Harry Edward “Eddie” Williams

Published 9:50 am Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Harry Edward “Eddie” Williams, 69, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Sunday, February 13, 2022.

The graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at West Bainbridge Cemetery with Rev. Stephen Webb and Sheriff Wiley Griffin officiating. Lewis Hyatt, Doyle Womack, Terry Phillips, Mike Harrell, Johnny Harrell, Ben Strickland, Larry Funderburke, and Jason Williams will serve as active pallbearers. The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch, 5671 Boys Ranch Road, Hahira, GA 31632 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Harry Edward Williams was born April 25, 1952, in Bainbridge, Ga., the son of Harry and Myrtle Williams. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School, Class of 1970 and attended Georgia Southwestern. He worked at Decatur-Seminole Service Center and Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. Eddie was a member of Morningside Baptist Church.

Affectionately known to many as “Heavy”, Eddie was a gentle giant. He loved people (especially his children and grandchildren), his community, and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. He served with the Jaycee’s and Lions Club over the span of decades always remembering “the least of these”. Football was a favorite pastime for Fridays and Saturdays…Bearcats on Friday, Bulldogs on Saturday. Eddie even escorted the Bearcat football team and “The Pride of Decatur County” BHS Marching Band to many out-of-town venues. He enjoyed music from the 50s and 60s and was always down for a new adventure. Those that knew him well knew if he ever shook his head and said, “Well now wait just a minute….” things were about to get interesting. “Heavy” would never consider himself a legend but to his people he was nothing short of legendary.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Beatrice D. “Bebe” Williams; his children, Duncan Williams of Tallahassee, Leigh & Gil May of Atlanta, and Stephen & Julie Martin of Mobile; his grandchildren, Griffin, Hollis, and Lucy; his brother, Stanley Williams; his niece and nephew, Jennifer Williams and Jason Williams; and a host of extended family. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents.

Bryant Funeral Home, located at 105 N. Florida Street, is assisting the family with arrangements. (229-246-3321)