Richard Everrod Williams, 67, cofounder and pastor of the Restorative Center in Trinidad

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Richard Everrod Williams
Richard Everrod Williams

The Rev. Richard Everrod Williams, 67, a loving husband, father, friend and teacher, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Richard was born and raised in Fyzabad. He was the son of the late Samuel Williams and Irene O’Garro (nee) Williams.

Rev. Williams was a member of First Baptist Church; serving as an Associate Minister and the Minister of Christian Education. Prior to becoming a minister, he served eight years for the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service, as an officer with the rank of Constable, before coming to the United States in1987. When in America, Richard worked in security for a Wall Street Bank, before fulfilling his calling to the Lord to become a minister. Richard studied and was ordained in 2002, under the guidance of Rev. Earl Robinson, at the New Emanuel Christian Center, Bronx, New York.

Richard continued to do the Lord’s work. He became the co-founder and pastor of the Restorative Center in Trinidad, with Bishop Stephen Bernard. Richard loved to travel and to learn new things. He was a great adviser and teacher to his family and friends. Richard could keep a room very entertained with his wit, humor and knowledge of the Bible, but he also was a patient listener.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel M. Vernon, of Williamsburg, originally from New York; his brother, Thiery Williams, of Trinidad; seven children of both Trinidad and the United States, including Nicole Purcell & Kenwin Purcell, Deacon Lester Williams & Ann Marie, Ria Peters & Joel Peters, Kenda Tate & Michael Tate, Kendall Simon, Rachel Singh & Rackesh Singh, and Larry Williams; his 13 grandchildren, Reuel Peters, Lynisha Roberts, Jordel Peters, Leanne Williams, Kaydee Singh, Kelsey Singh, Jewel Peters, Kimani Singh, Liam Williams, Mylia Tate, Jorden Simon, Markel Tate and Donnie Sparks; his nieces and nephews; other loving relatives and friends.

He was also predeceased by his sister, Joan Huggins, of Alabama, and a brother, George Williams, of Trinidad.

A Memorial Celebration will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in First Baptist Church, 727 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, with the Reverend Dr. Reginald F. Davis officiating.