Kenneth Michael Williams Kenneth Williams, age 69, died Thursday morning at Duke University Medical Center after a week of critical illness with loving family by his side. He had been in declining health for several years.
He is survived by a son, Jacob Lee Williams. Although Ken was an only child, he had many cousins; in particular Roger, Jesse, Kelly and Zane and his wife Lori Gauldin, who all considered him a brother from a different mother. He had great friend in Bruce Lewis, whom he considered his brother. He had a great friend, confidant, and mentor in his former business partner, Doug Cozart. He also had a special relationship with Jacob’s mother and her husband, Crystal and Henry Piarrot, as they worked together for years to co-parent Jacob.
He was born in Danville, VA but spent a good portion of this life in the Triad Region of NC. He also lived in California, Florida, and Tennessee. While he experienced many different career opportunities in his life: textile worker, truck driver, bus driver, heavy equipment operator, sheet metal mechanic, and even a successful bail bondsman, his passion was always music. He enjoyed singing, playing guitar, and writing music. He did a stint as a late-night radio DJ and toured with the rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer as support staff. In his later years he moved to Nashville where he immersed himself in the songwriter’s scene and performed several times at The Bluebird Café on open mic night. He was a creative free spirit to say the least and loved to share colorful stories of his many adventures that were always sure to get a good laugh.
Although there will be no formal ceremony at this time, Ken requested that anyone wanting to honor his passing should do so in the way in which he enjoyed living his life, having a good time with family and friends and raise a glass for a toast. At a later time, the family will host a gathering to spread his ashes.
The song popularized by Vince Gill says it best “Go rest high on that mountain, Wish I could see the Angels faces when they hear your sweet voice sing.”
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Piedmont Cremation & Funeral Service of Graham, NC.
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