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Everett “Christopher” Keith Williams


Everett “Christopher” Keith Williams, age 67, passed in his sleep on December 1, 2018.  He was preceded in death by mother, Sara “Sally” Williams; father, Robert E. Williams; and sister, Elizabeth “Libby” Fischer.  Chris is survived by family, Kelly Williams; daughter, Kirstin (Chris) LeTourneau; son, Everett “Spencer” Williams; nephews, Brian “BJ” Fischer, Benjamin Opsahl and Aaron Opsahl; niece, Brynn Opsahl.  Chris’ passion was soccer where he was recognized for many accomplishments.  He was a player, a coach, a referee and a leader in the Gahanna Soccer Association (GSA), Mid-Ohio Select Soccer League (MOSSL) and Ohio South Youth Athletic Association (OSYAA).  He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was very patriotic & loved his country.  Chris loved all animals especially the many pets who shared his life and lap space.  On Sunday, December 9, 2018 there will be a visitation reception from 2:00 – 3:00 PM with a service at 3:00 PM all at Stonybrook Methodist Church, 485 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230.  Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society.

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  • RP says:

    To Chris’s family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. It’s so hard to lose someone we love, but the seeming finality of death is what makes it especially difficult. Job 14:14,15 gives us confidence that Jehovah God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. The Bible gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29″ May this bring you some comfort and strength, remembering that soon God will wipe away our tears and swallow up death forever. (Isaiah 25:8)

  • Tom Gruzs says:

    Please accept my sincerest condolences. Chris was one of the best. He worked tirelessly for the soccer community, especially the Excellence in Sportsmanship organization. His contributions will be greatly missed.

  • Glenn Ritchie says:

    My sincere condolences to the family of Chris. Like many others, I knew Chris throughout the referee community, as a soccer coach, and as a strong supporter of the HS player scholarship fund. There is a unique fellowship among soccer referees that is unlike any other friendships. We go to bat for each other in life and grieve together for those lost in death.

  • JR Potter says:

    My deepest condolence to His family and friends. I’m glad to say that for the last seven years I’ve been able to call him a great friend and fellow colleague. I will cherish the moments that he and I have shared over those years and will care the nickname he gave me “Happy” for the rest of my life. I will remember everything he has taught me and try and do my best to pass it on to others.

  • Marydana Johns says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Chris. He was a fellow classmate at Bexley. He was always supportive of his classmates, and had a great attitude. I first knew him in Junior High, and we stayed friends through High School. He will be missed by all of us.

  • Bob Forche says:

    Really sad to hear. El Messousi, Walter, and now Chris. Three good guys. I enjoyed my time with Chris as a coach and as fellow referee. I especially enjoyed his stuff on facebook. His posting always brighten my day.

  • Gary Conrad says:

    Chris and I were friends from Bexley High School,but as life unfolded we lost track of each other. So it was so great when some mutual friends from that period had a reunion party in summer of 2017 and we got to visit at length. We shared a lot of great memories. I know he will be missed by his family and friends. Recently I became a cancer patient and Chris called several times to check on me and my family and give some sage medical advice. RIP my friend.

  • Rob (Bobby) Malone says:

    I met Chris in the early 70s and it went from there until I moved to Florida in June, 1988. There wasn’t anything we didn’t do together as buddies. Chris treated me to many Ohio State Football games with seats on the 25 yard line, “B Deck.” We’d watch McGuffey Lane evolve at Zachariah’s down on campus and many other venues over the years. We both loved boats and attended many boat races together and each had our own boats. We had lawn service companies and even competed a little bit. We tried white water rafting a few times down on the New River and to be honest, Chris was way more enthusiastic about rafting than I was but we rafted down the river and he relished the moments. Chris had a love for photography and taught me many things back in the 35mm camera days. Custom vans, he had one of the first and nicest custom vans in Columbus back in the 70s anyway. Chris and I would sometimes deliver new, custom vans for VanMasters and even their management team heeded his advice and concepts. We’d cruise Columbus and Chris would love to join the vanners at Green Gables when it was a huge cruising spot for vanners. Rubino’s…can’t tell you how many evenings we spent there with Frank & Tommy and eating pizza. He was a compassionate guy and had a love for animals especially the ones I knew, “Tammie” & “Shoes” and last but certainly not least, his late parents, Bob & Sally and his late sister, Libby. Chris was even my Best Man to my first wife. I kept in touch from time to time but once I left Columbus, we got further and further distanced but kept in touch once in awhile. Chris, you’re gone but won’t be forgotten. To your immediate family you leave behind and your friends, which there are many attested to by these condolences, we will all meet again. RIP & Godspeed. 🙁

  • JERRY ISLER says:

    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY. WE LOST A GOOD FRIEND AND A GOOD PERSON. WHILE I ONLY KNEW CHRIS AS A REFEREE HE WAS A GREAT PERSON WHO LOVED THE GAME AND WAS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP.

  • Tom Briggs says:

    It is with great sadness that I write this. I knew Chris for over 20 years, first as a coach, then as a member of the Gahanna Soccer Association(GSA), as a referee and as a good friend. I had the pleasure of working hundreds of games with Chris and while we didn’t always make the most popular call, we always tried to get the call right. The Central Ohio soccer community has lost a great person. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed greatly.

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