blessed he was to be able to work with his family. God is so good.
Fred’s love for the Lord was unmatched. He gave his whole heart to Jesus when he was a boy at Mt. View Baptist Church. He always said he wanted to make sure he went to heaven… So, he was baptized every chance he could get. I watched my dad be faithful to the Lord all my life. When things were good, he pressed in, when things were bad, he pressed in. My dad sought to do what was right all his life. In 2018 he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He had been sick for a long time before they knew what it was. Not once did he ever complain or ask why. He never felt sorry for himself. He gave all the glory to God for every single day. Even in pain he praised God, knowing it would draw him closer to his father in heaven. He desperately wanted to live, not for himself, but so he would have another day to do good for God and his family. In health, sickness, and even in passing, daddy believed God will work all things for good for those who love and trust in him.
Fred was proceeded in death by his beloved father Fred E. Williams Sr, mother Betty Jo, and son Fred E. Williams III, and brother in law Roger Sanders. He is survived by wife Nancy, his daughters, Amanda and Ava Williams and son in law Bryant Tabor. His beloved sons Brian and Glenn Harrison, and his grandsons, Damon, Austin, and Taylor Harrison. Sisters Merlene Sanders and Kim Elliott and husband Johnny. Numerous Nieces, Nephews, cousins, and ex-wife Michelle Duran and husband in law Bill.
He was surrounded by love his whole life, when he went home, he was ushered into glory and surrounded by his girls.
To all his precious family and friends who prayed, loved, prayed, stayed, and prayed some more, we are beyond grateful. A small graveside service will be held at 11 am, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at South Park Cemetery. All are welcome with social distancing, that is to lay him to rest, but we ask that you please join us to celebrate him after the Governors ban is lifted. He will not be robbed of a memorial. I don’t know that there was a man that ever lived that was more loved than my daddy. Above all, Fred would want you to know Jesus, love your family, and vote for Trump.
Pallbearers will be Brian and Glenn Harrison, Bryant Tabor, Lee and Jimmie Williams and Allen Sanders.