Football

Taft Howard Williams

1945 ~ 2021 (age 75)

Obituary

Taft Howard Williams aka Butch/Shock-rite 75 years old, was born November 7, 1945. He was the son of the late Taft “Tabo” Morton, Sr., and the late Shirley Cora Page. He was preceded in death by his son: Marcus O’Neal Johnson; brother: William Woodson-Williams; three sisters: Veronica Leftwich, Reva Ann Williams, and June Williams-Kingsley; as well two nephews: Arthur Kingsley and Arjuna Williams.

Taft departed this world on July 27, 2021, at his home. He was a diehard Washington Redskin Fan. He was well-known in the city for picking up cans, which resulted in many people knowing him as the “Can-man.” He played football, track, and basketball while attending Charlottesville City Schools which made him a proud Burley Bear. He served in the United States Army from August 16, 1966 ‘til August 17, 1972. He worked with the Charlottesville City Public Schools in the maintenance department for 35 years.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 43 years: Ruth (Johnson) Williams; two children: Ja’Mayha Re’Na Johnson and Theresa Laverne Williams of Charlottesville, VA; two granddaughters whom he adored: Sanora “No-No” Tenel Durden-Williams and Sadeja “Dae-Dae” Dashionnda Williams. He also leaves behind one sister: Patricia (Charles) Courtney of Charlottesville, VA; three brothers: Taft Daniel Morton of Hampton, VA, Melvin “Chip” Levon Williams and Thomas “Hawk” Williams both of Charlottesville, VA; and one sister-in-law: Francine Payne of Louisa, VA. He had two devoted friends: Mary Etta Brown and Mary Stewart, along with a host of nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and nephews.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
August 6, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church
105 Lankford Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Funeral Service
Friday
August 6, 2021

11:00 AM
Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church
105 Lankford Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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