Cover photo for Earl Judson "Jud" Williams, III's Obituary

Earl Judson "Jud" Williams, III

June 19, 1951 — December 27, 2023

Pass Christian

Earl Judson "Jud" Williams, III

Earl Judson "Jud" Williams, III, age 72, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 27, 2023.

Jud was a true Mississippi Coast Native and lived most of his life in Pass Christian, MS, alongside his wife Leslie. He graduated from Biloxi High School in 1969 and lived a life of adventure, commercial deep-sea diving in the North Sea and racing sailboats along the Gulf of Mexico. Any given day, Jud could be found near the water fishing, boating, sailing or just watching the tide. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and passed on his sense of adventure and love of the water to them.  

Jud is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Loyce Williams and brothers Steve and Craig Williams. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Leslie (Chandler) Williams; daughters Caroline (husband William) Shaw and Shelby (husband Nathan) Poulos; grandson Grayson William Shaw; brother Richard (wife Diana) Williams. 

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Eudaily and the UAB Cardiovascular team for the exceptional care provided.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 4:30pm, at Pass Christian Harbor Beach on the west side of the harbor. Family will receive friends at the water's edge 30 minutes prior.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum (P O Box 1907 Biloxi, MS 39530)where he spent countless hours restoring and caring for the wooden boat fleet alongside dear friends. When sending your gift, please indicate "In Memory of Jud Williams for Catboat Preservation"

Riemann Family Funeral Home, Biloxi is proud to serve the Williams family.

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

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Memorial Service

Saturday, January 13, 2024

4:30 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

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