Grafton Tabb Youth Football League
Bobby Raymond Williams, long time resident of Hampton and Tabb, died peacefully August 5 at the age of 79. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Connie Cutler Williams; his three sons, Todd (Susan) of Canonsburg, PA, Keith (Karen) of Williamsburg, VA, and Brad (Jennifer) of Chantilly, VA; his seven grandchildren, Kelsea, Kyndall, Reid, Devin, Rylee, Emery, and Wesley; and his sister, Catherine Newsome of Augusta, GA. He is preceded in death by his parents Alma Leslie Hadden and William Homer Williams, and his siblings G.T. Williams, Mildred Williams, Elizabeth McGahee, Mervin Williams, Everett Williams, Betty Pennington, Edith Williams, and Jack Williams. Bobby was born on March 7, 1939 on a farm in Wrens, GA and graduated from Wrens High School in 1957. He then moved to Newport News, VA on the advice of a few good buddies to work at Newport News Shipbuilding. He played football and ran track at the Apprentice School, graduating from the Apprentice School in 1961, and served in the Army Reserves. He married his wife Connie in 1964 and raised three boys, working in the shipyard for 46 years before retiring as a Superintendent in 2003. Bobby loved sports and found his greatest pleasure in coaching and watching his three sons and seven grandchildren play sports. He coached football, basketball, and baseball in Mallory and York County (Grafton/Tabb). He was also co-founder of the Tabb wrestling program in 1976. He took up the game of golf later in life and took great pleasure in short, straight drives and steady putting. As his sons and good friends know, 18 holes with Bobby was a good day. Throughout life, Bobby was a man of few words, instead opting for acts of service and kindness. Known for his honesty and high principles, he was always willing to help one in need, but never wanting the spotlight on him. Those that knew Bobby well, held him close to their hearts. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, at the funeral home, with Dr. Doug Echols officiating. A burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park and a reception will follow at Bethel Baptist Church, Yorktown, VA. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bobby's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the "Grafton-Tabb Youth Football League." Send to P. O. Box 2044, Yorktown, VA 23692 Attn: Bobby Williams Scholarship Fund, where a fund will be established to ensure underprivileged local kids have the opportunity to register for and play football.
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 7, 2018