John Norma Williams

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John “Skip” N. Williams, 72 years old died after a distinguished career first as a public school educator, and most recently an ordained lay-Minister in the Moravian Church of North America.

John was born at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; the first born of John B. and Geraldine Williams. John was educated in the Columbus City Schools system graduating June 6, 1967 with a diploma in college prep from Linden-McKinley High School. He and his fellow graduates celebrated their senior year as Class AA State basketball champions for 1966-1967. John chronicled the successful march to the title as sports editor for the high school newspaper, “The Panther’s Roar”, writing and editing the news accounts for that historic campaign.

John then served his country for four years as an active member of the United States Air Force from 1969-1973 in Aerospace Control & Warning Operations, being honorably discharged as Sgt. In August 20, 1973. While in the military, John married Patricia A. Miller in October 1970. They were blessed with the birth of their only child, a daughter named Chantele Nichole on February 7, 1973.

Following discharged from the Air Force, John obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in American history/political science from The Ohio State University in Autumn Quarter 1984.

John then worked for the Amer iFlora 1992 Horticulture Exposition from 1989 to May 1992 as Liaison in Public Relations. He found himself immersed in public education after working for several years as a substitute teacher while looking for a new career path. He was employed for three and a half years as an evening high school social studies teacher at the North Adult Education Center. After that program disbanded in the spring of 2004; John sought and obtained a position as social studies for FCI Academy, he served for four years. John served as department chairperson in addition to his teaching duties; and was awarded the honor of educator of the year for two consecutive academic years 2007 and 2008. He was inducted in the national society of “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers” for the 11th Edition year 2007. John retired from FCI Academy following the school year 2008-2009.

John found a new religious re-birth when he attended services at the Church of the Redeemer Moravia Church in Dublin, Ohio July 2009. John first gave a public sermon in July 2014. It sparked a “bug” in John that eventually led to his entrance into the Crossroads Lay Ministry program and ordination in the spring of 2020.

John Norman Williams was preceded in death by his parents John B. and Geraldine Williams. He is survived by his daughter Chantele, grandchildren Mataya, Alexis and Cameron Stokes. His siblings, Ronald Williams, Cheryl (Dale) Patterson, Carla (Jonathon) Bailey Sr. and Carolyn (Stephen) Francis Sr. Several Nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, professional and personal friends and acquaintances.

John “Skip” N. Williams, age 72. Sunrise June 6, 1949 and Sunset July 2, 2021. Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Memorial Service 2:00 PM Friday, July 9, 2021 at Chapel of Peace – East, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. LIVINGSTON AVE. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the WILLIAMS Family, visit


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  1. Flo Baquet & Kevin Fry

    Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Skip’s daughter, Chantal, and the Williams Family. Fond memories of my lunch buddy, Skip from our days working at Gold Circle Corp remind me of the jovial, warm soul he was. May myriads of angels enfold you in God’s loving and comforting embrace…now and forever ♥11

  2. We would like to extend our condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort help to ease the pain of your grief. Thinking of you all.

  3. Pastor Mamie Jenkins and family

    My Prayers are with the Williams family during this time of sorrow. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal

  4. Carla Lindsey Lytle

    Bestowing our most sincere condolences to the Williams Family during this journey.

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