Lenza Williams, Jr.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Jayess for Mr. Lenza (Rick) Williams, Jr., 59, who died Monday, March 12, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. Rev. Edward Herron officiated, with interment following in the church cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Lenza Williams, Jr. was born in Lawrence County to Lenza and Charlene Williams. He joined Salem M. B. Church as a young man. He graduated from Topeka Tilton High School and Tougaloo College with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. He was commissioned by the military through Jackson State’s ROTC program as 2nd Lieutenant and worked his way up to 1st Lieutenant. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
He worked with his father at Williams Construction, later with Lawrence County School District as a teacher and most recently with juveniles in Nashville, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Brenda and two brothers, Frank and Charles.
Mr. Williams is survived by: one daughter, Lajuana Wales of Memphis, Tennessee; son, Christopher (Dominique) Williams of Newport News, Virginia; two grandchildren; three sisters, Vergie (Albert), Linda (Haywood) and Elizabeth; lifelong friends, Eddie and Candice Rhodman of Nashville, Tennessee, and many other relatives and friends.