Theodore “Bo” Williams • January 18, 2021
Theodore “Bo” Williams, 85, of Pensacola, FL, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 18, 2021.
Ted was born June 22, 1935, in Uriah, AL, to Walter and Lena Williams. Ted was a faithful and dedicated husband to Nora Iva, his late wife and best friend for over 62 years.
As a young boy, Ted’s family moved to Molino, FL, where he was raised with his five sisters. He graduated from J.M. Tate High School in 1953. Soon after graduation, he began a job at St. Regis in Cantonment, FL. In 1954, Ted joined the US Air Force and was stationed in West Palm Beach where he served as a dental technician. December 30, 1954, he married the love of his life, Nora Iva Musselwhite. Following an honorable discharge in 1958, he continued his career at St. Regis/Stone Container where he worked as an art engraver. He was a dedicated and hardworking employee for 42 years until his retirement in 2000.
Ted was a member of the Cantonment Masonic Lodge #322 and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason. In 1974, he was initiated into the Pensacola Hadji Shrine. In the Clown unit he mastered making balloon animals and entertaining children. Later he joined the Cruisers and eventually the Antique Car unit. He drove his 1964 Ford Falcon convertible in many parades and car shows. He loved being involved in the charity endeavors to benefit children and told many unforgettable Shriner stories.
In 1979, Ted and Iva purchased a beach house in Sandy Acres in Perdido Key. Lifelong friendships and memories were formed as Ted spent countless days fishing, crabbing, shrimping, cooking, and storytelling.
Ted was the proud father of daughter Cheryl (Dennis) Nelson and son Jerald (Michelle) Williams. He was the most dedicated Pops to his grandchildren Shawn (Cherie) Powell, Heather (Ryan) Maxwell, Amanda Williams, Jarred Williams, Will (Ashley) Williams, and Kristen Hardegree. He wholeheartedly loved his great grandchildren Alyssa (Kyle) Freeman; Payton and Haizley Powell; Ryleigh and Emalyn Maxwell; Alyse Hayes and Mason Williams; Liv and Broox Williams. He was a doting great-great-grandfather to Kade and Kamden Freeman. He has a great granddaughter and his first great-great-granddaughter due this spring. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including Foye (Nancy) Perry and Lynn Broussard who faithfully spent quality time with him.
He was an entertaining Pops to his six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandsons. They were his pride and joy. As long as someone would listen he had a story to tell about each of them.
Along with his parents and wife, Ted was also preceded in death by his five sisters Brunette Carter, Esther Perry, Louise McCrory, Lucille Matchett, and Juanita Tatum.
The family will accept friends at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 27, with services to follow at 2:00 pm. Pastor Fred Stallworth will officiate the service. Graveside service will follow in Pensacola Memorial Gardens.
Active pallbearers are Shawn Powell, Jarred Williams, Will Williams, Ryan Maxwell, Payton Powell, and Kyle Freeman. Honorary pallbearers are Ezell Castleberry, Foye Perry, Terry Jackson, and Alton Matchett.
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