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1631 Church Street
NORFOLK, VA 23504
Phone: 757-622-1085
Fax: 757-624-1508
Bruce Williams

Bruce Ashley Williams

Wednesday, February 2nd, 1955 - Friday, August 30th, 2019
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- Life Reflections -
Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity…
Psalm 133:1
Bruce Ashley Williams was born in Norfolk, Virginia on February 2, 1955 to the late George V. and Lois Turner Williams. Bruce professed Christ at an early age and joined the family church, First Baptist Bute Street in Norfolk, VA. He later became a member of New Life Church and served in the Men’s Ministry and Monday Evening Prayer service.
Bruce began his formal education in the Norfolk Public Schools System, and after the family moved to the Providence Square neighborhood, he continued his education within the Chesapeake Public Schools system. He graduated from Indian River High School and afterwards, attended Virginia State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Information Systems. Bruce’s career in information technology spanned over 40 years; most significantly in advisory system engineer capacities at IBM, in senior management at First Union Bank and in contract project management roles with such companies as Wells Fargo, TIAA, Bank of America and Capital One. While attending VSU, Bruce was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Nu Psi Chapter in the fall of 1975. He often spoke fondly of his line brothers known as “The Sacred Seven” and his days as step master of the Nu Psi Step Team. As his career took him to various east coast cities, Bruce became close with many Omega Brothers throughout. He truly embodied the fraternity’s motto, “Friendship is Essential to the Soul.”
Bruce was a devoted sports fan. He played football in high school and as an adult he loved attending NFL and MLB games. He was a devoted, loud and proud Pittsburg Steelers and NY Yankees fan. Bruce would attend and cheer for the local teams in the various cities he lived in as long as they were not playing against his beloved Steelers or Yankees.
Bruce also loved music, especially jazz. He played piano in his youth and always had a piano or electric keyboard in his homes. He would annually travel to New York to fellowship with friends for days at the famous Saratoga Jazz Festival.
A devoted Dad, Bruce wanted his daughter Ashli to travel and experience the kinds of things that he enjoyed. Even when she was a young child, Bruce would regularly take Ashli on extensive trips to visit family, friends and take in concerts. He loved talking with her and encouraged her ideas and interest. They shared a love for dogs, and that brought “Daisy” a large, energetic Labradoodle into their lives. Daisy became a perfect fit in their family and she often road tripped with Bruce, especially on trips to Charlotte to visit Ashli. Bruce continued to travel even when health issues challenged him. He was determined to still fellowship with friends and fraternity brothers and to take Ashli to family events.
On Friday afternoon, August 30th, God invited Bruce to Heaven for divine fellowship and an external concert. His earthly travels were finished and this trip he would have to make alone. No doubt, Bruce smiled and stepped Omega style through the Heavenly gates.
His memories will be forever cherished and often told by his loving daughter, Ashli Nichol Williams and his older brother, Bertram V., Williams and a host of relatives, fraternity brothers and friends.
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william thompson

Posted at 09:02pm
My friend Bruce was one of the kindest, and most generous people I've ever know. He always greeted me with a warm hello. Although I've not met Ashli in person, I enjoyed hearing him speak of her. I'll miss him calling me "BTster" Best to his family and friends.

William Thompson
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Stephen A. Smith

Posted at 02:30pm
When we wear the Gloves
by Brother Carver Portlock

When we wear the gloves, a brother has gone from our midst and sailed to golden shores.
When we wear the gloves, a friend has passed the final test and walks through purple doors. The circle has an empty place, a voice will raise no more, the song of fellowship and love, Uplift forevermore, when we wear the gloves.
When we wear the gloves, a light goes from this earthly life, the visor closed again, yet all the heavens open wide to let a new star in. When we wear the gloves, a brother leaves the chapter rolls and moves to other worlds
For when we say our last goodbye, he walks on streets of Pearl.
DP

Dwight Powell

Posted at 01:56pm
I just want to extend my condolences to the Williams family. Growing up in Providence Meadows (changed to Sunrise Hills) I got to know Bruce from the bus ride to Indian River. Later as a member of the fighting Braves football team. I am blessed to have known you. RIP my brother
CC

