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Robert “Earl” Stephens

April 22, 1943 ~ September 17, 2020

Services will be held: September 20, 2020

Lisa Penny Taylor

June 30, 1951 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

Archie Cairns Miller

October 28, 1930 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

MSgt. Roger Lee Teasley, USAF (Ret.)

February 8, 1949 ~ August 27, 2020

Services will be held: September 18, 2020

James Keith Partin

April 11, 1957 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

Rosemarie Perrotta

July 15, 1940 ~ September 14, 2020

Services will be held: September 21, 2020

Gerald Owen Patterson

October 2, 1940 ~ September 10, 2020

Services will be held: September 15, 2020

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Willard Ray Owen

October 8, 1934 ~ September 13, 2020

Services will be held:

Mayor Ronnie Williams

February 24, 1948 ~ September 12, 2020

GARNER- Mayor Ronald Stephen Williams passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020, after a long and hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Surrounded by his loving family, his death was peaceful at his home. Ronnie grew up in Garner and graduated from Garner High in 1966. After a stint at Wake Technical Community College, He was drafted into the Army and served two years in Vietnam.
When he returned from service to his country to his beloved town of Garner, he launched a distinguished career of community service. Few citizens have devoted as much time, energy, and love to a single purpose to uplift and promote his town full of caring and good neighbors. His last words delivered to the public summed up his beliefs fully practiced for 38 years in the Town of Garner: “Service is what keeps us going. Service is what brought us here. Service is what will keep us here.”
Early service included membership in The Garner Jaycees, including a term as president. He was a volunteer fireman (1970-1976) and volunteer with Garner EMS (1976-1983). He was the Chief of Garner EMS for three years. He was a member of Garner Housing Appeals Board (1983-1985). He was elected as Town Alderman (1985-2005) and Garner Mayor (2005-2019). Williams’ tenure as mayor was marked by numerous accomplishments that greatly enhanced the community’s quality of life and the level of municipal services provided to Garner residents. His first term as mayor got underway with completion of renovations of the Garner Performing Arts Center auditorium in the old Garner High School building. In 2009, the Town opened the 96-acre White Deer Park and its LEED Gold Certified Nature Center. In 2013, thanks to a citizen-led initiative and with the support of the Town, the Garner Veterans Memorial in Lake Benson Park was dedicated. That same year saw voter approval of a $35.7 million bond program that enabled the construction of a new Town Hall, police headquarters and other projects including the Garner Recreation Center. In June 2013, Garner was named an All-America City. Williams led a delegation of community representatives who traveled to Denver to compete and win the town’s prestigious honor, known as “the Nobel Prize for civic accomplishment.” Williams also helped guide the town through tragedy when in 2009 an explosion at the old ConAgra plant on Jones Sausage Road killed four people. During his last term as mayor, the Town was able to announce plans to redevelop the former ConAgra site as an Amazon fulfillment center. That center recently opened, bringing over 3,000 jobs and $200 million of new investment to Garner.

Williams assumed roles of regional and statewide leadership during his tenure as mayor. He served as chair of the Wake County Mayors Association from 2007 to 2009 and was selected to be an at-large member of the N.C. League of Municipalities’ Board of Directors.
He was a Mason, having served as Master in Garner Lodge 701. He also was a member of the Garner Shrine Club and Amran Shrine Temple.

His family was far more important than his public service, and this love extended to coaching for little league in Garner Baseball and CASL in youth soccer. He also was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Aversboro Road Baptist Church. In recognition of life-long work to Garner, he was presented with the 2016 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. The award is bestowed on citizens who have made substantial, outstanding contributions to Garner over a significant number of years

He is predeceased by his parents Silas and Edna Davis Williams and a brother Roger. Surviving are his wife Betsy Green Williams; sons Stephen Dale and wife Amy, Scott Allen and wife Joy; grandchildren Kaylee and Jackson, and a soon to be expected grandson, Wyatt Stephen Williams; and brother John and wife Taryn.

Mayor Williams will lie in state from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. The family will plan a Community Memorial Service for Ronnie as soon as Covid restrictions for congregation are lifted.

Flowers are welcomed or memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


September 16, 2020

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner




  1. Karen Ford Grizzard

    Betsy & family, our hearts go out to you. Praying for you and hoping the many wonderful memories of a life well lived will be foremost in your minds. Love, Karen & Bill Grizzard & Annie Ruth Ford

  2. Gary and Connie Barnes Mathe

    Betsy, so sorry to hear about the loss of Ronny. You and your family are in our prayers. May God send blessings and love at this time of need. Love you.

  3. Jimmy Stevens

    Ronnie was one of my oldest and dearest friends. He did so very much for the town of Garner, but more importantly he was a true servant to the people. Ronnie was a patriot who loved his country, his community, his family and his Lord. I will miss you my beloved friend.

  4. Pat Ayscue

    I will miss Ronnie as will so many more. He was there at the airport with my sister and me when they brought my grandson home from Iraq. He led the tribute paid by the Town and everyone in honoring Henry. He was with us in Denver driving the team to win the All America City award. He was there for every Memorial Day and Veteran Day celebration. He always took time to greet me and remember Henry. He was a leading force in Garner’s growth and truly loved his town. RIP and rest now.

  5. Debra Poole

    My prayers go out to Ronnie’s family. He was a good man.

  6. Jim and Cheryl Wooten

    Betsy and family,
    Praying for you and your family as you grieve the loss of Ronnie. Praying God to comfort your hearts and give you strength to face the days ahead.
    Jim and Cheryl Wooten

  7. Wayne and Luann Bumgardner

    Many fun days spent with Ronnie at the Rescue Squad. We are so sorry to hear about his struggle with this awful disease.
    Betsy we are praying for you and your family.

