Aaron Russell Williams


Aaron Williams passed away at his residence on June 3, 2024. He was 41 years old.

Aaron was born in Montgomery, WV on February 11, 1983, to John Robert Franklin and Sybil Myers Franklin. As was appropriate he entered the world at a whopping 9lbs and 11oz in the middle of a snowstorm. In 1984 he relocated with his mother to Texarkana, Arkansas, and has lived in the area most of his life. Soon after settling in the area Aaron and his mom would become a family with what would later become his adopted father, John C. Williams, III. Aaron always acknowledged the fact that he was lucky because Big John chose him to be his son. He was adopted in 1993 and officially became Aaron Williams.

Aaron was a curious child and loved to learn. He attended schools in Arkansas and Texas before graduating from Texas High School in 2001. His musical talent on the trumpet earned him a scholarship to Henderson State University where he performed with the Reddie’s Showband. He continued his education closer to home, attending Texarkana College.

Aaron began his career in the service industry working for Texas Roadhouse. His talent in the areas of serving and bartending led him to several venues. He was well known throughout the area for his skills in mixology and his outgoing personality and positive attitude. Aaron loved to sing! His voice was amazing, and he loved to entertain.

To say he was an LSU Fan, a Saints Fan, and a Texas Rangers fan is just the tip of the story. He was a true follower of his teams and loved sports of all kinds. He loved to bowl, play a round of disk golf or regular golf, and visit his fantasy football league. He was especially proud of his USBC ring for bowling a perfect game. You were sure to see him sporting the colors of whichever of his teams was playing that day.

Aaron’s easygoing attitude and willingness to help a friend in need made him someone that people liked to be near. His numerous friends will tell stories of ways that he helped them whether they needed a meal, a place to stay, or just a shoulder to cry on. He was perpetually the Good Guy.

Aaron is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents: Russell Myers of New Iberia, LA; Genet Phillips Naquin of Texas City, TX; Lettye Ruth Allen Williams, and John C. Williams, Jr of Canton, Mississippi and by his special great aunt and uncle Tip and Margaret Allen of Starkville Mississippi.

Aaron is survived by his son, Kamron Russell Williams Heagwood; his mother and stepfather, Sybil and Greg Rice; his father and stepmother, John C. Williams, III, and Kim Williams; grandfather, Roland Naquin of Houma, LA; grandmother, Carole Franklin of Mathews, LA; brothers, John Winston Lennon Franklin (Lindsay) of Hooks, TX, and Kevin Franklin of West Virginia; stepsisters, Keri (Ben) Dickson, of Diana, Texas, Brooke Price of Cabot, Arkansas, Kelsey (Clif) Stanton of Stonewall, Louisiana, and Ginger Goben (Tim) of Texarkana; niece, Kendyl Franklin, and nephew Mason Franklin; as well as several step-nieces and nephews, Steven Goben, Gavin Goben, Madison and Corbin Price, Adalynn Stanton, Kylie Dickson. Aaron was loved by his Godparents, Francine and Jeff Miller of Houma, LA, and his large extended family. He leaves behind a list of friends too numerous to list here but especially his best friends Adam Woodson, Joe Murray, Brandy(Nugget) Kearns, Erin Phillips, Josh Fletcher, and his cat Niblet.

A celebration of his life will take place on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Chapelwood Funeral Home in Nash, Texas. Visitation will be from noon until the start of services at 2:00 p.m. The family will be at the home of his mother in Wake Village after the service.

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