CECIL CLAYTOR

Posted at 11:38am
As I have been grieving the loss of our Frat Brother, SON, FRIEND, BROTHER< Bruce Ashley Williams, AN OLD MAN BROKE THIS TO ME. AND IT WAS MIND BLOWING. MY DEAR FRIEND and FRAT BROTHER JUST DIED AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO, THE OLD MAN REPLIED TO ME AND SAID
“I’M OLD. WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT I’VE SURVIVED (SO FAR) AND A LOT OF PEOPLE I’VE KNOWN AND LOVED DID NOT”
I’VE LOST FRIENDS, BEST FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, CO-WORKERS, GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS, SIBLINGS AND MORE.
TEACHERS, MENTORS, STUDENTS, NEIGHBORS AND A HOST OF OTHER FOLKS.
I HAVE CHILDREN AND CAN’T IMAGINE THE PAIN IT MUST BE TO LOSE A CHILD. BUT HERE’S MY TWO CENTS… I WISH I COULD SAY YOU GET USED TO PEOPLE DYING. BUT I NEVER DID. I DON’T WANT TO… IT TEARS A HOLE THROUGH ME WHENEVER SOMEBODY I LOVE DIES, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
BUT I DON’T WANT IT TO “not matter”. I DON’T WANT IT TO BE SOMETHING THAT JUST PASSES.
MY SCARS ARE A TESTAMENT TO THE LOVE AND THE RELATIONSHIP THAT I HAD FOR AND WITH THAT PERSON.
AND IF THE SCAR IS DEEP, SO WAS THE LOVE, SO BE IT.
SCARS ARE A TESTAMENT TO LIFE. SCARS ARE A TESTAMENT THAT I CAN LOVE DEEPLY AND LIVE DEEPLY AND BE CUT…or EVEN GOUGED, AND THAT I CAN HEAL AND CONTINUE TO LIVE AND CONTINUE TO LOVE.
AND THE SCAR TISSUE IS STRONGER THAN THE ORIGINAL FLESH EVER WAS. SCARS ARE A TESTAMENT TO LIFE.
SCARS ARE ONLY UGLY TO PEOPLE WHO CAN’T SEE.
AS FOR GRIEF, YOU’LL FIND IT COMES IN WAVES. WHEN THE SHIP IS FIRST WRECKED, YOU’RE DROWNING…
WITH WRECKAGE ALL AROUND YOU. EVERYTHING FLOATING AROUND YOU REMINDS YOU OF THE BEAUTY…
AND THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE SHIP THAT WAS, AND IS NO MORE. AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS FLOAT.
YOU FIND SOME PIECE OF THE WRECKAGE AND YOU HANG ON FOR A WHILE. MAYBE IT’S SOME PHYSICAL THING.
MAYBE IT’S A HAPPY MEMORY OR EVEN A PHOTOGRAPH. MAYBE IT’S A PERSON WHO IS ALSO FLOATING.
FOR A WHILE, ALL YOU CAN DO IS FLOAT TO STAY ALIVE.
IN THE BEGINNING, THE WAVES ARE 100 FEET TALL AND CRASH OVER YOU WITHOUT MERCY.
THEY COME 10 SECONDS APART AND DON’T EVEN GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO CATCH YOUR BREATH.
ALL YOU CAN DO IS HANG ON AND FLOAT.
AFTER A WHILE, MAYBE WEEKS, MAYBE MONTHS,
YOU’LL FIND THE WAVES ARE STILL 100 FEET TALL..
BUT THEY COME FURTHER APART. WHEN THEY COME, THEY STILL CRASH ALL OVER YOU AND WIPE YOU OUT.
BUT IN BETWEEN THE WAVES, YOU CAN BREATHE, YOU CAN FUNCTION.
YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO TRIGGER THE GRIEF.
IT MIGHT BE A SONG,
A PICTURE,
A SONG,
THE SMELL OF THEIR FAVORITE ADULT BEVERAGE.
IT CAN BE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING…AND THE WAVE COMES CRASHING IN ON YOU. BUT IN BETWEEN WAVES, THERE IS LIFE.
SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE, AND IT’S DIFFERENT FOR EVERYBODY, YOU FIND THAT THE WAVES ARE ONLY 80 FEET TALL.
OR 50 FEET TALL. AND WHILE THEY STILL COME, THEY COME FURTHER APART. YOU CAN SEE THEM COMING.
AN ANNIVERSARY, A BIRTHDAY, OR A HOLIDAY OR EVEN ANOTHER RELATIVE OR MUTUAL FRIEND.
YOU CAN SEE IT COMING, FOR THE MOST PART AND PREPARE YOURSELF.
AND WHEN IT WASHES OVER YOU, YOU KNOW THAT SOMEHOW YOU WILL, AGAIN, COME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE.
SOAKING WET, SPUTTERING, STILL HANGING ON TO SOME TINY PIECE OF THE WRECKAGE, BUT YOU’LL COME OUT.
TAKE IT FROM AN OLD MAN. THE WAVES NEVER STOP COMING, AND SOMEHOW YOU DON’T REALLY WANT THEM TO.
BUT YOU LEARN THAT YOU’LL SURVIVE THEM. AND OTHER WAVES WILL COME. AND YOU’LL SURVIVE THEM TOO.
YOU ARE BLESSED, YOU’LL HAVE LOTS OF SCARS FROM LOTS OF LOVE. AND LOTS OF SHIPWRECKS.
ASHLEY, REST IN PEACE AND THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES..
CECIL CLAYTOR
DW

DEBRA WIGGINS

Posted at 10:19pm
AS I LOOKED BACK AT THE VIDEO THAT I RECORD OF OUR 45TH CLASS REUNION, BRUCE WAS IN SEVERAL CAPTIONS DANCING, AND HAVING A GOOD TIME, AND JUST IN JULY A FEW MONTHS AGO AT OUR CLASS PICNIC, I SAT AT THE TABLE WITH BRUCE AND HIS DAUGHTER. WE LAUGHED AND JOKED ABOUT OUR YESTERYEARS. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE MY LAST TIME SEEING AN AWESOME CLASSMATE REMINISCING, AND FEELING BLESSED TO SEE OUR CLASSMATES ONCE AGAIN. BRUCE, I MISS YOU FROM THE TIME I DISCOVERED YOU HAD PASSED. INDIAN RIVER CLASS OF 1973 LOSS, AND HEAVEN'S GAIN OF ANOTHER ONE OF GOD'S SOLDIERS. R.I.H. MY BROTHER AND CLASSMATE!

TO BRUCE FAMILY: A JOURNEY REMEMBERED! AS SOME PEOPLE JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE, THEY LEAVE FOOTPRINTS WHEREVER THEY GO; FOOTPRINTS OF KINDNESS AND LOVE, COURAGE AND COMPASSION, HUMOR AND INSPIRATION, JOY AND FAITH. EVEN WHEN THEY'RE GONE, WE CAN STILL LOOK BACK AND CLEARLY SEE THE TRAIL THEY LEFT BEHIND; A TRAIL BRIGHT WITH HOPE THAT INVITES US TO FOLLOW. BRUCE LEFT ALL WHO WHO KNEW HIM, PRECIOUS MEMORIES TO BE CHERISHED FOREVER. YOU'RE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU WITH PEACE, COMFORT, HEALING, AND STRENGTH. AMEN!
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