Clarence Williams was born on September 3, 1946 to Cary Ezell and Elvira (Jordon) Williams in Brazoria, Texas. Clarence was united with Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Brazoria, Texas at an early age where his father was the Senior Pastor.
An angel of the Lord called Clarence home on Monday, May 8, 2017 after a warrior’s fight with cancer. Clarence is proceeded in death by his parents, Cary Ezell Williams, Elvira (Jordon) Williams, sisters; Cornelia Short and Bessie Thompson and brothers; Ezell Williams, Albert Williams and Raymond Williams.
Clarence graduated from George Washington Carver High School, Sweeny, Texas where he excelled in basketball and football which earned him the nickname “Sweeny”. Football at GWC High School provided Clarence with a scholarship to attend Prairie View Agriculture and Mechanical College (now Prairie View A&M University). Clarence was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1969 during his senior year and spent his first year on the “Taxi Squad” but returned to Prairie View to complete his degree during the off season. Clarence was traded by the Dallas Cowboys to the Green Bay Packers for Herb Adderley in 1970. His ferociousness and aggressiveness on the football field as a defensive end earned him the nickname of “Big Cat” among his teammates and fans. Clarence completed his football career with the Green Bay Packers in 1978 but remained in Green Bay as a business owner and community leader until 1997 when he moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri with his family.
Clarence met the “Center of his Universe” (Icy Eatmon) his sophomore year (1966) at Prairie View and married Icy on May 25, 1969. This union of 48 years was blessed with 3 children; Clarence Williams, Jr., Cary Leon Williams, and Marla Rachelle (Williams) Smith.
Clarence settled in Cincinnati, OH after his road tour (Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Cincinnati, OH, Avenel, New Jersey) as a “trailing spouse” where he lead an active life; member and deacon of Lincoln Height Missionary Baptist Church, Past Master of Kenton Lodge 16-Covington, KY, Past Commander in Chief, Hiram Consistory 123- Covington, KY, elevated to Grand Inspector General 33rd°, Southern Jurisdiction PHA, 1999, owner and President of Diamond Travel and Consulting and owner of Atmos360, Inc. until his death.
Clarence leaves cherished memories for his wife Icy of 48 years, sons; Clarence Jr. (Vela N.), and Cary Leon (Kesha), Daughter, Marla Rachelle (Frederick), Grandchildren; Markia Nicole Cage and Cary Leon Williams, Jr., siblings; Arthur Williams, Cornell Williams, Hollis Williams, nephews, and nieces along with a host of cousins, sister and brother-in-Laws, friends, church family and business associates.