Bruce C. ‘Boomer’ Williams responded to the call of his Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of November 24, 2021, at the age of 70, and will spend eternity in the presence of the Almighty.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Nina Williams, 11 children and their spouse; Mark Parris (Shay), Elizabeth Velasco (Tony), Clay Williams (Jami), Bruce Williams (Kristin), Wayne Williams (Beckie), Mary Williams (Pedro Ramirez), John Williams (Caitlyn), David Williams (Iulia), Rachael Goff (Jordan), Wade Williams (Julia), Darby Williams. Additionally, Bruce is survived by nearly 30 grandchildren, his brother, Sandy Williams, and wife Bernice, their sons, Dr. Michael Williams (Heather) and Matthew Williams, as well as his niece Michele Ison (Mitchell), nephew Craig Williams (Kerry), and niece Jennifer Williams.
Bruce is preceded in death by his father and mother, Clay and Mary Williams, his brother, Craig Williams, and nephew, Mark Williams.
Bruce was born in Ashland, Kentucky, and grew up in Hazard, Kentucky, where he attended high school at Hazard High School (HHS). While attending HHS, Bruce participated in both football and basketball and was recently inducted in HHS Football Hall of Fame.
Bruce joined the Army Reserves in the early ’70s. He spent most of his early 20’s in school and working in sales.
Bruce and Nina met in Ashland, Kentucky in 1974 and they were married in 1975. They were blessed with 10 children. In 1983, they relocated to Northwest Florida where they raised their family and still reside today. In Northwest Florida, Bruce started and ran several businesses over the years.
Bruce loved traveling, missions, and helping people in general. He had his pilot’s license for nearly 30 years and flew constantly during that time. He worked on missions in Mexico, India, and Russia and also supported missions in Africa. In his later years, his love for people and a desire to help those in need led him to drive for Uber. He used this opportunity to spread God’s message and talk with people from all walks of life.
Many of Bruce’s hobbies brought joy to the family-like aviation, while some resulted in much complaining, such as the owning and breeding of show dogs.
Bruce was constantly reading the Bible to gain a better understanding and to share the message of Christ. He also enjoyed spirited debate and teaching his children the rules for debating each other. He liked to ask “why,” so that you knew why.
He found great joy in watching his children grow into adults and immense pride in every one of their successes, no matter how small. He was so proud of his children and talked about them any chance he had. He truly treasured his grandchildren and especially loved talking to them about their day and goings-on. He was genuinely interested in every ‘tiny’ detail. Bruce spent nearly all of his time with the love of his life, Nina. His love and adoration for her was clear to any person who ever met him. It truly was one of a kind.
Bruce leaves a big imprint on many lives, but mostly on the lives of those who loved him and called him husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle. He will be missed in this life beyond measure.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021. A time of visitation for family and friends will be at 5:00 pm, with a service following at 6 pm, At McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave. SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
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