Lehman Williams

Lehman D Williams

Monday, September 14th, 1925 - Friday, March 26th, 2021
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Lehman D. Williams, lovingly known as L.D. or Bill, was born September 14, 1925 in Natchez, Mississippi, the only child of Lehman Williams Sr. and Beatrice Elzie Williams. His mother died shortly after his birth and his maternal grandmother; Virginia Zerkowski Elzie became the mother he lost. His grandfather, Henry Elzie, until his early passing, helped to raise young Bill.

For his safety and a better life, Bill’s grandmother sent him to Chicago to live with her daughter, Aunt Evelyn. Soon after, his grandmother, her daughter Aunt Bessie and granddaughter Willie Evelyn joined Bill and Aunt Evelyn in Chicago. Bill began his formal education at Willard and Forrestville Schools in Chicago’s Grand Boulevard Community. To help support his family, Bill worked odd jobs wherever he could. He washed dishes, unloaded railroad cars and ran errands for merchants. When he was older he pressed vinyl records for the DECCA label and worked for a jeweler on Chicago’s Jewelers Row.
While riding the train to the Great Lakes Naval Base he met Mamie Lee Moore and they married in 1945. Bill and Mamie were hired at the University of Chicago, moved from their tiny kitchenette apartment and purchased a home in Chicago’s Chatham Community. They took great pride in their home, loved to entertain and travel whenever possible. Bill’s mother-in-law, Mamie Ella Tracy, “Mother” as she was affectionately called, moved in after the passing of her husband. When Bill’s wife passed in 1985, he and “Mother” lived in the house until her health began to fail in 1990. Bill remained devoted to the well-being of his mother-in-law, visiting her every week at the nursing home, until her passing in 1995.

Bill confessed his love, faith and hope in Jesus Christ at a very early age. He served as a Deacon at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Louis Rawls. After moving to their new home, Bill and Mamie joined Maryland Avenue Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. D.D. Clay and Rev. H. Norwood. At Maryland Avenue Baptist Church (MABC), Bill served as a Deacon, Treasurer and sat on the Official Board of Directors. After many years at MABC, the Holy Spirit led Bill to join the Apostolic Church of God (ACOG) under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Arthur M. Brazier and Rev. Dr. Byron T. Brazier. In April 1998, Bill participated in the first class of the ACOG Men’s Ministry Discipleship. He became a Seasoned Saint of the church and remained a faithful member until his passing.

April 8, 1954, Bill was initiated and became a Master Mason of the Prince Hall Affiliation Free and Accepted Masons. He was a member of the Fidelity Lodge No. 103, F. & A.M. He was extremely proud of his membership and what it meant to be a Master Mason.

After 25 years of service, Bill retired from the University of Chicago in 1986 and was always on the go. Every Sunday he would be in church all day and Wednesday evenings attend Bible Study. He served on various ministries and had a great time at church events. He loved riding the train and would travel to Mississippi to visit his father, Lehman Sr., his brother, Joseph and other family members. Joseph’s daughters and their families brought Bill much joy as he loved being their Uncle L.D. and they loved him in return. Bill enjoyed working out at the South Side YMCA with his buddies and taking bus trips across the country. He always found time to be with friends, hang out with his nephew, Marcus and take road trips with his daughter, Cindy with whom he had a special bond. It was Bill’s mission that everyone should enjoy life. If you weren’t having a good time or laughing until you cried then you weren’t talking with Bill. Even at your lowest point, he would find a way to lift you up. If you needed help, he would lend a helping hand. He donated to every charity that asked so that he could make a difference in some else’s life.

After shattering his hip on February 3, 2021, he continued to be as strong as he could, sparking happiness in others and being a little feisty whenever allowed. On March 26, 2021, with his daughter, Cindy holding his hand, Bill left this earthly world. He had a wonderful life and fought a good fight for 95 years. His Father told him “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” and called Bill home to be with Him.

He leaves to mourn his loving daughter, Cynthia Jenkins-Powell, granddaughter, Valarie Griffin-Geralds, his first cousin, Willie Evelyn Woodson, grandsons, Antoine Powell and Adam Powell (Murjani), great-grandson, Adam Powell, Jr. , and generations of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of long-time and new friends.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Monday, April 5th, 2021 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Cage Memorial Chapel
    7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60649
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 11:00am
    Cage Memorial Chapel
    7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60649
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Wake: 10:00 am


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Bobby Sutton

Posted at 12:34pm
I remember Uncle Bill would always joke around with me when I was a kid, telling me he played left field for the Cubs, the one and only Billy Williams. Then one day when we were over at his house and the Cubs game was on I asked him how he could be in left field on the Northside when he’s sitting next to me on the Southside? And then came that loud joyous laugh like he had the sun in his belly and, “Aw man, you got me, you got me baby!’ Uncle Bill was such a big part of my me and my brothers’ lives, whether it was pizza and Crazy Eights on a Friday night, drinking beers in his basement bar, seeing him on campus when we were kids or seeing him at our weddings. We’re gonna miss Uncle Bill.

Dr Carmen L C Palmer

Posted at 12:27pm
Dearest CJ,
Your love for your Dad and his love for you was a love in PLAIN VIEW for all to see. Bitter/Sweet is such a love. To have had it for a moment is better to have never had it at all. You both were blessed to have it for so many years. GOD IS SO GOOD! Prayers to you and yours in this time of loss. Know that I, Dr. Carmen L. C. Palmer, and the Palmer Family send you our loving support. The Maker wanted his son Home with Him. And so it is. And so it is. Amen & Amen. Love you

John Sutton

Posted at 11:42am
So sorry for your loss! Our hearts are filled with sorrow as our family will cherish the memories of our Uncle Bill!

John Sutton and Family

Cathy Smith

Posted at 11:00am
I am so very sorry for the loss of Uncle Bill or Peaches as I called him. He was very special to our family. I will miss his wonderful spirit and smiling face. Prayers for the family 🙏🏽 Cathy Smith

Yvette Warren

Posted at 09:47pm
“1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3

The Board of Directors of the Chicago Teachers College/ Chicago State University Alumni Association, Inc., come to support, comfort, and extend our deepest condolences to our own, Cynthia (CJ) Powell- Jenkins in the Homegoing of her father Mr. Lehman Williams.

We will continue to pray for you and be with you. We make ourselves available to you. Whatever you need us to do, we are happy to assist you. We love you and may God continue to bless and keep you.

Prayerfully and Humbly Submitted,
The Board of Directors of the Chicago Teachers College/ Chicago State University Alumni Association, Inc.
Yvette Warren, President
Monday, April 5, 2021

Jimmy Sutton Posted at 06:33pm

My father, James Bernard Sutton, cherished his friendship with “Uncle Bill”, and that meant a lot to us. Bill is such a part of the fabric that made up our sutton family history there on Chicago’s south side. My family and I will miss Uncle Bill dearly. We will miss that infectious laugh, sense of humor, and love and warmth he showed all of us. Please accept my condolences. Sincerely, Jimmy Sutton

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