Junious Williams, Jr was born on October 10, 1923, in Franklin County, NC to the late Junious Williams, Sr. and Priscilla Williams. He was the oldest of fifteen children. Junious peacefully departed this life on July 11, 2020, at home following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen Williams and stepdaughter Shirley Jones; four sisters, Fannie Austin, Learcha Williams, Christine Thomas, and Annie Brown.
He attended the Perry School in Franklin County, NC. Following his education, he relocated to Newport News, VA and worked construction before joining the U.S. Army Services in 1944. He served for 2 ½ years before relocating to East Orange, N.J.
Junious accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age and was baptized at Perry Chapel. He attended Metropolitan Baptist Church after moving to Newark, New Jersey before relocating to Appomattox in 1986 and joined Springfield Baptist Church. He was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord and was active in the church serving as a Trustee, Sexton, a member of the Senior Choir.
He moved from New Jersey and relocated to Baltimore, where he met and married Kathleen Pankey. They were united in holy matrimony on December 25, 1953 and enjoyed 63 years together. Kathleen and Junious moved to Newark, New Jersey with their daughter Shirley to continue their careers. They were blessed with one son, Lester, who was born on June 13, 1961.
Junious, affectionately known to many as “June” and “Bud”, loved to travel and visit family. He loved outside, working on vehicles, keeping his yard nicely trimmed and cooking out. He was a very sociable person and loved to entertain and spend time with friends and family.
He leaves to cherish his memory devoted son, Lester, grandchildren Warren Kenneth Minifee (Tina) of Monroe, VA; Sharday Williams Megginson (Marque) of Appomattox, VA; Ashley Williams of Appomattox, VA; great-grandchildren Zavion Sanders, Markaz Megginson, and Kendrick Robertson; six sisters Rebecca Taylor, Raleigh, NC; Ruby Williams, Warrenton, NC; Jollie Lang, Durham, NC; Bertha Williams, Newark, NJ; Roxie Ramos, West Palm Beach, FL; and Hermenia Williams, Charlotte, NC. Four brothers Johnny Williams, Raleigh, NC; James Williams (Lula), Chesapeake, VA; David Williams (Laverne), Weldon, NC; and Benny Williams, Weldon, NC; sister-in-law Mildred Edwards, Baltimore, MD., brother-in-law Raymond Pankey (Martha), Appomattox, VA., as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. at the Bruce & Stiff Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, July 18, 2020, with viewing one hour prior to the service. A viewing will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
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