Obituary for Michael Williams
Michael Bernard Williams, 70, passed away peacefully in his home in Sewall’s Point, Fla. on July 2, 2017 after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mike was born June 1, 1947 in
Princess Anne County, Virginia (now Virginia Beach), one of eight siblings.
He attended Union Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach. Mike moved to Washington, DC in the late 1960s and began his career in the field now known as
information technology. Mike was a specialist in computer systems, working for banks, Sibley
Hospital and the American Chemical Society before moving into the labor movement as an employee of
the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME. Mike enjoyed
working in labor, especially various Get Out The Vote campaigns across the country. During his last
years at AFSCME, Mike became assistant to the secretarytreasurer and served as the executive
director of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.
Upon retirement, Mike and his wife Marcie Balow moved to Sewall’s Point. Mike immediately became
involved with several organizations that assist those in need in our community. Through his church,
Immanuel Lutheran in Palm City, he became manager of Immanuel’s Soup Kitchen, serving
dinners every Sunday. He got involved with the Bridge Christian Outreach Ministries, distributing
food and diapers three Fridays each month. Mike also used his computer skills to assist the AARP
Tax Aide Program.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Geneva Williams, and brothers Ellis III and Earnest
Wills. He is survived by his wife Marcie; sons Michael B. Williams Jr., Marcus C. Williams and
Kevin Baxter; sisters Velma Goffigan, Fannie Dixson, Barbara Blount , and Judy Doyle; brother
Jerry Lee Williams, three grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Michael’s life services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22 at Immanuel Lutheran
Church, Palm City, and noon Saturday, July 29 at Morning Star Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Va.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Bridge Christian
A guest book may be viewed at www.treasurecoastseawinds.com.