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Woodrow "Kool-aid" Williams, III
Birth: Apr. 30, 1958
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 2013
Robeson County
North Carolina, USA

Woodrow "Kool-aid" Williams, 54, of Lumberton, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

Woodrow was Lumberton Pirates Most Passionate and most Dedicated Fan. The Pirates are forever appreciative.

He is survived by his father, Woodrow Williams, Jr.; a brother, Andre Williams; and sisters, Wanda Marshall and Dorothy Williams.


His funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. February 16, 2012 in Lumberton Senior High School Auditorium.

Burial will be in Bethany Presbyterian Cemetery.

Services are being coordinated by Colvin Funeral Home & Cremation of Lumberton.

The following sums up the community's love and sorrow in memorializing Woodrow:

Memorial post by John Rancke:

"... Many people have no idea who Woodrow Williams was or is. Remember Radio the movie starring Cuba Gooding as the young man that adopted his high school football team and they in return adopted him. Woodrow adopted the football , basketball, baseball team and lived and breathed Lumberton High School Sports., He never graduated.

He loved church and loved little children. He walked the railroad from 11th street to Lumberton High School many days in the rain and snow.

Woodrow lived with his grandmother for many years and an aunt on 11th street across from the Recreation Department. Every morning he would come in the office and visit the staff. I would kid him about his waist and the fact we were missing another basketball. Did he swallow it.

"No John. I've lost weight" he would say and (proudly proclaim) "my birthday is coming up".

He would sit on the bench and sing to Joyce and Wanda and Mr. Sapp and Bobby and I many mornings.

So many over the years would feed him, give him a ride, give him a (unexpected) birthday present every other month (or so it seemed).

You would see him in the center of the mall sitting many afternoons if the Pirates weren't practicing or playing.

The Fieldhouse that was built by Coaches Brooks and Read, Bear McNeill and the Bollingers back in the late 60s now bears Woodrow William's name.

Woodrow had a stroke and God realized that the best way to take care of Woodrow due to his circumstances was to bring him home. So God now has him in his arms and Woodrow is singing and is watching every Lumberton Pirate game from now until the end of time.

I took Woodrow to Ocean Drive back in 1976 along with another young man. Neither one had ever seen the ocean and I stood there just watching their reaction at the vastness and the beauty of God's creation.

I wish I could see Woodrow's reaction to the place God has chosen for him to live now. I am sure Pam (Rancke) will let me know what he said...

...Woodrow - You made my day better every time you walked in that front door of the Recreation Dept. Thank you my man..."

"#1 Pirate Fan"
Note: ***Suffix error on headstone, he is a III. His father was a Jr.
Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Robeson County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: RS Green-Starnes
Record added: Feb 08, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104823752
Woodrow Kool-aid Williams, III
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Woodrow Kool-aid Williams, III
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Woodrow Kool-aid Williams, III
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Rest In Peace Buddy!!!
- RS Green-Starnes
 Added: Feb. 17, 2013

- Kathy (McPhaul) Cather
 Added: Feb. 9, 2013
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