On April 8, 2023, our Dad, Brother, Son, Grandpa, Father-in-Law and Uncle, Amber Alert Founder Elder Charles Anthony Ray Williams passed away at the age of 64. He was born to Wiley D. Williams, Sr. and Dorcus Ruth Williams on October 3, 1958 in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2004, he relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he resided until his untimely—yet still divinely orchestrated death. He was married to Tammie Davina Louise Williams for 39 years, who accompanied him in death as she did in life.
Aside from his familial roles and work as a minister, one of his greatest contributions to the world was the concept of the Amber Alert, which is used in many countries to help locate abducted children. For this inspired vision, Charles received recognition from President George Bush, Jr. Charles most recently received an invitation to the 2023 Liberator Awards, highlighting individuals who work to end human trafficking. He was a valued member of the local, national, and global community in his untiring efforts to protect others.
Charles was preceded in death by his mother and father, Dorcus Ruth Williams and Wiley D. Williams, Sr., Brother Fred Williams (living Denise), and Sister Wilma Music, Granddaughter Gabbie Williams and the family pet, Teddy, who is thrilled to have his masters back with him!
He is survived by his four beloved daughters: Veronyca Williams (Paul Williams), Andrea Williams, Kendra Williams and Sarah Hairston (Chris). Five siblings: Carolyn Johnson (Ernie), Wiley D. Williams, Jr. (Stella), Tonie Butler (Brent), Kenneth Williams (late Dollie) and Latriece Williams. Nine Grandchildren: Pierre Henderson, Preston Williams, Parker Williams, Genesis Williams, Lily Brewer, Reina Brewer, Pressley Brewer, CJ Hairston and Christiana Hairston and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.