Bubba, 47 of Niceville, was born in Port St. Joe on December 13, 1965 to Robert (Willie) and Dorene Williams. He graduated from Wewahitchka High School in 1983.
He then earned his AA degree from Gulf Coast Community College where he played and coached basketball. He then moved on to Florida State University where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees while working with the women’s basketball program.
Bubba had many titles in his life: friend, son, brother, teacher, coach, and businessman but the one he was most proud of was father. The joy of his life was his children. He was never more happy than when he was spending time with them and they could always bring a smile to his face no matter where he was.
Bubba was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. (Willie) Williams; his mother, Dorene Dixon Robkin; and his grandmother, Nona (Maw Maw) Williams.
He is survived by his children, Robert Edward (Will) Williams III 14, Trey David Williams 8, Halle Grace Williams 4, and Rhys Alexander Williams 2; his fiancé Alica Marie Blocker; his grandfather, Robert E.
(Paw Paw) Williams; two siblings, sister Jessica Robkin-Ivins and husband James and brother, Kenneth Robkin, wife Claire and niece, Raphael; stepfather, Steven Robkin; two aunts, Beth Lyons and husband Cecil Lyons, Jr., Pat Arata and husband Tom. He also had many loving cousins and wonderful friends.
Bubba or Coach Rob as many of his players and students knew him over the years touched many lives. He turned several struggling basketball programs around starting with Bay High but he was more proud of the impact he had on the kids’ lives that played for him than he was of the win loss records. He showed these young men that with hard work and determination all of their dreams were possible. Later when he became a successful businessman he would say all the money in the world couldn't compare with feeling he got watching these young men go on to become successful members of society and watching them raise their children using the discipline and ethics that he has taught them.
Honorary Pallbearers for the service were a group of his close friends: Donnie Cox, Darren Arnold, Chris Sexton, Mitchel Gay, Timothy Oliver, Gary Speights, Derek Delach, Jack Colinsworth, and Richard (Scoop) Jackson.
Graveside services were held Sunday, December 15 at Holly Hills Cemetery in Port St. Joe at 3 p.m. ET. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the Bay High Basketball Boosters at Bay High School, 1200 Harrison Ave. Panama City Fl. 32401.
All services were under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.