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.