Paul Wayne Williams, Sr.

November 20, 1946 ~ June 29, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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With heartfelt sympathy, we announce the earthly transition of Paul Wayne Williams Sr. of Gadsden, who traded time for eternity on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at the age of 76.

It is with immense fondness and love that we remember the life of Paul Williams, who touched the hearts of many with his generosity, unwavering spirit and infectious laughter. In the words of William Shakespeare, "We know what we are, but know not what we may be." Paul's life was a testament to this quote, as he continuously evolved, growing in strength, wisdom, love, and kindness with each passing day.

Paul Wayne Williams, Sr., was born November 20, 1946, in Gadsden, Alabama to Bessie Jane Willaims.


Paul accepted Christ at an early age at Antioch United Methodist Church. He was educated in the Attalla School System and graduated from Norris High School in 1966. He was an excellent football player.


Paul’s law enforcement career spans over 34 years that includes Attalla and Gadsden with 26 of those years being served at the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department. This was notable because he was one of the 1st Black Law Enforcement Officers in Etowah County. His career and integrity were worthy to be exemplified by those who followed in his footsteps. His son followed his father into law enforcement.


He was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Williams; father, Eugene Worthy; daughter, Christy Williams; siblings, Rosemary Williams, Emma Worthy, Etrus Sr., David Williams, Tommy Worthy, Reginald Worthy;  grandson, Antonio Powell.


On May 12, 1975, he married Cheryl Fayette Toles. This union was blessed with 4 children. They lived as man and wife for 48 years. He was a great example husband, father, and uncle. Paul was a devoted husband to his loving wife, Cheryl Williams, and a caring father to his children, Paul (Keshia) Jr., Alnita Mitchell, and Daphyne (Patrick) Powell; his sisters, Fahn Griffie, Josephine Harden, and Geraldine Major; his brothers-in-law, Samuel (Ann) Wilson, Louis (Annette) Wilson, Benny (Josephine) Bonner, and Earnest Wilson; sisters-in-law, Denice Williams, Vera Williams, and Annette (Louis) Wilson, shared countless memories with him. His love for his grandchildren, Tatyana, Alexis, Portia, Shaquille, Deontre, and Brandi Mitchell, was boundless; special nephew, Michael Williams; nieces, Davina Williams, Lavunya Williams, and Trevia West; special cousin, Marilyn Hendricks and a host of nieces and nephews. Paul's life was a beautiful tapestry of love, laughter, and an enduring legacy that will forever echo in the hearts of those who knew him. His zest for life was contagious, and his generosity knew no bounds. As Helen Keller once said, "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Paul's love, wisdom, and kindness have undoubtedly become a part of us all.


We encourage you to share your cherished memories and photos of Paul on his memorial page, as a tribute to a life beautifully lived and a man deeply loved. The journey of life is not to be mourned but celebrated. Let's come together to celebrate Paul, honor his memory, and carry forward the legacy he left behind.

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July 5, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Adams-Buggs Funeral Service ~ Etowah Chapel
401 N. 9th Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

Celebration of Life
July 6, 2023

12:00 PM
Antioch-Goodsell United Methodist Church
542 Hammond Avenue
Attalla, Alabama 35954

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
July 6, 2023

Lincoln Hill Cemetery
408 Miller Av
Gadsden, AL 35903


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