Obituary: Frank Williams Jr., 64

Frank Williams Jr., 64, a devoted husband and father of Southborough passed away peacefully on January 26, 2021 at West Roxbury VA Medical Center after succumbing to an illness. He was the beloved husband of Tong Li Williams.

Born in Cullman, AL and was the only son of the late Mildred (Bailey) and Frank Williams, Sr. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Frank was raised in Cullman Alabama and the age of 11 attended Columbia Military Academy in Columbia Tennessee and graduated 1974. During that time, he was named editor of the of the academy school paper and assistant editor of the yearbook. He was a member of the Championship Rifle Team also received the school’s good conduct medal five times. Frank received a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship and was assigned to Washington DC outpost as part of the training. In 1974 he attended Southern Benedictine College in Cullman, AL. where he studied math from the Benedictine Monks. 

He received his bachelor’s degree at Tennessee Tech University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Sanford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 1984. He was certified to the Alabama Supreme Court for admissions to the Alabama State Bar in September of 1984. He went to the FBI Academy and was a DEA agent for 2 years. 

Frank began his own law practice in 1985 in Cullman Alabama. During his practice he was a member of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He dedicated years of his life for athletic organizations and groups that his children were involved in. His Law Practice ended in 2006 when he recommissioned within the Army as a JAG Officer and was deployed to Iraq and served 17 months. In November of 2008 until March of 2010, he was deployed to Guantanamo Bay with the CIA. Then reassigned to Vermont reporting to the Pentagon. Following his deployment, he became disabled and was discharged from the Military.

Frank adored his family and spending all of his time with them. He loved all of God’s creation. When the leaves turned, the snow fell, the rain poured and the warm sunshine radiated each day. He treasured and respected animals, his dogs, cows and chickens. He was passionate about hunting and fishing and being outdoors. He always enjoyed his tractor, wearing his overalls and leisurely riding across his farmland after a long day’s work.

He is survived by his loving wife, Tong Li, and his children, Jenna Williams of Southborough; Carson Williams of Shrewsbury; Mary Beth Williams Talmoge of Cullman AL; Elizabeth Wu of Canada and David Wu of Chicago IL.

He leaves behind his sisters, Josephine Basden of AL; Julia Chen (Jim Chen) of FL; Francine Powell (Dwayne Powell) of AL; and several nieces and nephews; Derick and Dustin Basden of Bessemer AL. Raven, and Auston Chen of Tampa FL and Brian Chen of Boston. Sara Garland of Hanceville AL.

You will live in our hearts forever and never be forgotten.

Visiting hours will be help on Tuesday, February 2, from 11 am to 1230 pm at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough, followed by a graveside service at Southborough Rural Cemetery on Middle Road.

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(Obituary and photo via Morris Funeral Home)

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