“Big R” Passes

Lampasas, like all communities large and small, has its special characters – those that either “make a difference,” or that are so noticeable by what they do or how they act or look that they become a part of the character of the community.

On Wednesday, shortly after noon, Lampasas lost one of its special characters. Unusually tall, unusually nice, and unusually driven to love, Richard Lee Williams, affectionately known as “Big R” in this town, passed away.

Big R was born to Robert Coy and Marie Carlson Williams on March 15, 1934 in Elsa Texas.  He was raised in the Rio Grande Valley where he met, courted and then married Nancy Jarrett in April 1954 in the neighboring town of Edcouch Texas. 

In 1956, Big R entered the Department of Public Safety Academy in Austin, Texas.  He spent the early years in many areas of Texas, even worked security detail for LBJ at the ranch, before being transferred to Lampasas in 1965 with his wife and children Ricky, Mike and Melanie where he planted some BIG roots.  Big R served the State of Texas for 40 years, retiring in 1996, most of that time as a State Trooper.  He was awarded the title of Honorary Texas Ranger for his years of service. 

“Big R had a heart as big as he was tall”. He felt that God was directing him to minister to the children. In 1977 he started a youth program he called, “HIS KIDS,” and he oversaw that ministry literally until his dying days, hugging and getting last Yankee Dimes from the children who came to visit.

Big R was an elder of the Broad Street Church of Christ and was ordained minister around 1980 at the Pearl Church of Christ. He preached there on and off and made monthly visits to listen to sermons even in his last few months.

Big R taught our community unconditional love. He served his community and his fellow man in so many ways, and his humble manner is easy to recall to any who had met him. We men all recall that he called us “sir” in even casual greetings, and that he continued to repeat that in his sentences over and over, even in those casual conversations.

Big R was a special man. His community will miss him, as will his family: 

 Big R is survived by his brother, Ron Williams, of Leakey, Tex-as; sister-in-law, Sue Harper of Sequin, Texas; his children Rick and wife Beverly Williams of Cedar Creek, Texas, Mike and Di-ane Williams of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Melanie and Robert Delaune of Lampasas.

He is survived by grandchildren David and Maria Williams; Kris-ta Williams; Kelli and Jason Naeb; Leslie Schaub and Rod DeCarvalho; Jarrett and Holli Schaub; Douglas and Pam Kahl-strom; Holli and Jake Uber; and Mary Lee Williams.

Big R has 23 great grandchildren and then there are his “grandchildren of Choice” who are too many to mention as they are all of those whose lives touched his over the years.

As per Big R, in lieu of flowers, his wish is that donations be sent to HIS KIDS, P.O. Box 1323, Lampasas, Texas.

Big R taught our community unconditional love. He served his community and his fellow man in so many ways, and his humble manner is easy to recall to any who had met him. We men all recall that he called us “sir” in even casual greetings, and that he continued to repeat that in his sentences over and over, even in those casual conversations.

Big R was a special man. His community will miss him, as will his family: