Joel W. Williams

Joel W. Williams, 72, of Spring Hill, TN passed peacefully in his sleep at the home of his cousin Ellen Brechin in Columbiana, AL on Sunday November 29th 2020. Mr. Williams was in the Navy and Navy Reserves for 21 years, as a Chief Petty Officer in the Hospital Corps. He sang with the National Christian Choir for several years.

He is survived by his niece, Jerri Michelle McMurrey (Michael); three nephews, Scott Williams (Manuela), Bowdie Williams & Steven Williams (Kimber). Many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a host of loving cousins, their families, and many friends in Sylacauga, Al, Spring Hill, TN, and in the Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father Lorene Jackson Williams and JB Williams of Sylacauga and his brother, Jerri O. Williams of Sylacauga.

Mr. Williams will be buried in the National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:45. Due to National Cemetery and Covid restrictions attendance is limited to 25 people and flowers are not allowed, so attendance is limited to family. The family requests that you keep us in your prayers in the coming days.


  1. LESLIE EICHHORN on December 21, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    It was my wife and my pleasure to sing with Joel in the National Christian Choir. He is singing in a bigger heavenly choir right now. In the presence of the Lord that he loves with all his heart. Our prayers go out to his family. God Bless and keep you all in his hands. Will see you when God is done with me , my friend.

  2. Christopher Johnston on December 28, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Joel and I became friends while he was living in the Washington, DC area. He joined me for Thanksgiving and several birthday parties. His joy and warmth and sense of humour were felt by all who knew him. I remember fondly how Joel stopped by to check on me after my beloved 102-year old grandmother died. He didn’t know I had already flown to Wisconsin to be with my family, but he stopped by anyway and left me a handwritten note. I still have that note and cherish it.

  3. Michael V Williams on March 5, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I only knew Joel for a short time after he moved to Spring Hill, Tennessee. It was such a pleasure to stop in and talk to him at Port Royal Storage. We shared many laughs together. He will be sadly missed.

  4. Evangelist David Williams on May 28, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Joel was a lifelong friend, played in church many times with him on piano me organ, just a great guy I will truly miss and also he was a distant cousin! Rest from your troubles now my friend and sing in that heavenly choir! See if ou again!

  5. Sue Gearheart on June 21, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Was a dear friend for at least 30 years. We knew each other from the Wash DC area. His Mom and my Mom were good friends. When I got Cancer and couldn’t drive he would come and pick me up for Church.
    I miss him so much.

  6. KATHRYN MORRISON, DTCM(SW) Retired on December 25, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    What sad news. Joel and I met while I worked for the Force Master Chief, 1991 to 1994. During this time Joel and I did many wonderful and amazing things together. After I retired we still kept in touch and I even traveled to Settle Washington to see him and hear him sing. Every year we sent Christmas cards and spoke on the phone. I can not believe I did not know about his passing, his kind spirit will live on in my memories.