John Mitchell Williams
John Mitchell Williams, 57, formerly of New Kent, Virginia, was called home at the age of 57 on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.
John was born in New Kent on July 1, 1963. After graduating from New Kent High School (after never missing a day) in 1981, he relocated to the southeastern part of Virginia, or “The 757” as he would come to affectionately call it later in life.
His first years were spent as a student at Old Dominion University, graduating in 1985 with a marketing degree. While enrolled, he pledged the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Tau Lambda Chapter in 1982.
Shortly after graduation, John started his foray into the field of insurance sales. His first stop was at Allstate where he would meet his future wife and mother to his two daughters, Carolyn Kates. John and Carolyn wed in May of 1989, and a few years later, he started his own insurance business that would eventually become known as Armor Insurance.
John proved to be a business maven, winning countless awards and landing at the top of numerous sales lists. He never spoke of his accolades, as they were never his focus; the praise and adoration were never the driving factors with John. Instead of the quest to do things the right way, the first time was a North Star that drove him. Doing things the right way meant a life dedicated to God and family, being a man of action, not words. When his words were spoken, they were listened to by the masses. He was active in the ministry from his days as a child at Second Liberty Baptist Church to his time later in life at Calvary Revival Church, and most recently, New Life Global Church.
John was many things to many different people; a husband, son, father, frat brother, a Harley man, workout buddy, and mentor among many things. While he was a different thing to a bevy of people, he was fundamentally the same thing to all of them; a terrific example of how to do what was asked of you. While he will be missed, he will be honored and never forgotten.
John is preceded in death by his father, Richard E. Williams Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn Kates Williams; three children, Jamaal Anthony (Hilary) of Portland, Oregon, Nia of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Dominique of Virginia Beach, Virginia; two grandsons, Liam and Aaron; two newborn twin granddaughters, Simone and Vivienne; mother, Gloria Clarice Williams; three brothers, Richard E. Williams Jr. (Karen) of Glen Allen, Virginia, Wayne (Silvia) of New Kent, Virginia, and Daniel of New Kent, Virginia; and a host of close relatives and loving friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of John Mitchell Williams to New Life Global Local or Global Outreach, 1244 Thompkins Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23464; the Life Enrichment Center, 230 W. Bute Street, Norfolk, VA 23510; or Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.