Rick A. Williams, son of Anthony Williams Sr. and Coretta Williams, brother of Shannon, Tony Jr., Exzel, and Tonya, was born February 4, 1993, in Newark Delaware. He was tragically taken from us on Saturday June 24, 2017.
Rick A. Williams affectionately known as “Slick Rick” or “Gearhead” received his early education in Newark Delaware at McVey and Brookside Elementary Schools. Completing his middle school years at George V. Kirk Middle School and went on to Glasgow High School. While attending Glasgow Rick made many friends and was well liked by peers and staff. He took “auto shop” in which his teacher recognized him as a well advanced student. Most of what the shop teacher taught Rick already knew. Due to Ricks skill with auto mechanics he was recruited by one of the top diesel technology schools in the country at that time.
After graduating in 2012 Rick went on to attend Ohio Technical College in Cleveland Ohio. Here Rick pursued his passion for mechanics and diesel engines. He was so proud of his group when they had to build a diesel engine and it had to run properly in order to get a grade. The video was streamed live on social media of the groups success. His spiritual aunts Samantha and Elizabeth Taylor although not being able to travel to Cleveland was sure to send gifts of love. Rick with encouragement, discipline, support and guidance obtained his Associates Degree in Diesel Technology and Equipment and also an Associates in Applied Sciences.
After graduating college Rick never slowed his hands in what he loved to do. He came home and immediately began taking jobs fixing family and friends cars. He worked briefly at the Dodge dealership in Newark Delaware. His spiritual aunt Elaine Russell referred him to Willis Ford in which he acquired a mechanic position at in Smyrna Delaware.
Rick was born and raised attending Old Fort U.A.M.E. Church where he was a member of the Mighty Messengers Youth Choir, an usher, and overall server. He was a member of the Annual Youth Conference Choir where Aunt Kathy “didn’t take no stuff!” Every year until adulthood he attended the U.A.M.E. Youth Retreat where “what goes on, on the mountain stays on the mountain”! Even after the bus breaking down and Shannon, Tony and Rick having to carry everybody’s luggage up the hill, he still chose to return faithfully. As an adult he choose to attend St. Paul U.A.M.E. Church where he was under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Charles Amos. Rick greatly respected Rev. Dr. Amos and enjoyed his tenacity of the Word.
Since Rick was old enough to play with toys he has had a wrench in his hands. Cars and the love of cars was and is Rick. His dream car the 1969 Dodge Charger was his goal. Rick attended car shows and bike events just to see his passion.
Ricks spark for motorcycles began at the onsite of the “Casanova Bike”. This ninja 600 was his learning tool in which he began to master his skill of the ride. He purchased his first bike a ZX1100 Ninja. Rick customized and painted this bike himself that “Matte Black” he rode it until it stopped. After which his Uncle Jerry connected him to a ZX1000 Kawasaki which he purchased and loved.
Rick was loved by so many and has impacted the lives of so many. He was a help to anyone he met, from the seven month pregnant lady that he helped on the side of the road and refused payment telling her “I just wanted you to be safe” to the late night counseling of friends.
Rick was predeceased in death by his great grandparents Henry and Grace Jones and grandparents Hazel and Emma Williams as well as Godparents Vic and Kate Williams.
Rick leaves to cherish his memory His father Anthony Williams Sr., mother “his twin” Coretta Williams, 3 brothers Shannon, Tony Jr, and Exzel, 1 Sister Tonya, 2 nephews Sahir Jones and Gabriel Williams, 3 extended brothers Stephen Szczerba (Chelsea), Eric Lucero and Shaun Davis. Grandmother Sandra Jones, devoted Uncle Jerry Thompson III, Uncles Otis Williams Sr. (Elizabeth), Kevin Williams Sr., Aunts Debbie Matthews (James), Linda Williams, Lisa Williams Jackson (Rodger), Reba Archie (Ronald), 1 God Uncle Rev Robert Johnson, close cousins “hang out partners” Kessel Cooper II, Jose Sandoval, Jesus Sandoval, Daniel Sudler, Darius Mobley, Kyeal Jones, Santrease Jones Hines and Derrick Jones, a devoted riding brother Curtis Maxwell as well as a host of great .uncles, great aunts, cousins.
His funeral will take place 7PM Wed., July 5th at St. Paul UAME Church, 3114 N. Market St., Wilm, DE 19802; family visitation 6pm-6:45pm only.
Rick's burial will take place 10AM Thurs., July 6th in Gracelawn Memorial Park