As a child, Williams walked from the Southtown Court housing project to Daniel Payne School every day. He enlisted in the army and served as a paratrooper before returning to Birmingham to work in the cast-iron pipe industry. He was promoted to supervisor at U.S. Pipe before he retired.
- Robinson, Carol (March 10, 2015) "'His reward on Earth was murder,' says friend of slain 71-year-old former paratrooper." The Birmingham News