(Photo by J.J. McQueen)

By J.J. McQueen

On the weekend of his 100th birthday, Deacon Willis C. Williams Sr. was celebrated by his family and friends with a drive-by parade. A native of Wallace-Rose Hill, North Carolina, Deacon Williams migrated to Baltimore with his late wife and family following his military career. With just an 8th grade education, he maximized his skills and talents as an auto-mechanic, a trade he acquired during his military service. By doing so, he proved to be the epitome of a good steward to family and community. At 100 years young, he’s also the oldest living deacon at Concord Baptist Church in Baltimore City. The ‘good Deacon’ is known for his zeal, sense of humor, love for family and his faith.   

(Photo by J.J. McQueen)

(Photo by J.J. McQueen)

(Photo by J.J. McQueen)

(Photo by J.J. McQueen)

(Photo by J.J. McQueen)

(Photo by J.J. McQueen)

(Photo by J.J. McQueen)