January 6, 1948 – August 13, 2021
Richard Delaney (Rick) Williams was born to W.C. And Melba (Berry) Williams on January 6, 1948, in Bowie, Texas. He passed away August 13, 2021, at Baylor, Scott and White, Temple, Texas. He was raised in and around Denver City. He was a graduate of Plains High School and Tarleton State University. At the time of his death, he resided in Nolanville.
Mr. Williams was a long time educator, having begun his teaching career in Poolville, Texas, before moving to Nolanville, then to Denver City before retiring in 2003. He lived in Maui, Hawaii, for several years during which time he became a master scuba diving instructor. He shared his love of the sport with the hundreds of students he certified during his career.
Rick loved life and lived it to the fullest. He never met a stranger. If he did, that stranger quickly became a new friend. He was generous to a fault.
If love could have saved him, he would have lived forever!
Rick is survived by a son, Dusty Lynn Rafferty of San Antonio, a sister, Sandra (Murrell) Thompson of Lubbock, nieces Dana McGuire (Joe Bob) of Durango, Co, Vicki Boleyn (Brian) of Boerne, Sherri Wood (Cary), Kristi Jones (Jason), Julie Lawson (Rusty), Stephanie Thompson (Mat), Lindsay Williams and Lauren Brunson (Derek) all of Lubbock, Misty York (Joey) of Roundrock and nephew Stoney Thomas of Odessa, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Larry Don and Sam and nephew, Mat Thompson.
Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 11:00A.M in the First Baptist Church of Denver City with Kyle Streun officiating under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Denver City.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity