Dr. Michael Robert Williams

May 11, 1952 - July 12, 2016
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Thursday, July 21, 2016, 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at THE CALHOUN FUNERAL HOME 23000 Rockside Road, Bedford Heights, OH 44146.  Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Dr. Williams Celebration of Life Service is Friday, July 22, 2016, 2:00 p.m.  at THE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH OF GOD 24821 Columbus Road, Bedford Heights, OH 44146.  Family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m.

MICHAEL ROBERT WILLIAMS, Ph.D. – MPH, 64, departed this earthly life and entered his eternal heavenly home Tuesday, July 12, 2016. He was born May 11, 1952 in Youngstown Ohio, the loving son of Mrs. Rosalee Wilcox and Frank James Williams, Sr. Dr. Williams leaves to cherish his precious memories: one daughter, Chloe Williams ofContinue Reading

jerome ward left a message on July 15, 2023:
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Mike Williams. We were neighbors when he lived in University Heights. I'm just finding out about his passing away. I am totally saddened. My heart goes out to the family.
Dr. Evelyn C. Paschal left a message on July 7, 2020:
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of my friend and mentor Dr. Michael Williams. I met Michael around 1990. He then became my mentor and convinced me to pursue a post-graduate degree. At the time of our meeting I was finishing up my MBA and wasn't thinking about taking on a doctoral program. Well i'm here to say, yes Dr. Williams planted the seed and as of Oct 2008 I became Dr. Paschal! You're gone (Michael) but will never be forgotten!
Tamera Brown left a message on February 25, 2017:
I just learned the world has lost you, "Black Lightening ." You. will be missed.
David A. Ludwig left a message on February 2, 2017:
To my beloved friend and teammate, I once again pass you the baton knowing that we will continue to beat them all. Dave Ludwig (Mount Union, 76)
Ruth Hall left a message on October 2, 2016:
Today is October 2, 2016, and I was devasted and sadden by your passing. I Found out about your passing during a conversation with a coworker during a introduction. We started talking about the economy, election, jobs, and education. Only to find out we both attended and received our degrees in Social Work from Cleveland State University. We named all the professors, and when I mentioned your name my coworker stated that you passed. I thought about all the good times and laughs we had in your class and the advice you gave me on life. I can go on and on. Dr. Williams you will truly be missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Peggy Bishop (now Rickard) left a message on September 21, 2016:
I live in Phoenix, but was walking in Cleveland today and thoughts of Dr. Michael Williams, one of my former social work professors came to mind and I decided to do an Internet search on him. Oh my, I was engulfed in sorrow when I saw his obituary; I just could not believe it. I graduated from CSU in 1995 and I adored Dr. Williams. He nudged me when I needed nudged, he guided me when I needed some guidance, he inspired me, he made me want to understand people in a compassionate way....he taught by example and then by his words. I send my sympathies to his daughter and the rest of his family. Gone too soon, but those lessons will last me forever. Thank you, Michael. I'm grateful you were a contributor to my education. I will never forget you.
Desiree Coleman left a message on July 30, 2016:
I drove by CSU yesterday for the first since your passing and I burst into tears. In my eyes, you were my Cleveland State.
Dr. Lonnie R. Helton left a message on July 26, 2016:
Dr. Michael Williams was my colleague in the CSU School of Social Work for 24 years. Mike was on the hiring committee when I was hired as s professor in 1991 and he spoke at my retirement gathering. Mike was not only a work but also a friend. Mike was intelligent, intuitive, and spiritual. He was an accomplished teacher and admired leader within the School and the College/University. Mine was often quiet spoken but he made sure that others heard even he had a point to make. He always championed his African American culture and worked unfailingly to develop a Major in Black Studies. Mike always put the needs of others first. He was adventurous in his quest for knowledge which led him to go-teach a course with Dr. M. Nair in India. Mike, in fact, was instrumental in talking me into also teaching and doing research in India at a later time. Mike loved people and always dedicated to the values of our social work profession. Mike, I know I will see your broad smile in Heaven where you now rest in peace with your Lord and loved ones who have gone before. You will be missed, my friend, but the impact you made on the lives of others will others will endure! Lonnie
Teresa Smith left a message on July 25, 2016:
I was saddened by the news of Dr. Michael Williams' passing. I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring much needed comfort to his friends, family, colleagues, and all of the students whose lives he has touched deeply.
Linette Graddic left a message on July 24, 2016:
Dr. Michael Williams, my teacher in the Social Work Department at Cleveland State University (1998), was truly an accomplished and blessed man of God. I am blessed to learn of his other accomplishments through this amazingly impressive obituary. I pray that God will continue to bless and uplift his family. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5
