Elzie Williams, age 82, of Highland View went to be with his Lord and savior on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Bay Medical Covenant Care.

Elzie was a catcher for a minor league baseball team the Graceville Oilers which was an affiliation of the Cincinnati Reds. He worked at the St. Joe Box Plant for 43 years as a Press Operator and Shipping Clerk. He was a member of the Highland View Assembly of God for 50 years. Elzie enjoyed fishing and his favorite hobby of all was deer hunting. He enjoyed spending time with his family, to whom he was their “Big Papa.”

Elzie was preceded in death by his parents J.B. and Ester Williams, brothers Earl Williams, Bee Williams and sisters Mattie Bray and Barbara Creel . After the death of his mother at 6 months-old he lived with and was raised by his Aunt and Uncle who became his parents, Monroe and Bessie Beck.

Elzie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Williams and his children, Randy Williams, Elizabeth (Michael) Nixon, Diana “Nanner” (Kenneth) Dykes and Larry (Britt) Williams; six grandchildren, Lee Barfield, Christa Gray, Kari Williams, Allen Dykes, Aaron Williams, Karley Williams; and 10 great-grandchildren, Devin, Trey, Willa, Noah, Jenna, Kensley, Raegan, Carson, Ryne, Kathryn and Adilyn.

Graveside Services were held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Holly Hill Cemetery. Funeral services provided by Comforter Funeral Home.