Ronald E. Williams Sr.

March 2, 1954 ~ June 22, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old


Ronald Eustace Williams was born March 2, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Henry Davis Williams and Virginia Florence Williams and to this union was ten children and Ronald being sixth child.

He attended the Burna Vista Elementary and Dr. Cleary Jr. Vineland High School.  After completing high school, he joined the US Navy.  In 1974 he completed his time in the Navy and then he traveled to Portland, Oregon.

It was then that he met his first love Cynthia Pakey and they married and to this union his first baby girl Kennita was born.  Ronald always had a place of love in his heart for children, so he adopted Tiffany and then gave her his last name Williams.  In 1978 Ronald married Debra Martin and to this union was first son Ronald Jr.  He was so happy to have his first son, that he would name him after himself.  Ronald would also find himself taking the time to raise another child named Ivory (Pokie) Watkins as his own son, because he loved his children so much.  I am sure he adopted a few other children as well.  Every child would call Ronald, Uncle Ron.

In August 1984, he found his soulmate, Mable Holloway and they dated for a short time and were married on December 15, 1984.  They were inseparable as a couple.  He called her Muma, and she called him Daddy, but they were funny and fun to be around.  To this union there were no children, but their love was very strong for one another.  Mable stuck by his side to the very end, but he took Unique and Lamont as though they were his.  Like I said. Ron had a love for children like no other.  They were all apart of Ron’s life.  One big happy family.

Ron had a great love for the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was a Philly fan, even if they lost the game.  He would brag about the Eagles to his friends and would end in a shouting match.  You would have thought the Eagles were paying him to protect the Eagles name.  He had a great love for sports, so much that he had placed the VCR to record all the upcoming sports games.  After his passing, WOW Ron, you are watching games in heaven.

He had a great love for Emmanuel Temple Full Gospel Church where he was ordained as a minister of the gospel word.  Ron also had a great love for driving so he drove for Greyhound Charter School Buses and then he took a full-time career job working at TriMet where he retired after his health began to fail in 2010.  He had a love for his family and would travel to Newark, New Jersey to see them.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Mable; children, paternal and adopted, Tiffany, Kennita, Ronald Jr., Ivory (Pokie), Unique, Lamont; his father, Henry Davis; siblings, Mary Bev (Godfrey), Lottie, Leila, Annette, Lenora, and Francine; his heartbeat brothers Mark Miles Sr. and Leonard Lambert, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.   Ron was always remembering Edwin and thought of his family members who had gone on before him.  He also had a great love for his special friends, Eddie and Rose Jordan who became a part of his family raising the children.  Just like family to us.

Ronald E. Williams Sr. will always be remembered in our hearts.

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Public Viewing
July 17, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Terry Family Funeral Home
2337 N. Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Graveside Service
July 18, 2023

2:30 PM
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 Mt. Scott Blvd
Portland, OR 97086

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Please arrive for the Graveside service at 1:45

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