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Robert Franklin Williams

March 18, 1954 ~ September 12, 2021 (age 67)


Robert Franklin Williams, age 67, of Moncure, died Sunday morning, September 12, 2021, with his family by his side, at UNC Hospital.

Robert was born at Lee County Hospital, Sanford NC on March 18, 1954, to Ben Robert Williams and the late Frances Brooks Williams.  He was also preceded in death by an older sister, Mary Susan Williams, maternal grandparents, Charlie Brooks & wife Pearl and paternal grandparents, Paul Williams & wife Lydia.

Robert grew up loving the countryside and living close to his maternal grandparents, where he spent many days roaming the woods and playing outdoors with family and friends.  Robert graduated from Pittsboro High School in 1972.  He attended Campbell College in Buies Creek, NC, where he flourished and met many lifelong friends.  He worked for Budget Rental Cars at RDU airport and was transferred to Knoxville, TN in the late eighties, where he loved living in the mountains.  He was particularly smitten with a beautiful place, “Cades Cove”, where his family spent time when visiting him.  He had a fondness for nature and the simple things in life.  His favorite holiday was Christmas.  During his childhood, scouting for a tree in the woods to bring home and decorate in the family living room was his passion.  He enjoyed watching sporting events, especially Duke basketball.  He also enjoyed music and possessed unusual background knowledge of artists, particularly classic rock.  His dog, Woodrow, was his pride and joy for many years and he often rode him around in his Toyota truck.  Photography was a favorite hobby and he loved taking pictures of the outdoors or of his family members, especially at get togethers.  During the emergence of video camcorders, he was once quoted as saying “there is nothing like a still photo to capture a single moment in time”

In addition to his father, he is survived by one brother, Richard Williams & wife Joni of Moncure and one sister, Sandra Burke & husband Bill Slaughter of Goldston.  His niece and nephews are Brooke Strowd & husband Robert of Moncure, Richie Williams of Pittsboro, Hayden Burke & wife Jessie of Goldston, Carter Burke of Goldston and Banks Burke of Goldston.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 6PM to 8PM at Donaldson Funeral Home, Pittsboro NC.  A private family service will be held at a later time.

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September 15, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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