Lonnie J. Williams Sunday, November 10, 1946 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Lonnie Joseph Williams, 70, passed away with his family by his side on June 30, 2017, at Midland Hospice. Lonnie was born in Taft, Oklahoma on November 10, 1946 the son of Earl Williams and Rosetta English Williams. Lonnie was a 1964 graduate of Hayden High School. While in high school he was active in sports and played on the Hayden Basketball team. He later attended Long Beach State University where he studied Psychology. Lonnie excelled in athletics and was recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Lonnie was drafted into the United States Army and served his country during Vietnam from 1967 – 1969. While in the Army he trained as a sharpshooter (rifle), lineman and wireman. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal with `60 Device. Following his honorable discharge Lonnie worked for the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Facility (formerly YCAT and BIS) retiring in 2000 after 30 years of service. Lonnie founded L & J Building Maintenance in 1986. At the time of his passing his business currently operates in five states throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. He had a history of community and public service, serving on numerous boards among them The Living the Dream Foundation, African American Male Leadership Council, Leadership Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Jayhawk State Theatre of Kansas renovation project where he served as Chairman of the Fundraising Committee. Lonnie had an entrepreneurial spirit and was known for his saying, “TNT, Today Not Tomorrow.” He earned many awards throughout his career, in 2008 he earned the U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Small Business Person of the Year for a four-state region and in March of 2014 Lonnie was inducted into the 2014 Topeka Business Hall of Fame Laureate (Jr. Achievement). Lonnie was a member of New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid KU Basketball fan and enjoyed traveling. Perhaps his greatest joy was helping others, raising scholarship money for youth, mentoring small business owners, and being in the social company of family and friends. Lonnie was predeceased by his father, Earl Williams and stepfather, Robert Taylor. Lonnie united in marriage to Jill Marks on December 29, 1986 in Miami, Oklahoma. She survives. Other survivors include his children, Donovon Williams, Daina (Lakeisha) Williams, Kesha Williams, Todd (Bernadette) Johnson and Angela (Troy) Frendle; mother, Rosetta Taylor; brothers, Sherman (Janie) Hansard and Larry (Marcosa) Hansard; sisters, Deborah (James) Singleton, Marjorie Taylor, Phyliss Williams and Felica Williams; seven grandchildren one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends who loved him and will miss him. Memorial Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the name of Lonnie J. Williams to the charity of your choice. Mail contributions in the name of a charity of your choice to: Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 396, Topeka, Kansas 66601. Closed casket visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel, 723 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. At his request, no funeral services will be held. A private memorial and burial service for the family will be held at a later date.

Iwould like to express my deepest sympathy to each of you for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you. He assues us through his Word that he is going to bring an end to all sickness and death.

Isaiah 33:24

Revelation 21:3-5

My condolences to the family, friends and associates of Lonnie Williams.  In all my interactions with Lonnie, he was a man of high character, positive aspirations, and ideals.  What a very good man.  He will be missed.

The Topeka (KS) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated wishes to extend our sincere sympathy and condolences to the family of Lonnie Williams. He was a strong and generous supporter of our organization for many years. We will miss his presence and forever treasure the memories of him and his caring and concerned spirit.

Rest in peace Lonnie.

Glenda Kearney DuBoise, President



I am so sorry to hear this amazing Christian man passed. To be absent from the body means present with the Lord.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  May Hod bless the family. 

Lonnie was truly a gift to the lives of all he touched. He had a way of being inspirational, thoughtful of others and kind. His work in Topeka, both for businesses and non-profits, remains an endowment to all. He was truly a friend to many; he will be missed by me and my sister Leslie. Our sincere sympathy, and prayers for Lonnie and his entire family. May he rest in Peace.

I am so sad to hear of Lonnies passing. He was an amazing man, gentle giant, and lived life with a giving spirit. Hugs and prayers to Lonnie and his family. He will missed and always remembered.

Postive, humble, strong, peaceful and kind.  Those are the  first words that come to my mind in thinking about Mr. Williams who I only met last year. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to meet him and to talk about community issues with him periodically.  Mr. Williams was one of the first people who greeted me when I began in Topeka Public Schools.  This year he started discussing with me ideas for mentoring our young men in schools, he was a visionary who was always seeking ways to help others!   His impact and desire to improve the lives of others was powerful and the impact he had on countless individuals will live on  in so many ways through the many people and projects he helped shape.  

