Bobby Ray Williams, 54


Bobby Ray Williams, 54, of 418 Green Forest Circle, Dunn, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.

He was born to the late Pastor Mary Ruth Williams-Hayes of Rains, S.C. He was raised in St. James AME Church. Mr. Williams graduated from Marion High School in 1982 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in computer science from South Carolina State University in 1986. He joined Omega Psi Phi fraternity (Xi Psi Chapter) in 1984. Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army as a Batallion Signal officer rank as first lieutenant promotable.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Dunn Chapel FWB Church, 607 E. Edgerton St., Dunn.

Survivors include his wife, Lora Smith Williams; daughters, Kenyata Goldston Abbitt of San Antonio, Texas, Shaniqua Laurell and Tyra Rae Williams, both of Dunn; father-in-law, Leonidas C. Smith Jr. of Greensboro; sister, Stephanie L. Williams of Latter, S.C.; brother, Bishop Willie Aaron Hayes Jr. (Sandra) of Marion, S.C.; and four grandchildren, all of San Antonio, Texas.

Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 7 at Dafford Funeral Home, Dunn.


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