Early Thursday morning, June 9, 2011, before the dawn of a new day, God called his servant, Edgar Fitzroy Williams, home.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 27, 1925, as the eldest son of four children born to Edgar Fitzroy Williams and Mary Johnson Williams. Two of his siblings preceded him in death, Samuel Williams and Alice Strange.
Eddie graduated from Harron High School in Manhattan, N.Y., and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 where he served as a special trucker moving dangerous materials. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and met the love of his life, Dorothy Anna Bolden.
On Dec. 3, 1949, Eddie married the woman of his dreams in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, N.Y., and from that union three daughters were born, Denise, Doreen, and Diane.
Edgar Williams, also known as “Fast” Eddie, enjoyed having fun with friends and could often be found at a card table. He loved to pass the time with a game of pinochle, bid whist, or even a good poker game. And if anyone knew him or played with him, they could attest to the fact that if he could, he would cheat you for the win and talk trash while he was doing it. He was often found doing this at one of his favorite places to spend his days – the Veterans Club the 369th. They would rush to get to the center to get to the table first so they wouldn’t have to wait.
While Eddie knew how to enjoy himself, he also recognized that life wasn’t all about having “a good time”. He knew the importance of working, and always taught his daughters the values of working hard, gaining skills and being independent. During his lifetime, Eddie had many jobs. Eddie excelled in his gift to fix, build and/or repair any electrical item … back in the day. He was a businessman, worked in corporate America and his last job was in sales at the young age of 65 where he became the top sales manager for Avis.
Eddie lived a full life and always wanted the best for his family and friends. He was always close to his wife and grew closer over the years. Most of us can laugh to ourselves hearing Eddie’s voice often calling for “Dot”.
In his later years, Eddie’s body began to tire and grow weaker as God was preparing him to come home. Though we are saddened by his death, we know God never makes a mistake and before too long we will see Eddie again – just as loving as we remember him.
He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife, Dorothy A. Williams; three loving daughters, Denise DeLeaver of Baltimore, Doreen Frazier of Detroit and Diane W. Hocker of Owings Mills, Md.; one son-in-law, Frank A. Hocker Sr.; five grandsons, Charles W. Frazier Jr. of Detroit, James E. Bentley II of Baltimore, Frank, Timothy and Adam Hocker of Owings Mills, Md.; two great-granddaughters, Nasja Griffiin of Detroit and Ashlyn J. Hocker of Owings Mills, Md. He also leaves his last surviving brother, Dr. Vernon Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y., a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.