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1939 Dee 2016

Dee Arthur Williams

August 14, 1939 — February 22, 2016

Remembering the life of a Father, Grandfather, Companion, and Friend.  Dee Arthur Williams, also known as Jerome by many was born August 14, 1939 to mother Annie and father John Henry Williams. He was one of 10 siblings, rejoiced with Andrew Williams, Marjorie Williams, Matthew Williams and Eloise Davis; survived by youngest brother Raymond Williams and sister Miriam Williams. Dee Arthur A.K.A Jerome was very family oriented, Always putting the needs of others first. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, he soon began to venture, living in California, and eventually making Portland, Oregon his second home.  In Portland, Oregon, Dee was well known and respected by many. He was a honorable man, very authentic, and admired for his style and hustle. Coming to Portland to start a new life, he enrolled at PCC Sylvania, majoring In Machine Technology. He soon began to work for several companies including Crown Zellerbach, The Shipyard, as a CNA for a nursing facility, and bartending at The Alaska Club. Aside from work, he also ran an Afterhours club.   Some of Dee’s greatest accomplishments developed in Portland, opening and maintaining his restaurant “Captain’s Quarters” for 3+ years, and also continuing the William’s legacy, bringing four sons into this world.  Dee leaves behind his wife of  30+ years, Lisa Rogers, 4 children, Creston Williams, Chris Williams, Steven  Morris, and Jamal Hall, Accompanied  by a host of grandchildren; DeJon Williams , Trae’shell Williams , Tariq Williams , Akiah Williams , Hezekiah Williams, San Suraye Williams , Khayliah Levert , Shylecia Morris, Sarah Bell and Anniyah Morris.  In addition to the family listed, Dee is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. DeeArthur was a loving, devoted Grandfather; supportive, caring Dad; And a compassionate, thoughtful husband.  From days spent at Dawson Park playing dominos with friends, to his love of jazz or playing pool and games of chess, these were the things that made him happy. Long walks with his buddy Bosco, and days spent watching sports were his everyday life. We are left to cherish the pleasant memories and smiles for a lifetime. Dee shared knowledge, and words of wisdom that will be forever felt and remembered. His presence & love will remain in our hearts as we honor a great man and even greater soul. May you truly rest in peace.


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