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Wednesday, December 27, 2023
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Danny Earl Williams, a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and longtime resident of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away December 5, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. Danny, the third son of Lillie B. Nutall-Williams and Irving Williams, was born August 22, 1969, in Michigan City, Indiana, and graduated from Elston Senior High School in 1988.
Graveside services honoring the life of Danny will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, located at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, Louisiana.
Danny was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James and Castoria Nutall of Yazoo City, Mississippi; beloved mother and father, Lillie B. Nutall-Williams and Irving Williams; and sister, Anette Gordon-Moore. Left to cherish his memory include his sister, Delphine Nutall-Gordon; niece, Alberta and great nephews, Elijah, Isiah, and Noah; niece, Ryan and great niece and nephew, Natalie and Nicholas; nephew, Carrington; nephew, Caleb and his wife Harmony; niece, Gloria; niece, Erika and great niece, Zoe and Baby-Z, and great nephew, Zacary; brothers, Darnell Simpson and Roy Simpson; nephew, Akeem; nieces, Roylyn, Ginger, and Destiny; sister, Erika; nephews, A.J., Red, Kahi, and Mai; sister, Ginger Swink and her husband Charles; niece, Star; nephew, Tyus; nephew, Alexander; niece, Renee; nephew, Tron; and nieces, Velvet and Violet by departed sister, Anette Gordon-Moore.
At the age of 18, Danny enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He valued his service highly and attained the rank of Corporal E4 and earned many qualifications and decorations demonstrating his innate determination to succeed at an extremely high level of performance. Danny’s distinguished service record included numerous commendations and decorations. He was awarded an Overseas Ribbon, a Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal – Gulf War, Meritorious Unit Accommodation, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, South Asia Service – Two Stars, and Rifle Expert Badge. He impressively served in the Marines for four years of active-duty and was deployed to the Gulf War during Desert Storm. He preferred to play down his time of service, but on one occasion he shared, that while under fire, he bent down and then stood up to feel why his head hurt only to discover a bullet had dented his helmet.
As proud as he was of his time serving in the Marines, it was also important to Danny to be baptized in Jesus name at Born Again Abundant Life Christan Center in Kankakee, Illinois, before his deployment overseas. Like his faith, he demonstrated a commitment to his personal convictions and integrity daily in his life. This was demonstrated in everything he did including his most recent employment at Ambassadors. It was no surprise to Danny’s family to hear his employer at Ambassadors relate how valued he was for being admirably dependable, task-oriented, and attentive to detail. Many would say he was a perfectionist at heart.
But really Danny knew to put his heart into life. He put his focus into being a long-term care giver for his cherished mother. Family was as important to him as his faith. Danny had a passion for crafts and technology. Earlier in life, he showcased detailed Model Cars and Model Star Wars Ships and shared pointers with his nephews on how to build computers. Even as a young boy, he showed an interest in architectural design and created a blueprint for his Dream House that would impress even modern homeowners today. His life-long dream was always to relocate to the Pacific Islands and enjoy a peaceful island paradise that reflected his peaceful soul. Whether it was a job, a passion, or a pastime, Danny stamped each of his efforts with his typical excellence.
As we say goodbye, Danny you will be deeply missed by your friends and family. We love you!