Charles R. Williams, Jr.

Charles R. Williams, Jr., 84, of Hitchcock, Texas went to be with the Lord on March 19, 2023 after suffering a long battle with cancer. He was born in Conroe, Texas on August 8, 1938. He was and Educator and Band Director for 54 years in many schools around Texas where he shared his love of music and had many Sweepstakes bands along the way. He fulfilled his dream in 1990 by returning to Hitchcock ISD until his retirement. He loved his students as if they were his own. He loved challenges and started many band programs thoughout the state. He loved making music everywhere he lived and sang with Gospel Quartets during the weekends.

He is proceeded in death by his Parents, Charles Ray Williams, Sr. and Iris Duhon Williams, Granddaughter Terri Riddle and Grandson Dustin Martin.

He Leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 54 years, Elma Williams, children, Karen Owens (Stephen), Kevin Williams (Margaret ), Kristie Sheppard (Douglas), Charles Ray Williams III; 12 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Monday March 27, 2023 from 5:30 – 7:30pm, with services at 2:00pm on Tuesday March 28, 2023 at Crowder Funeral Home Dickinson, Texas.


  1. Mr. Williams was the best band director I had in Hitchcock. I am sad that he has passed but he will always be remembered by us lucky band members.

    Marleta Balke Payne
  2. Sending you ALL my sincerest heartfelt condolences♥️

    • Thanks Natalie we love you+

      Karen Owens
  3. Charles and I would sit on our pitches and talk and talk about everything and anything.. he was a kind and gentle soul.. he loved my banana and zucchini bread and I would bless him every time I made it.. he will be missed.. my condolences and prayers to the family and my friend Elma..we don’t always understand why illness affects our loved ones but we can be reassured that Jesus is there with y’all and it’s His promise❤️

  4. I miss you Daddy. I thank God everyday that you are no longer suffering 🙏! It was a long battle but you’re not riddled with pain from cancer, its finally over. May you soar through Heaven with your wings spread wide!
    You’re loved and missed by many Daddy. We will always leave a chair out for you and sing your favorite songs during the holidays and our family gatherings. Bye for now sweet Daddy! I miss you
    Rest in peace. Amen.
    Your daughter,
    Karen ♥︎💙

    Karen Owens
  5. I loved Paw Paw very dearly and very much. I have known him since I was a kid and he always treated me like one of his daughters. I am sending the family warm, tight hugs, thoughts, and prayers during this very difficult time.

    💗 Aunt Lil’

    Lily Millsap
    • Thank you Lil we love you!❤🙏
      Love, Kaykay

      Karen Owens
  6. My thoughts and prayers to your family. He was the best band teacher High Island ever had. I remember we used to play “Family Tradition ” ever single day! He thought me alot. He will be remembered forever!

    Susie Segura
  7. Mr.Williams was the Best Band Director Ever. I was so grateful to learn to play music under his leadership! He made sure we understood we were the Pride of Bulldog Land… My most favorite memories of him is singing at our Christmas concerts.. Amazing Grace . Rest Well Mr.Williams.

    Krystle Lundy(Grice)
  8. I’m so sorry for your loss . He was such a great guy. Best band director ever. Always so kind. Gone but never forgotten. You will be missed dearly. You are now one of God’s angels

    Misti Nieto
  9. Mr. Williams always strived to make us the best band ever and he did a wonderful job. I’ve always admired him and grateful for everything he did for us from great music to new uniforms which got us out of the old wool ones. To me he will always be the best band director and truly has a place in my heart.

    Jane Wood Class of '73
  10. Will always remember you and your dear wife Elma. Go in peace with God. Sending our love and prayers.

    Louise and Harry Brownell
  11. Mr. Williams was my first band director, now well over 50 yrs ago. A fine educator and musician, he first inspired in me a love of good music that has been lifelong. Truly a good and godly man. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

    John Rooney
    Boerne, TX

    John Rooney
  12. Mr. Williams will always be remembered by me as the most kind and gentle sole to walk the halls of Hitchcock ISD❣️ He loved every student he came in contact with and they loved him in return! I have so many fond memories of working with him and they will always be dear to my heart ‼️❤️. My condolences to his entire family! He was a blessed man ‼️❣️🐾❤️

    Debbie Barrett

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