We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Waco
Reverend Kelvin Lyn Williams, Sr. was born on July 11, 1962, to the late Lawrence Chris Williams and Marva Odessa Scott Williams in Waco, Texas. He was the oldest of 5 siblings. He was born and raised in South Waco. After Kelvin graduated from University High School in 1981, he attended the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
In 1987, Kelvin married Tasha Lowe. Because of this five-year union, he gained a bonus daughter, Kianna Ford. In 2000, Kelvin married Adele Knight. During this eighteen-year union the joy of his life and namesake, Kelvin “KJ” Williams Jr., was born.
As a young child, Kelvin’s father and grandmother instilled in him godly principles and strong faith. He accepted his calling from the Lord at an early age while attending Second Missionary Baptist Church. Kelvin worked tirelessly for the Lord and became Reverend Kelvin Williams serving as a minister in different churches in Central Texas for over 40 years. He was indoctrinated as a Baptist minister under the leadership of Dr. Thomas E. Malone where he became a member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church (Downsville, Texas) serving as Associate Minister. He also pastored Mount Zion United Methodist Church (Belton, Texas) for 10 years, Goshen Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Waco, Texas) for 6 years, and most recently, New Zion Baptist (Riesel, Texas) until his passing.
Whether as a Pastor or Associate Minister, Kelvin had the distinct privilege of serving his community in a variety of ways. His passion for helping others allowed him to meet people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. As an extension of his ministry, and to assist seniors to navigate through the challenging insurance process, Kelvin became a licensed insurance agent.
As a licensed insurance agent, Kelvin was the owner and CEO of K Williams & Associates LLC. For nearly 20 years, Kelvin’s desire was to assist clients to meet their medical needs, preserve their quality of life, protect their assets, and plan for their future.
As a lifelong resident of Waco and McLennan County, Kelvin was not only an active member of his church but his community as well. he served as President of the Baylor Neighborhood Association and a board member of the East Waco Economic Development Corporation whose efforts sought to remedy social and economic disparities in McLennan County. He was also a member of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce.
Believing that everyone had a civic duty to serve, Kelvin was an active participant in the political process serving as an Election Judge for over 30 years. He served as a delegate to 14 state conventions and, at one point in time, as a member of the Democratic Executive Committee.
Kelvin was an active member of his community known for his ability to build relationships and establish a rapport with people. We are all devastated by this huge loss, and he will be forever missed. He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends who were always entertained by his elaborate stories. Kelvin could walk into a roomful of strangers and before he left, if you were not related at the beginning, you would be by the end of the conversation.
He was a huge Dallas Cowboy fan and strongly believed every year was going to be the year the Cowboys would make it to the Super Bowl until they didn’t. Kelvin was an avid farmer, enjoyed planting, and seeing the “fruits of his labor” grow. He was well known for his tasty tomatoes, mixed greens, and assorted peppers with standing orders for years to come! His love for sports, the outdoors, and farming was only surpassed by the love he had for his family.
On July 6, 2022, Kelvin Lyn Williams, Sr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior after 59 years of faithful service and sharing his life with others. He finished his assignment here on earth. God checked his works and said, "Well done, my good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your Lord." (Matthew 25:21)
Kelvin is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Williams and Marva Odessa Williams Johnson, and brother, Karl R. “Carlos” Johnson III.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving son, Kelvin “KJ” Williams, Jr.; his sister, Pamela (Kalvin) Farrow of Waco, Texas; brothers, Lawrence Chriss (Cholonda) Williams of Arlington, Texas and John (Carol) Williams of Plano, Texas; sister, Karla Johnson of Seattle, Washington; godmother, Helen Sanford; and a loving host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.