Charlie James Williams, age 84, of Rockford, traded this life from mortality to immortality on October 27, 2016 at home in Rockford, Illinois. Charlie was born September 23, 1932 to Henry L. Williams, Sr. and Luada Thornton-Williams in Flora, Mississippi.

In May 1961 Charlie married Edna Belle Hubbard. To this union, they were blessed with four sons, Charles, Anthony, John and Deion Williams.

Charlie accepted Christ in his later years in Niles, Michigan, where he was also baptized.

Charlie was drafted into the armed US Air force, and he served his country with Honor. After leaving the U.S. Air Force, he became a reserve police officer for the city of Elgin, IL. He later retired from DelToro Landscaping Company of Dundee, IL, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator and driver.

Charlie was loved by many people. He was an avid fisherman and music enthusiast who enjoyed both traditional and contemporary jazz. Charlie loved to cook and travel. He was a great history buff with a lifelong love of learning. Most of all, he loved family and getting everyone together for a good time.

Charlie was preceded in death by his loving wife, Edna; and his siblings, Henry II, Leola, Leanna, Albert, Frank, Manric and Matti.

Charlie is survived by his five sons, Charles James Williams, Anthony James Williams, John Henry Williams, Deion Patrick Williams, and Randy Martin; his daughter Barbara Martin; thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, loving cousins and many dear friends.

Visitation will be 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM with service at 12:00 PM, Rev. Willie Tate officiating, at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin, IL. Interment at Bluff City Cemetery November 11, 2016. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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