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Memorial for Donald Lemas (Joe) Williams

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas on Apr. 8, 1928
Departed on Mar. 22, 2011 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011
12 pm
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Donald Lemas (Joe) Williams was born on April 8, 1928 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Mr. & Mrs. Arthur L. Williams. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.

Joe attended and finished Catholic School in Corpus Christi, Texas and later moved to Austin, Texas and worked at Seton Hospital for many years.

Joe began his walk at an early age and later joined the Friendly Will Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor John Glasscoe until his health failed. His favorite songs were "This Little Light of Mine" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus".

Joe loved the life of breaking horses. He broke horses for Gene Harris in Robstown, Texas. He loved to fish, swim, hunt, play dominoes and watch western movies. He played third baseman for the Austin Greyhounds. He was a gifted musician, played lead guitar, trumpet, trombone and the harmonica. Not only was he a gifted musician, he also was a gifted singer. He played with prominent artists such as B. B. King in Alice, Texas, Etta James, Billy Ekstine, Albert Collins, blues legend Gray Ghost and Stevie Ray Vaughn. When he returned to Austin, Texas he continued his love for music by playing with T. D. Bell, the Jets and Major Burks, Sr.

Those left to celebrate his life and rejoice in his transition to eternal reward are his nieces Alberta Millett of Austin, Texas, Gwendolyn Kirklin of New Orleans, Louisiana; nephews David Munford, Alonzo White, Byron "Kiki" Millett and Lonnie Gooden, all of Austin, Texas, Mario Kirklin of New Orleans, Louisiana, Marcell White of Washington, DC; sister-in-law Dell Williams of Convent, Louisiana; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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