"May the works I've done speak for me."
Charles Edward Williams (also known as Baby Charles, Ba-Charles, Chuck, Charlie, or B.C.) made his debut in the world on October 29,1956 at Herman Kiefer hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He was the third child of six children born to the union of the late Finis Williams Sr. and Lena Arzetta Greene. He was preceded in death by both parents.
His childhood formative years and his whole adult life was spent on the lower east side in the city of Detroit, Michigan. He was educated in the public school system and earned a GED in 1982.
On August 9, 1982, Charles made Marcia Smith his wife. To this union four children were blessed and raised: Damon Darnell, Stephanie Jawana, Charles Edward, Jr., and Brandon Tre. Charles joined St. Johns AME church in 1965. He was baptized at New Bethlehem Missionary church by Reverend Pastor Theodore Peck Jr. in 2001. He later followed Pastor Peck to Miracle of Faith Ministries where he rededicated his life to Christ in 2017.
He loved to share many of his pastimes with his wife and kids. He was a T.V. connoisseur and loved surfing channels with remote in hand, in a horizontal position. Other favorites of his were family gatherings and family trips. Charles enjoyed all sporting events, especially boxing. His other favorite pastimes included basketball, football, attending concerts, politics, eating and cooking. He was an excellent cook! He learned his culinary skills from his mother whom he affectionately called "Yada".
Charles' employment background included Thorn Apple Valley, Chrysler and Smart/Semta. He received specialized training and education and was certified in Nursing Assistance and Heating and Cooling. He was known for imparting much wisdom and mentoring to family and friends and was the true definition of a father to his four children and grandfather to his two grandchildren. The neighborhood children and his infinite adopted family members lovingly stood in line waiting to converse with him or taste some of his delicious dishes such as salmon croquettes, corn beef, pot roast and his famous salami-bologna sandwich-with an egg on top. While Charles had extensive culinary skills, he especially loved his wife's gumbo and banana pudding.
Ba-Charles retired from Smart/Semta on December 21, 2009. He enjoyed his final years surrounded by love. His family legacy truly goes on and so will some of his sayings such as "I ain't studdin 'em", "I'm toughing it out" and "It ain't nothing but love".
Charles Edward Williams departed this life on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 after he "toughed it out" for four months.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his lovely wife Marcia, whom he affectionately called "Marci"; four children, Damon, Stephanie, Charles Jr. (Dominique) and Brandon; two grandchildren, Lauren and Jaia; five loving siblings; Finis Jr. (Cescily), Cynthia (Raynard), Sheila (Theodore Jr.), Teresa (John), and Craig. Three uncles; Benny, Robert Sr. (Effie) Paul Gerald (Kathy), Six aunts; Naomi, Annette, Georgia Ree, Ardrella, Brenda and Debby (Mark); a devoted extended family; sister in law, Janice, two brother-in laws, Matthew and Willie; godson Calvin Byrd, godsister Monica Hill and godbrother Kenneth Grey. Charles is also survived by many nieces and nephews who all loved and adored their uncle "Ba-Charles". He will also be missed by a host of other family members and friends.
Marlborough street will never be the same. Today, we can hear Charles Edward Williams Sr. saying, "May the works I have done speak for me. I love you all! It really ain't nothing but love!"
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My Sincere Prayers and Condolences to the Family. I worked with Charles at (SMART). We became good friends. He was always nice and laughed at my jokes! I really missed him when he retired. Rest in Peace my Friend!😔 Your Friend Jan
My Sweet Baby Charles I will miss you dearly, and always love you. I will always remember those hugs you would give me every time you saw me standing outside of my place of employment. You would stop the bus hop off give me a hug, and tell me you love me. That will always be in my heart, Rest In Perfect Peace Charles. Love your cousin Marvie
From Valerie Hines/Co-worker and Family we are sending our condolences to the Williams family you will truly be missed. May you Rest in Peace Baby Charles. Valerie Hines and Family
From the Family of Peter Byrd one of Charles best friends. We are sending our condolences to the Williams Family. Rest In Paradise D. Mark Thurman
Word can not express what I am feeling at the moment My Thoughts and prayers are with the Family God Bless RIH Ba- Charles Love Brigitte Bardot
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I can't imagine the pain you're experiencing from the loss of your precious brother and my cousin. RIP Baby Charles.
To my sweet Baby Charles, I still cannot believe I am writing a tribute because of your passing. Words cannot describe this difficult moment, but if this is the last time I get to say goodbye then I know I will do so with the knowledge that I consider myself blessed to have lived this life as your niece ! An incredible soul...and truly someone very rare ! RIP Uncle Bay Charles
Words cannot express how deeply you will be missed. You will always remain in our hearts. On behalf of the entire Frye Family: Ms. Frye, Wynell aka Honeyman, Parris, Phineas, Gina, and my self (Marshay), Rest In Peace. Marcia Rice
Bae Charles I Love You And Always Will You Are And Always Will B My Brother. We Have Sooo Many Years Behind Us That Will Never B Forgotten I’m Just Lost For Words The Pain Is So Bad Right Now I Still Can’t Believe What’s Happening I Love You So Much And You Will B Missed. When We Met I Was 14 You Was 16 And Our Friendship Never Ended.Marcia Shelia Cynthia Teresa Craig And Jr I Love You All And Always Will. Phineas 🙏🙏
We send our condolences at this time. Praying for our family. Love Darryl and Domini Nailer.
My Condolences to the Williams Family. I'v known baby Charles for 40+ yrs. Grew up together on Marlborough St. Baby Charles was my 4th Brother and it was a honer to be one of his sister. Baby Charles take your seat in Heaven and RIP. The Frye Family will truly miss you ❤️😢 Sincerely Gina Frye.
The Loss Of A Cousin
My eyes filled up with tears as I heard the news.
It never occurred to me how much I could lose a cousin.
I find myself wishing that it wasn't real.
Every time I think about it, pain is all I can feel.
Tears fall from my eyes; I can barely see,
But my heart tells me that he'll always be with me.
I'm glad he feels no pain now; he lives in a perfect land.
I can still feel the soft touch on my shoulder of his loving hand
-Love Cuzzo Shanika
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