May beautiful memories, love and peace surround the entire family during this time. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Dr. Anderson

Topeka Public Schools Superintendent

Lonnie was a great member of the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club.  He was a generous contributor to the Rotary International Annual Fund and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in June, 2014.  He was generous with his time and participated in many activities of our club.  He was gentle, quiet leader and will be greatly missed.

You will be missed by many whose lives you touched.  Rest in peace.

Lonnie was such a kind hearted and wonderfully spirited man. He will be greatly missed.

Lonnie was such a kind hearted and wonderfully spirited man. He will be greatly missed.

I've known Lonnie (Uggie) for years since East Topeka days. He was kind, soft spoken, and sensitive. Would do anything for you if he could. He'll suffer no more. I will miss my When I come to visit in Topeka. Rest In Peace my brother and friend.to Topeka 

Lonnie my heart became heavy upon reading of your passing!!! The memories of our experiences in school, and in sports, bulleted through me. Your amazing talent in sports was admired by me!!! Your greatest talent was your ability to affect so may lives that you or they encountered knowing you!!! You were a tuely an unselfish man!!! Rest In Peace!!!

Lonnie was a very kind hearted and great spirited man
He will be deeply missed.

Lonnie was such a kind hearted and wonderful spirited man. He will be missed.

I knew since our East Topeka days. He was always soft spoken and very kind and I will miss seeing him when I visit Topeka. Rest In Peace my brother (Eartha)

We would like to impart our heartfelt condolences to the Williams' family. Lonnie leaves a proud and wonderful Legacy for those of us who were fortunate enough to have known him. I will always remember his respectful demeanor towards others. He was a gracious and kind gentleman who possessed a spirit of generosity. Lonnie will be missed and remembered because he was such a positive and stable human being.

I give all praises to God for allowing me to know my brother Lonnie Wms. and to have spent quiet time with him, to receive words of advice and encouragement when needed, he was a good man, a good friend, a proud father, loving husband and I will miss you dearly.
My brother, My friend, your loving sister; Willetta "Russell" Pyburn of Dallas, Tx. and family.

Such a kind man. He will be missed.

You are in our thoughts and prayers,


Darrel and Resa Gross

Your presence will be so very much missed. With deepest sorrow. Your Cousin Anna Sannoh

I will miss "Big Lonnie" as a dear friend and past cohort.  Lonnie was present at our Topeka High School Graduation of 1969, when our after party was prematurely interrupted by disrutpive parties.  Big Lonnie, Billy Wilkerson, and Levi Lee, Jr were present to direct traffic from an accident that had occurred during this melee, and to ensure that everyone was safe.  Lonnie was an intense,but kind individual, and someone that I enjoyed visitng with over the years.  Whether you always agreed with some of his positions on economic development within the Black Community, or who would win a particular Super Bowl, Lonnie always had an opinion. Rest in peace my friend.  Your community and intrapersonal skills with everyone you came into contact with, will certainly be missed.

It is a Long road that Has No Turns.  Lonnie 's life traveles cover a fair amount of time.  His life actives allowed him to travele a Far greater distance through the twist and turns of life.  He never faultered in his commitment to you his family and his friends.  To the Family, I too feel your lost and it is painful.  Truly words cannot begin to define the importance of Lonnie's contribution, as a leader to you his Family, Friends, and to the City and Business Community of Topeka.  

His remberance appears on the Front Page of todays' paper above the fold.  That is significant and  monumental.  His good works will continue through all of the Lives he touched and the initiatives he put in place.  It is my honor to have worked with him through the years.  Moreover, those works continue to give me hope that the City can be better for all which is what Lonnie worked so very hard for.  From Renita and the entire Harrison Family, Take care and be well.  

Alonzo "Lonnie" Harrison  

Earth removed and Heaven bound, Rest in peace.

Lonnie was my next door neighbor.  He always had a smile on his face and ready to help.  He will be missed.

Such an enormous supportive structure for so many of us. Your ability to support those who so badly needed it without bring attention or shame and not needing to boast your helping hand. You are a great, father, business parter, spouse and best friend to asfriend 

Mr. Williams,

It is with sadness to acknowledge the loss your absence will be experienced on earth. Your brillance, warm demeanor, leadership, guidance, and your over presence which has been s





I will cherish our fun conversations and our fun times. Will miss you terribly. Cousin Ann.