Bobby Williams

Classmates Remember

"Whenever I think of Bobby, I remember those braces he wore and how he loved to put his finger in his mouth and pop one of the rubber bands. How shocking! Then there was the time I was driving along with several friends in my family's station wagon. Bobby was a passenger in the back seat. Unknown to me (I was watching the road, after all, and we were in a residential area), he crawled out the window, over the roof, and looked in my face from outside the vehicle. I nearly had a heart attack and immediately applied the brakes. That was a shock for him. Touché. And didn't he become legal counsel for insurance companies?"  Barbara Fisher Kimbrel-Roach
"Bobby Williams was a classmate and friend to many. Popular as he was he could always find ways to make me blush and laugh at the same time in that he had a little teasing he loved to do to me. He was always friendly and was cordial to everyone. He was a little bit of a politician but not too much to remember he was first a classmate to all. The shock of his death took me by surprise. He will be sorely missed and I am so sorry not to have seen him once more before his life ended. The class has experienced a great loss. It is hard to say good-by."    Miriam Sheppard Dubose
"I remember Bobby as a happy fellow with much to recommend him. Thinking back through 45 years, I see a young man with much promise a clear wit and a good sense of mischief. I considered him a true friend. And now, discovering his passing, I miss him, knowing he will not pass this way again. I hope his family knows how much we will miss him too." Wally Brazzeal
"Bobby had a big black Buick Century and I think that he thought that it was the fastest car in Palatka. My dad had a beige Buick Special that he let me drive on special occasions. I always wanted to race Bobby to see which Buick was the fastest. I was afraid to do so because my dad would have killed me if I had messed up his nice new Buick. It would have been nice to talk to Bobby about the race that never was."  Drake Tilley
"I always thought Bobby was so nice looking! He was so outgoing and funny! I had the greatest respect for him. I must confess I always wanted to go out with Bobby but he was "taken". Just as I had always known, Bobby became a very successful man and I am sure contributed much to his profession and the people around him! I wish I had gotten to visit with him at least one more time!"  Inez Browning
"Bobby was a great guy and a friend to everyone. He had a good sense of humor and with a touch of mischievousness. I remember one occasion during student assembly when Bobby got up to speak he said "I want you to know that I had to get out of the sick bed to be here today-my girlfriend is home with a bad cold." This brought the house down but later that day after visiting with the principal he made a apology over the intercom to the entire school."  Ron Mull

"Bobby Williams was one of the 2 or 3 best that our class had to offer the rest of the world.  We all know he was the most popular guy in our class, went to college, and then to law school.  You might not know what he did after that.  He graduated from law school with Joe Warren and both went to work for the railroad in Jacksonville.  Both went into private practice, Bobby with a firm that did workman’s compensation.  He “interned” (so to speak) with the best such lawyer in Jacksonville and then went on to outshine him completely. This was, I think, simply because Bobby was who and what he was - - the nicest guy you ever met - -  and the other guy was an arrogant jerk.  Bobby became the “Dean” of workman’s comp in North Florida. Young, green workman’s comp lawyers went to him for advice and counsel on knotty problems and he was  respected and beloved by an entire generation of them.  Criminal bar and civil bar do not cross paths very often, have different clients, and practice before different judges and in different places. But, whenever I did see Bobby it was always big grins, handshakes,  slaps on the back, and whatever family news there was.  He grew up 1 ½ blocks from me when we both lived on 9th Street and I spent days and weeks in his backyard.  He was at my first birthday party and he was at my last.  He was my lab partner in college and he gleefully destroyed me at tennis.  Every day of my life that I can remember, Bobby was my friend.  I  never knew a better man - - and I never will."  Tommy Kimbrel