A Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Harold Williams, Sr. of Tampa, Florida who passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020 will be held Saturday, February 1st, 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Progress Village, 8722 Progress Blvd., Dr. Sam Maxwell, Senior Teaching Pastor, officiating. Harold Williams, Sr. affectionately known as “Tampa Blue” was born April 23, 1934 in Tampa, Florida to the parentage of Julius Williams and Elouise Wynn; both who have preceded him in death. Harold attended schools in the Hillsborough County School District graduating from Middleton High School Class of 1954, where he was a star athlete. Harold was noted in many of the athletic record books at Middleton High. Harold also played football in the United States Army in Germany and at Morris College. He was one of the notable members of The Tampa Legends and the 50 Iron Men’s Club. Harold was a US Army Veteran having served his country honorably until being discharged. Harold was a longtime resident and icon in the Progress Village Community where he coached Little League Baseball, Progress Village All Stars and Progress Village Panthers. The Panthers football field was named in his honor. He was the first president of the Panthers Organization and served from 1997-2004. Harold was employed as a construction superintendent supervising the construction of many of the high-rise buildings in the Tampa Bay Area and jobs in the country Saudi Arabia. He also owned his own construction company. Harold had a passion for music and learned to play the piano and organ proficiently and he also wrote songs. He loved to travel and enjoyed all types of sports including golf and bowling, where he was a member of the Golden Ages Bowling League. He also enjoyed playing spades and grilling. He was also a Mason. Harold was a member of The First Baptist Church of Progress Village under the pastorate of the late Rev. B. T. Williams in the early 60’s and continued under Rev. Roosevelt Robinson, Jr. and now Dr. Sam Maxwell. Harold sang in the Male Chorus. Harold was married to the love of his life, Josephine Williams and was widowed after 18 years of marriage. Harold leaves to cherish precious and loving memories with his children; Herberthia Williams, Denise Williams-Hunter, Tracey Williams, Harold Williams II, Darold Williams and Ozzie Timmons; a loving sister, Sandra Allen; a host of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; nieces; Temisha Lawson, Tiffany Gordon, Latarra Thomas, Gloria Allen and Eve Allen-Henderson; nephews; Haltrent Allen, Joseph Allen, Michael Hamilton Sr., Jimmy Allen, Bernard Allen Jr., Eric Allen and Lionel Thomas; sister-in-law; Dorothy Allen; a host of cousins and other sorrowing relatives and friends. The visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Progress Village on Friday, January 31st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the church on Saturday for the service.
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