Benjie Williams was born on January 9, 1955 to the late Edward Williams and Betty Jo Forrester–Williams in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Pastor Bill Coleman. Benjie attended the local schools in Duval County and graduated from Stanton High School, Class of 1972. He joined the United States Navy and served from 1972 through 1976.
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Benjie became employed with Alton Boxboard/Jefferson-Smurfit Paper Mill for over 30 years; then in 2004 he became a part of ILA until 2012.
Benjie departed this life on Thursday, February 14, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Williams and Betty Jo Forrester–Williams; grandparents, Samuel and Inez Forrester.
Benjie leaves to mourn his passing: daughter, Anita Cummings; grandchildren, Tra’Quan Hartsfield and E’Monye Beauford; great-grand, Tra’Niyah Cummings; sisters, Beverly Williams and Phyllis Phillips; uncles, Samuel Forrester (Carol) and Alonzo Williams (Linda); aunt, Thelma Courtney; nephews, Adrian Hart (Kendra) Justin Phillips and David “Kid” Dixon; goddaughter, Carla Smalls; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The funeral service for Benjie Williams will be held 10:30 am Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at the Samuel C. Rogers Jr. Memorial Chapel 4315 N. Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206. The visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at the Funerals By T. S. Warden 4315 North Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206. Interment in Jacksonville National Cemetery. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ www.tswarden.com. Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234