Rudolph Williams

Rudolph Wesley "Rudy" Williams Sr.

Saturday, June 6th, 1942 - Saturday, May 8th, 2021
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Rudolph Wesley Williams, Sr was born on June 6, 1942 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and went home to The Lord on May 8, 2021. He accepted God as a child, was baptized at Macedonia Baptist Church and in the last years of his life, served as a trustee. He was the second oldest child of Arlene (Byrd) and John Williams. Rudy, was a lifelong resident of South Egg Harbor, New Jersey but lived for a short time in Philadelphia, Pa. He was an avid fisherman and every Saturday morning he; his friends or family would drive to Green Bank or the Sea Wall in Atlantic City. He loved his culture and was a starch advocate of black history, rights, and equality.

Rudy was educated in South Egg Harbor, New Jersey and graduated from Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, New Jersey in 1962. Soon thereafter he enrolled in the United States Army. He toured Korea, Thailand, and Germany as a PFC E3 Regular Army Artillery and Canine Handler until he was honorably discharged in 1966. Once he returned home, he enrolled into Atlantic Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree in 1975.

After the military, he worked for over fifteen+ years at the 30th Street Station - Post Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He worked for a small period at The Smithville Inn, in Smithville, New Jersey as a short order cook but eventually left to work as a chef at Trump Plaza until his retirement.

Rudy was known for his cooking and grilling. He made the best steaks, prime rib, sandwiches, and fried chicken. Rudy loved to dress and often had his clothes made especially for him by a tailor. He loved music, especially Nancy Wilson. The immense love he had for his brothers, sisters, children in the family and especially Shonna, Rudy, Jr., and his grandchildren went without saying.

Rudy was predeceased by his mother and father, Arlene and John Williams.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving children, Shonna (Edwin) Corrales, Rudolph (Marie) Williams, his grandchildren, Abdul (Jamaira) Prince, Rayne Williams, Jade and Skylar Corrales. His siblings John (Bonita) Williams, Sandra Harmon, Jerome Williams, Eugene Williams, Iola Brazelton, Terri Williams-Henderson, Michael Williams, and Darlene (James) Beasley. His Godsons, Frankie Wiggins, Jr., and James (B.J.) Beasley, Jr., three best friends, Ronnie Williams, Jeff Wiggins and Donald Priester, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and too many friends to count.

Public pass thru viewing will be held from 11am-1pm on Saturday, May 15th at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main Street, Mays Landing, NJ. Funeral service will be private. Friends and family are invited to the committal service with Military Honors at Egg Harbor City Cemetery, Moss Mill Road & Hamburg Avenue at 3:30pm. Masks are mandatory.

Sorrowfully and Humbly Submitted
The Family

When Great Trees Fall by Maya Angelou (excerpt)

And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms.
Slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 15th, 2021 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, May 15th, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pass Thru Visitation
  • Interment

    Saturday, May 15th, 2021 | 3:30pm
    Saturday, May 15th, 2021 3:30pm
    Egg Harbor City Cemetery
    Moss Mill Road and Hamburg Avenue
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