A Celebration of Life for Frank R. “Rob” Williams, Ph.D., 70, of Kilgore will be 3 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mr. Williams passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017 in Kilgore.
Mr. Williams was born on July 18, 1947 in Grand Saline as the only beloved son to the late F.C. and Joy Williams. He was an accomplished musician in his youth, playing many instruments, especially the piano and organ. Rob attended all 12 grades of school at Grand Saline, where he met his future wife in the sixth grade. Rob was always interested in how things worked and often helped his dad in their television repair shop.
After graduating from Grand Saline High School in 1965, Rob attended and graduated from Tyler Junior College in 1967. Shortly thereafter, he married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl, and they continued their education at East Texas State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1969 and his Master’s degree in 1970. After that, they moved to Denton, and he began the long road to earning his Ph.D. while working to support his family at the same time.
In his position at the Texas Department of Human Services, he worked in Child Protective Services and Adoption. Through this career, he developed a passion for the importance of parenting children with love. In 1986, he received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas; in 1988, the family moved to San Marcos where he taught at Southwestern Texas State University.
In 1989, he began his career at Kilgore College where he was revered by students and considered by many of them to be their best and most loved teacher. Students consistently remark that Dr. Williams was their favorite teacher at Kilgore College because it was the only class in which the instructor kept them awake with his humor and wisdom but also taught them the course content. He will be remembered as the instructor who filled the halls of Kilgore College with his chicken clucking sounds. He hardly ever entered a store or restaurant in recent years without a former student recognizing him and mentioning one or more of his antics. He is irreplaceable as a husband, father, grandfather, family member, friend, or teacher.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cheryl Williams of Kilgore; daughter, Rebecca Williams of Longview; grandchildren, Chase Rogers, Tyler Wilbanks, Loghan Rogers and Mariah Williams, all of Longview; sons-in-law, Joey Rogers of Longview and Danny Wilbanks of Union Grove; mother-in-law, Virginia Dobbins of Longview; sister-in-law, Sherry Walker of Harker Heights, Texas; brother-in-law, Mark Dobbins and wife Lela of Flower Mound; niece, Melissa Pope and husband Paul of Harker Heights; great-nephews, Michael Noble, Daniel Pope and Zachary Pope and wife Mallory, all of Harker Heights; great-great-nieces, Riley and Avery Pope, both of Harker Heights; cousins, Janice Vaillencourt, Judith Hollister and Karen Dobson, and the many hundreds of students he taught throughout his years at Kilgore College.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Red Cross for those affected by Hurricane Harvey @ redcross.org.
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