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John Williams

John Mitchell Williams

Monday, July 1st, 1963 - Friday, February 19th, 2021
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On Friday, February 19th, 2021, John Mitchell Williams was called home at the age of 57. The world has lost a great son, brother, husband, father, and leader.

John was born in New Kent County, Virginia, on July 1st, 1963. After graduating from New Kent High School, after never once missing a day of school, in 1981, he relocated to the southeastern part of Virginia, or “The 757,” as he would come to affectionately call it later in life.

His first years in the region were spent as a student at Old Dominion University, graduating in 1985 with a marketing degree. Marketing wasn’t his only focus while at ODU; in 1982, he pledged the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Tau Lambda Chapter.

Shortly after graduation, John started his foray into the field of insurance sales. His first stop was at Allstate, where he was there long enough to get a taste for the business and meet his future wife and mother to his two daughters, Carolyn Kates (later Williams, but we’ll get to that). John and Carolyn wed in May of 1989, and a few years later, he started his own insurance business that would eventually become what we know as Armor Insurance.

John proved to be a business maven, winning countless awards and landing at the top of numerous sales lists. But you wouldn’t know if you asked him, relatives and friends would stumble over awards in his office or find them in drawers or the garage, unmentioned and never spoken of by John. The accolades were never the focus; the praise and adoration were never the driving factors with John. Instead of the quest to do things the right way, the first time was a North Star that drove him.

Doing things, the right way meant a life dedicated to God and family, being a man of action, not words, but when his words were spoken, they were listened to by the masses. Active in the ministry from his days as a child at Second Liberty Baptist Church to his time later in life at Calvary Revival Church and most recently New Life Global Church.

John was many different things to many different people. A husband, a son, a father, a frat brother, a Harley man, a workout buddy, a mentor, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with, an insurance wizard. And while he was a different thing to a bevy of people, he was fundamentally the same thing to all of them…a terrific example of how to do what was asked of you, and while he will be missed, he will be honored and never forgotten.

John is preceded in death by his Father Richard E. Williams Sr. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn Kates Williams, three children; Jamaal Anthony (Hilary) of Portland, Oregon; Nia of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Dominique of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Two grandsons, Liam and Aaron; two newborn twin granddaughters, Simone and Vivienne; his Mother, Gloria Clarice Williams; three brothers; Richard E. Williams Jr. (Karen) of Glen Allen, Virginia; Wayne (Silvia) of New Kent, Virginia; Daniel of New Kent, Virginia and a host of close relatives and loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in honor of John Mitchell Williams to New Life Global Local or Global Outreach, Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk or Alfred Street Baptist Church Ministries.

Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk: 230 W. Bute St. Norfolk, VA 23510 or online at (;

New Life Church: 1244 Thompkins Ln, Va Beach, VA 23464 or online at ( ) either Local Outreach or Global Outreach;

Alfred Street Baptist Church: 301 S. Alfred St. Alexandria, VA 22314 or online (
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 1:00pm
    New Life Providence Church - Kempsville
    1244 Thompkins Ln
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 10:00am
    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
    5310 Milner's road
    Suffolk, VA 23434
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Juanita Lindsey

Posted at 07:53am
My sincere condolences to you and your family. If only I had the words to give you that would take away your pain right now, surely I would give them to you. Please know that my heart grieves with you; and that you and your family are in my prayers. ~Juanita Lindsey

Linda Bright

Posted at 08:54pm
My sincere condolences to you and your family Carolyn. John was the most honorable gentleman. He remained my dear friend.
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Linda Ghee

Posted at 07:01pm
Williams Family
May you find comfort in your fondest memories of your husband, father, son and brother. John Mitchell will be forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. God Bless you all.
Love Aunt Linda, Uncle Anthony, Tanika & Dylan

Delceno Miles

Posted at 11:14am
Carolyn and family, so very sorry for your loss. John was far more than my insurance agent. He was a dear friend and brother in Christ. May God strengthen and comfort you during this time of transition.

Warren & JoAnne Bell

Posted at 11:11am
Family, sincerest and heartfelt sympathies to all. Blessings and Love, Warren & JoAnne Bell
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