Native son Elder Bobby ‘Main’ Williams crosse over in Minneapolis

| May 9, 2016

Elder Bobby Louis “Main” Williams

MINNEAPOLIS—The City of Minneapolis is mourning another one its champions—this time along with Fort  Wayne, who lost a native son.

Spiritual leader, youth advocate and community champion Elder Bobby  Louis “Main” Williams, 53, died Monday, April 18 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Born July 26, 1962 in Fort Wayne to Johnnie Williams Jr. and Velma Woods Williams, Bobby accepted Christ into his life at an early age. A graduate of South Side High School in Fort Wayne and avid track and field athlete, Elder Williams later Southwestern Michigan Junior College.

Williams later made his home in Minneapolis, where he worked in the Robbinsdale School District and later with the City of Minneapolis. An unwavering advocate for youth, he coached football, basketball and track and field for more than 10 years, teaching not only the physical aspects of sports but also the fundamentals of developing good character and values and community spirit.

In 1999, Bobby met the love of his life, DeDe Grigsby. The two were joined in holy matrimony  on Sept. 25, 2004. To their blessed union, Lathan Zadir Williams was born.

Those who knew him described Bobby as “a loving son, husband, father, brother and Man of God. He loved the Lord with all his heart and did not lean into his own understanding. He was a man of strong convictions. Bobby loved God and His word. He always embraced the opportunity to share his passion. Bobby was loved by so many.”

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges issued the following proclamation honoring the memory of Elder Williams:

“WHEREAS, Bobby L. Williams was an advocate for success, respect, education, and leadership in the City of Minneapolis; and

“WHEREAS, Bobby served as a driving force for inner-city youth athletics for the positive development change and evolution of North Minneapolis; and

“WHEREAS, Bobby brought our communities together, through hard work, perseverance, educational achievement and dedication embodying fully the One Minneapolis Spirit; and

“WHEREAS, Bobby inspired and enlightened all of us to never accept failure and strive to achieve greatness in our endeavors;

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BETSY HODGES, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim Friday, April 29th, 2016 to be:

“BOBBY WILLIAMS DAY IN THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS and on this day we call on every Minneapolitan to ‘Never give up and strive to be their best!’”

Surviving are: his wife, Dionna Williams; mother, Velma York; stepfather, the Rev. Bennie York; three sons, Bobby Trevell, Bryan and Latham Williams; stepson, Deardre; daughters, Kandis Adams and Kecia Williams; three brothers, Elder Johnnie B. (Dr. Lucy), Ronald and Kendrick (Yana) York; four sisters, Nefertiti Clara Williams, Sonya (Glen) Gilkey, Capasuine Watts and Sherry (the Rev. James) Mosley.

Service was Friday, April 29, 2016, in Minneapolis. Arrangements were by Washburn-Mcreavy Funeral Home in Minneapolis.

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