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Roy Williams

April 16, 1948 - July 7, 2018

“Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman
Jacob Roy Williams, known to all as Roy, was born April 16th, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland to Sammie T. Williams and Mary Virginia Enfield Williams. He was raised in Aberdeen, Maryland with his parents and siblings Billy, Barbann and Mary Jean. He attended and graduated Aberdeen Senior High School. After attending Greater Hartford Community College, Roy moved to San Marcos, TX to attend Southwest Texas State from which he graduated from in 1972 with a Bachelor’s in Business.  
He relocated back to the southeast to be closer to his family and resided and worked in Richmond, VA and lived there and in Chesterfield, VA from 1978 – 2000.  Without having ever visited, he chose to relocate to Dallas, OR in 2000. He commented upon first moving there “that he had never in his life seen so many shooting stars”. In 2000 he began working at the State of Oregon Department of Revenue where he continued working until his retirement in May of 2016. His job is where he met and fell in love with Carol Cheney whom he married March 15, 2003. They resided in Salem, OR together in their dream home and were inseparable till his passing.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, two brothers and his daughter Carol Michelle Bunch. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Carol Williams, his sisters Mary Jean Williams and Barbann Hanks, his daughter Allison Williams, his son Rob Tardiff and his wife Lindsay, son Chris Tardiff and his wife Sara, son James Tardiff, son-in-law Dan Bunch and his wife Sarah along with grand-children Madyson, Kylee, Aiden, Morgan, Chevy, Trinity, Cadance, Liberty, Karsyn, Jessyca, Austin and Allyson. 
Roy loved his family, animals, the ocean, good music, laughing, the Mariners and Trailblazers and mashed potatoes. He was one of those people whose presence, optimism and humor couldn’t help but spread to all he met. He was loved by all who knew him.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, July 13, 2018 for details on attending please email
In lieu of flowers/cards, please donate your time or money in Roy's name to Seahorse Cove or simply help someone in need in. Most importantly, as Roy would say "keep smiling".

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I’ll always remember the smile and the love that Roy would spread as he entered the Revenue bldg. It warmed my heart to see the love he had for Carol.  He was always such a positive, grateful person. My heart hurts for you Carol. I’ll be praying and thinking about you.  

God bless this wonderful family. Roy was so positive and gracious to everyone.

  1. Carol, I am sure sorry to hear about Roy. I always like Roy, such a nice guy. Just remember the good times & it will help get you thru.  My thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.  Margy  (the pie lady)

Roy was definitely a one-of-a-kind person. I and another manager who ended up having Roy in her unit at Revenue, had the pleasure of interviewing him and hiring him at Department of Revenue. Roy was always special and kind to everyone he met. Each time you would meet him in the hallway, you would always be greeted with a smile. I rather think of him as a big teddy bear because he was so willing to help and so caring for other people. He and Carol were so very happy together and my co-manager and I we're very happy when the two of them found each other. It was just simply meant to be. I know I will personally Miss Roy, but I also know that he is watching out for Carol and all the many, many people that he cared about.

To my friend Carol,I am very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Roy's big smile, and big hello ever time I saw Roy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Vickie

Oh Carol, I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray God's comfort for you and the family during this time. I have found memories of Roy and you. Both great people to work with. Blessings to you,

Carol and Family
I believe that everyone who had the joy of meeting Roy will remember him as a sweet, kind, generous, loving man. His bear hugs would make your day.  His smile was beyond big.  His spirit of love and generosity literally poured out of him all of the time. 

Dearest Allison, I'm so sorry we lost your father all too soon. I think you've inherited his humor, certainly his love of animals and his deep care for others and his memory will live on through you. Love and big hugs to you and your family during this difficult time.

Good bye Uncle Roy, I will never forget the motorcycle ride all those years ago.

Yes, Roy was a very special guy.  I first met him when he was serving as counselor for new agents and answering questions.  Then we would discuss sports a lot.  He started the "board" where he would put up a new word everyday and agents would put a related word up and he assigned it to me when he transferred to a new area.  He kindly saw to it that I received a special yellow rose bush when my sweet little Texan great-grandson passed away.  He was always available to listen to problems.  He  will definitely be missed.  And, Carol, may God richly bless and comfort you. 

Dear family and friends of Roy, I knew and loved him when he was my roommate in San Marcos and lived with him in the same apartment complex in Austin TX.Roy will be remembered to me for his humor and everlasting friendshi.My condolences. God bless him and your family.

Where does one even begin when they talk about all the fabulous qualities Roy had. He was such a kind man and always had a smile on his face. I was blessed to have worked with Roy and his ability to work in harmony with his co-workers was extremely admirable. Carol and Roy’s love for one another is a treasure and everyone who seen them together knew their souls were intertwined. Roy will forever be in the hearts and memories of many and it was an honor to have known such a great man. My prayers and condolences go out to the family.

When I worked in Suspense, Roy would come up sometimes. He would salute us and say "Permission to come aboard?" And we would salute back: "Permission granted!" Later he joined us in Suspense and having him around brightened our day. Even though he wasn't with us very long, we sure missed him when he retired.