Robert D. Williams
Robert David Williams was born to Charles and Lucy Williams in Toledo, Ohio on February 21, 1924, the fifth of six brothers.
Bob served his country in the Army, in the Pacific Theater during World War II between 1942 and 1945. Upon discharge, he attended Emmanuel Missionary College (now known as Andrews University). Shortly after arriving on campus, Beverly Ann Cates, caught his eye. They were married the following year in 1947.
In college, Bob majored in Theology and minored in Music. During this time, his interests included various singing and directing engagements. From 1949 to 1951, he was invited to work with a fledgling children’s radio program,Your Story Hour as their director, producer, announcer and other various character roles. He also provided for his young family working many odd jobs to supplement the G.I. Bill.
He graduated from college in 1952 and started working as a pastor for the Michigan Conference the following year. Bob was a musically gifted soloist and always maintained an interest in quartet music. For 17 years (during college and beyond), he sang baritone with The Gospel Heralders quartet. For 10 years, he pastored several churches in the Michigan Conference. In 1963 he was invited to become pastor of the Lodi Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. In the spring of 1969, he accepted an invitation to work for the Northern California Conference, regional administrative office for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as the Stewardship and Family Life Director. He retained that position until his retirement in 1989.
In the following year, he and Ann chose to return to Lodi and retire among the church family they had grown to hold dear. He continued to stay active serving as interim pastor for several nearby churches as needed, including Lodi English Oaks, Stockton, Elk Grove and Angels Camp until he “re-retired” in 2004.
Bob loved his Lord, and was a dedicated family man. He and Ann had four children together. David was born in ’49, Charles in ’51, Marcia in ’56 and John in ’70. He found enjoyment in cooking, baking and golf. He was preceded in death by his son David and all five of his brothers.