Larry Dale Williams, 61, of Matador, Texas passed away Friday, April 7, 2023, in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife, Kay, daughter, Kortney, and a room full of loving family members and friends with him as he left this world to be with his Lord in Heaven.
Larry was born August 14, 1961, in Denver City, Texas to parents Albert and Bonnie Juanece (Terrell) Williams.
He grew up in Denver City, Texas, along with his brother, Danny Williams, and sister, Alisa Ashton. Larry loved to tell stories of their childhood farm adventures. He graduated from Denver City High School in 1980. After graduation, he was awarded scholarships to Snyder Junior College and Vernon Junior College to ride bulls for their rodeo teams. He would honestly say that more time was spent travelling and riding bulls than in the classrooms. This passion carried him from coast to coast in the United States and won him numerous awards and titles for 23 years. He loved the PBR Rodeo Association and enjoyed attending and judging these events, and discussing every ride, in detail, with anyone who would listen!
While he loved the sport, he loved being a dad more. He welcomed his first child, Kortney, in 1992 and his son, Kolby, in 1996. He lived and worked in Floydada until 2012, when he married the love of his life, Kay, and moved to Matador.
Larry’s happiest times were spent with his family, friends, and his Matador church family. He loved working with his cattle, camping trips to the mountains and lakes, snow skiing, backyard cookouts (he was our master griller), Motley County football games, and playing with his grandchildren. He loved being called “Grandpa” and having them crawl up in his lap to watch TV while he filled them with every sugar-filled treat he could offer. Homemade ice cream was a favorite and brain-freeze a common experience. He never missed a game, event, opportunity to host a no-parents-allowed sleepover or just to brag to anybody and everybody who would listen. He was truly proud of his family.
Larry is preceded in death by his mother (Juanece); father (Albert); paternal grandparents, AO and Florence Williams; uncles Wayne Williams, Leonard Williams and Charlie Williams; and aunt Arlie Williams.
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Kay “Sweetie-Pie” Williams of Matador; daughter, Kortney DeBock (Casey) of Dougherty; and son, Kolby of Lubbock. He is also survived by the large family unit he gained when he married Kay, which he considered just as much family: step-children Cody Dodson (Sandye) of Tahoka, Mindy Campbell (Chris) of Poolville, Isiah Archer (Ashley) of Newcastle and Chance Bingham (Whitney) Matador; grandchildren Cutter, Cooper, and his “princess” Taylor DeBock of Dougherty, Maegan (Gunnar) Luckett of Matador, Garrett Jameson (Autumn) of Matador, Layke Campbell of Poolville, Caden, Rylen and Brecken Bingham of Matador, Bentley and Kennedy Chisum of Newcastle and a baby, Archer, expected in July; brother, Danny Williams (Tonnia) of Denver City; Alisha Ashton of Midland; aunt Edith Kidd (Lee) of Denver City; nieces TJ Kitchens, Paige Williams, Sydney Ashton and Hannah Ashton; and nephew Chance Kitchens, as well as numerous cousins.