Tuesday, May 9, 2023—3:00PM
Owens Funeral Home Chapel
216 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York 10027
Minister Williemae Taylor—Eulogist
Reverend Charlotte Holley—Organist
Clarence Williams was born on Nov. 20, 1942 in Augusta GA to the late George Evans and Sara Smith.
Clarence was one of three siblings: Alberta, and William who both preceded him in death.
Clarence who’s known as “Bookie” by family and friends, decided to come to New York to further his education. Clarence Graduated from Benjamin Franklin H.S. and throughout his High School studies, he met the Love of his Life Blanche Hutchinson (known as Lucky).
Clarence was a great-well respectable man who loved to travel the world. During one of his spontaneous trips to Atlanta, he and Blanche tied the knot in Augusta, GA in 1961. Clarence and Blanche had two sons Tyrone and Rodney.
Clarence was a man who wore many hats and was a Jack-Of-All-Trades. Clarence decided to further his education even more and attended Carpentry school; Mechanical School; and Electricity school all while he followed his mother’s footsteps in the bakery industry. Clarence worked at Waldolf & Fink Bakery for over thirty plus years to make sure he was able to provide for his family. With the love of music, Clarence became a musician in the Chuck Henley Climax Band where he mastered playing the bass guitar. During his time playing in the band, he had the opportunity to play at the Apollo Theatre, Smalls Paradise in Harlem where he met and played for the mayor of NYC and many celebrities.
Clarence was a very gifted and talented man who loved to build household things, work on cars, do constructional projects around the home and for anyone that he could lend a helping hand too. Clarence was a quiet, stern man who meant what he said and did not care if you liked it or not, he spoke truth no matter what, and his knowledge and tough love, will be missed amongst his family and friends. He enjoyed working and then coming home to his family, having his silence while relaxing in his house clothes while enjoying a good meal, watching either a NBA game, a western, politics or his favorite bedside pastor Joel Osteen on any given Sunday and traveling to casinos.
Despite the many health challenges Clarence faced he never complained or shared his challenges, he lived each day without a care in the world all the way, until Our God called Clarence home on Wednesday April 26, 2023. He leaves to cherish his memories: his Wife; two sons; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one deceased; and one great-great granddaughter; one sister in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.