Henrietta Smith Williams left a message on July 24, 2016:
Frank and George, I was sadden by the news of Michael passing. Michael was a great guy. I'm sorry I missed his home going. Prayers and thoughts are with you.
Brenda Eafford left a message on July 23, 2016:
Dr. Williams, you are so missed at this time words cannot express. You always would tell me to "keep going" until you get it (BA). I just petitioned to graduate May 17', and I am more determined now than ever!!! Thank you so much for all the times you took out of your day just to give me a smile of encouragement. I will ALWAYS love you for that. Rest now!
Marita left a message on July 22, 2016:
I would first like to offer my heartfelt condolences to your family. God will heal the pain of the most emotional and challenging two months. Words cannot express my feelings at this time. I will miss the special bond and relationship. You had the gift to see beyond the moment. Our most recent conversation will remain etched in my heart. I will continue to pray for your daughter and family. You will be truly missed.
Betty Harris left a message on July 22, 2016:
I will miss you Michael Robert. Well done thy good and faithful servant.
Bettye Phillips left a message on July 22, 2016:
George, I was deeply saddened to hear of Michael's passing. Michael was a fine man and a significant influence for good in other lives. It is never pleasant to lose a family member. Please know that our family love and cares about you.We will be in touch. Your Cousin
debra sammarone left a message on July 22, 2016:
Dearest Michael, words fail me at this time, as my heart is heavy knowing how much I will miss hearing your voice and your physical presence in this world. You often told me "to those who are given much is expected much" and you certainly "gave much" of your talent and time. You excelled in everything you did and I am so pleased to have known you and worked with you in both Youngstown and Pittsburgh... Rest in peace my dear, with your family and the Lord - and pray for us who are still struggling here
Pandora Robertson left a message on July 21, 2016:
I shared two memorable and impactful conversations with Dr. Williams. His ability to engage, listen, empathize and find resonance with a point of view that may have differed from his own was remarkable. He will be missed.
Standley Allen left a message on July 21, 2016:
To the Williams Family:I will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain. Standley and Pamela Allen
Paula Atwood left a message on July 21, 2016:
I am so very sad to learn of the passing of such a dynamic and inspiring leader within our community as Michael Williams. My memories, his words and purpose for being will live on in me and, I know, so many others. God Bless and I know you are at peace, dear friend.
Latoya Samuels left a message on July 21, 2016:
I am grateful to know you Dr. Williams you will be missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Latoya left a message on July 21, 2016:
I am grateful to know you Dr. Williams you are going to be missed. You impacted many lives including my own. Thanks for your service. RIH
Janetta Hammock left a message on July 21, 2016:
Miss you much! Thank you for your friendship, your advice and your wonderful spirit.
Anthony Williams left a message on July 21, 2016:
Mike, when I learned of your transition, I felt an immediate and unmistakable sense of Peace. Thank you for reassuring me that you are quite well and in a good place. Visit me and Glenn sometime.
Mrs. Glenn (Harriet) Gordon left a message on July 21, 2016:
Condolences to Dr. Williams' family, coworkers, church members, students, and friends. Over the years, I learned of Dr. Williams through the fond memories shared about him from his former teammate and lifetime friend, Glenn. Remember, Earth has no sorrow that heaven will not heal.
Glenn Gordon left a message on July 20, 2016:
Mike, you were not only a good friend, you were like a Brother to me. I'll never forget our last conversation; we talked about old times with me, you and Anthony. We talked about our forever lasting brotherhood, then we talked about our relationship with God. I think what I'll remember most was how we ended our conversation that day- you said, "I love you, brother," my response to you was that I love you back. Enjoy yourself in Heaven my brother, for we shall surely see each other again.
Lawrence Williamson, Jr., The Ohio State University and Board Member, Association for Black Culture Centers left a message on July 20, 2016:
Words cannot articulate the sadness in our heart and the void in our spirits in the loss, we feel, of our gifted friend. Just the other day, you were feeding our souls and today, we are grieving your passing as it brings extreme clarity to the words that the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away…”Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalms 23:6
Rhonda Lyn Woodard-Lovejoy CSU Alumni left a message on July 20, 2016:
Dr. Williams, you will be missed.
Gwendolyn Tyus left a message on July 20, 2016:
I appreciated every time Dr. Williams spoke encouraging words and came to Mt. Haven Missionary Baptist Church for Black History Month and Juneteenth to share the Black History Experience with the congregation. Well Done! Good and Faithful Servant!!!!!
Tina Scott left a message on July 20, 2016:
Dear friend, I will miss your kind soul and heart. I will miss you making me laugh until I cried. See you on the other side.
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Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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