  8. James Ferry

    We will all so miss Ronnie. Truly, he cared. Truly, he was a man for all the people, all the people of Garner. One thing not noted in Ronnie’s obituary was his devotion to education – Ronnie was such an ardent, strong, cheer leading backer of the Garner Educational Foundation over the years, doing so much over the years for all the children of this community. Even more, Ronnie was a courageous, visionary supporter and initiator, bord member. of the Annual Garner MLK Celebration Committee – advocating equal rights and equal recognition for all, so helping our African American citizens gain visibility and respect and honor in a way they never had had before in this community. Ronnie never hid his light under any bushel basket. He let it shine fort h for al the world to see. Thanks be to God!

  9. Leonard and Debby Cross

    Betsy we are so sorry for your loss. Ronnie was a good man and did so many good things for Garner and we always enjoyed talking with him. Please know that we are praying for you and your family during this time.

  10. Mayor Dick Sears

    Ronnie was a very special friend and he will certainly be missed. I knew and worked with Ronnie when he was Mayor of Garner and me as Mayor of Holly Springs–what a pleasure and honor to have known him. You are in a better place Ronnie.

  11. Julianne Sauvageot

    We first met Ronnie when he delivered our mail. I am surprised that his years as a postman is not mentioned as I’m sure that’s how many of us got to know him and he got to know us. We truly appreciate the man he was and the contributions he made to the town of Garner. It has been an honor to know him. May he rest in peace.
    Burt and Julie Sauvageot

  12. Judy A Pounds

    Betsy and family, so sorry for your loss. Ronnie was a good man and served his community well. Hugs and prayers for the upcoming days.

  13. The Phillips Family, Garner, NC

    Mayor Ronnie Williams will be greatly missed, my family adored him. Mayor Williams loved The Town of Garner and it’s citizens. During Mayor Williams’ tenure, Garner became an “All American City”, and the town has grown significantly, he was definitely “the mayor for all people.”

  14. Virginia (Jena) Carroll

    My sympathy is extended to Betsy and ALL of Ronnie’s family. I know his family is very proud of all his many accomplishments and contributions.
    Virginia (Jena )Carroll

  15. Michael and Queen Caviness

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Betsy and the entire Williams Family. Mayor Williams was an All-American Mayor and public servant of an All-American City. The residents of Garner have been immensely blessed by his service and faithful dedication, and because of his service, our lives and the great community of Garner are all the better for it. Thank God for his life, labors of love and the great legacy he leaves behind for all of us to embrace.

  16. Pamela Jackson

    I will miss you Ronnie, I was your caretaker for the past three months, you bought joy and sunshine to my life on a daily basis. You will truly be missed by me. I know that you are in a better place now with no more suffering and I know that you will smile down on your family and me, so please don’t forget us. Love you!!😇😉🤩

  17. Mark Grady

    Ronnie was definitely one of the good guys. I had the pleasure of getting to know him during my days at WRAL and always enjoyed our conversations. He was a community leader that truly served the people he represented. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

  18. Wayne Bare

    Betsy and Family.
    We will keep you in our thoughts during the coming days. Ronnie was truly a representative of the people in Garner.

  19. john martin

    Chief had good times as a lot with Garner StMarys rescue.I joined in 76 while in high school.Your leadership helped alot of us.I still consider us as a big family too this day.Fly high chief.

  20. Mayor Dick Sears

    Mayor Dick Sears

    First, my prayers to Betsy and the family. I will read tonight during our Town Board Meeting , the following: “Before we start, I want to request a few moments of silence to recognize the passing of the former Mayor of Garner, Ronnie Williams. A very good Mayor and a very good friend”.

  21. Dr. B.C. Raynor & Margaret Raynor and Staff

    Ronnie was a nice fellow and a good person. He served Garner as a postman and Mayor for many years. He will be missed by all that knew him and dealt with him as Mayor in the politics of Garner.

    B.C. Raynor and Margaret and all employees

  22. Beverly Smith

    Our hearts are heavy but we are rejoicing in the life that Mayor Williams lived. He was a true servant leader in the Garner community as well as a string supporter of his Alma Mater, Garner Senior/Magnet High School. He will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

    Beverly Smith and the GMHS Family

  23. Richard Pittman

    Betsy and family:
    So sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Ronnie lots of mornings on our neighborhood walks resulting in interesting conversation. Also have fond memories of Ronnie during the beach days at Salter Path. He was a good man and good for the town of Garner. May God bless and give you peace.

  24. Dick Sears

    At our Town Board Meeting last night (9/15) , I stated “before we start, I want to request a few moments of silence to recognize the passing of the former Mayor of Garner, Ronnie Williams, who passed on Saturday at the age of 72. A very good Mayor and a very good friend. ” Our prayers are with his family. Mayor Dick Sears of Holly Springs.

  25. Debbie DeLaPorte

    My sweet cousin Betsy, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband Ronnie.🌹🇺🇸I know he will be deeply missed by you and your family. He will be missed by all of Garner that knew him as their Mayor and friend.I loved watching the video of all of you in the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.🙏❤️U

  26. Tracy Bell

    Truly Mayor Ronnie was a Jewel in our community. He simply loved people period and was proud to serve us. I miss him already. Let’s pray that Mrs Williams and the family will be comforted during this challenging time in their life.

  27. Joyce Allen Davis

    Ronnie will surely be missed. I can truly say that he was “my mayor” and always joked that I would run against him as a write in, he would not have missed my vote, because he was such a true and caring man and the town stood beside him 100%. My prayers go out to his wife and family. May God bless with peace and understanding during this time.

  28. Bruce and Debbie Woods

    Ronnie will be missed by many. Always put a smile on my face. He has reached his earthly goal–going to Heaven. Will keep his family in our prayers.

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