Born in the fall of 1953 in Gainesville Florida, Ricky Williams was 1 of 6 children born to the late Ernest Williams Sr. and current matriarch, Eula Williams.
Ricky was a graduate of Gainesville High School class of 1971. Grinnell College of Iowa in 1975 and the University of Florida’s Levin School of Law in 1978.
Ricky Williams was tall, handsome, athletic and charismatic. In his spare time he enjoyed basketball and tennis in his earlier years and golf in his latter. A sharp dresser, Ricky always knew what was appropriate. He was stunning in the courtroom, on the golf course and on the tennis court.
After Law school Ricky Williams rose swiftly in his hometown of Gainesville and became Volusia County’s First African American Assistant Attorney.
Ricky Williams later relocated to Tampa and boldly served the community as a trial lawyer through his law practice, Williams & Associates, filling a void for Black Criminal Attorneys.
Ricky’s collaborative relationship with the most outstanding attorneys in the Bay area assisted with the founding of Call Ricky Ask Ricky, a legal and medical referral service. As the managing member, his office was located on the THAP Business campus at 5508 N 50th.
Following a hard fought battle with cancer, Ricky was relieved of his pain the morning of September 1st 2022. Chestnut Funeral home in Gainesville received his body and his celebration of Life was held at Bible Based Fellowship Church in Tampa on Ehrlich Rd.
Renowned civil rights Attorney Warren Hope Dawson spoke highly and proudly of Ricky.
Rev Dr. Earl Mason of Bible Based - Temple Terrace delivered the Eulogy and Pastor Anthony White did the Committal.
Ricky Williams was laid to rest in Pine Grove Cemetery in Gainesville, Florida. He leaves behind three sons: Marco Williams (Christian Williams) of Atlanta, Brian Williams and Ricky Williams Jr. of Tampa, two daughters: Latiera Streeter of Upper Marlboro Maryland and Rachel Hagans of Tampa Florida along with 5 grandchildren: Duke, Legacy, Ricky III, Clarke and Ryan, five siblings , a host of cousins , nephews and friends.
Ricky Williams was well loved and a loyal supporter of N-Touch News.