Gerald Jerome Wade son of James H. Williams and Ruthie L. Williams was born May 18, 1965, in Durham County, North Carolina. He departed this life peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at his home in Burlington, North Carolina.
Gerald was educated in the Alamance County public school system and graduated from Walter M. Williams High School, Class of 1984. Gerald knew he had a calling bigger than himself, he enlisted in the United States Army on September 11, 1985. While in the Army he fought in Desert Storm. He spent tireless nights on missions but never complained because he knew this assignment was not about him but about the love he had for his country. He served 8 years and received an honorable discharge. His commitment did not stop there. He worked for the Federal Government in Fort Irwin, California as a Heavy Equipment Operator. When his health started to decline Gerald relocated back to Burlington, North Carolina.
Gerald loved sports, he was a diehard UNC Tarheel fan, Alabama (Roll Tide) and The Washington Football team. Oh, did we mention he loved Serena Williams. If he was not watching his teams play, he was spending time with his family. His love for his children, and grandchildren were unmatched but his love for his mother was undeniable.
Gerald was proceeded in death by his father James H. Williams. As well as his maternal grandparents Gilda and Catherine T. Lee. And paternal grandparents, Robert and Ethel Williams-Benton.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his mother: Ruthie G. Williams; one daughter, Brittney Wade of Graham, two sons, Brandon (Sabina) Randolph, of Burlington and Joshua Randolph of Greensboro. Three sisters Rejean Hackney of Durham, Cheryl Williams of Graham and Catherine (Corey) Neal of Burlington. Four grandchildren, Nyla Randolph, Mason Randolph, Major Davis, and Ever Randolph. Three nieces, Coraya Neal, Carmen Williams and Tiffany Williams. Two nephews, CJ Neal, and Carmelo Neal. Three uncles, Alvis Ray Lee (Phyliss) of Pleasant Grove, Walter Miles of Pleasant Grove and Cleotha Benton of Burlington. Two aunts, Betty (Leon) Johnson of Greensboro and Wyvonne Lee of Mebane. His special love, Connie Smith of Winston-Salem. Three great aunts, Bertha Villines of Mebane, Juanita Torain of Cedar Grove and Lillie Williams of Washington, DC and a host of relatives and friends.