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Anthony "Jazz Cat" Williams

January 17, 1958 - November 19, 2019

Concert of Life

“Let my work speak for me”

Anthony Williams, also known as Jazz Cat “Took the A train” to Heaven. He took that ride on November 19, 2019 Jazz Cat was born January 17, 1958 to the late Shirley Mae Williams. Raised by his loving aunt Mary Elizabeth Payne, his grandmother Lavinia Williams Epps, his uncle, Walter Thomas Williams and his big sis Tereasa Oliver.

Anthony graduated from Lake Taylor High School in 1977 and did a short stint in the Navy.

He was employed by the City of Norfolk for 24 years as a Crew Leader/ Public Works Environmental Stormwater.

Anthony had many loves in his life. The first love was his nieces and nephews, “The Crooks”.

He was always there for every birthday and significant occasion. He was a big car enthusiast. If there was a car show he was there ready to discuss the specs and comparisons. He knew his cars better than the salesman. Bought the best of electronics at top dollar, clearance was not in his vocabulary. He was an avid cyclist. Loved! Loved his jazz all types and artist. To name a few Kurt Whalum, Jonathan Butler, and Grover Washington, Jr. He loved it so much that he was able to equate the flow of jazz to tennis. He started to play tennis in his mid-twenties. He made sure to get his court time in weekly.  A quote of Anthony written in the New Journal and Guide in 2002, “I see a lot of Jazz in tennis, Williams said. “Some are kind of slow, but others are extremely gifted. It has a lot of meaning. When I get home, I like to have a glass of wine, put on some music and remember the shot you made, and that you hope you can duplicate. It’s that one shot that will bring you out the next day.”

He was predeceased by his mother, Shirley Mae Williams, his grandmother, Lavinia Williams Epps, his aunt Mary Elizabeth Payne, his aunt Josephine Williams, a brother-in-law Raymond Oliver Sr., two nephews Jordan and Brandon McFadden, one niece Taylor McFadden.

He leaves to cherish his memories one big head sister, Lavinia Tereasa Oliver, two brothers Ronald Williams Sr. (Duck) his wife Rose, James Edward Williams (Sail Lo Bob), an uncle Walter Thomas Williams. A host of nieces and nephews; Jette McFadden his favorite niece (Darryl Sr.), (The toast bread head brothers) Raymond L. Oliver Jr., Jermaine Oliver (Delores), Ronald Williams Jr (Crystal), Darryl S McFadden Jr. (Jewel), Tia Williams,  Cameron, Amir, Kweli, Mary, Nikayah, Tajai, Xavier, Isiah and Maya, Zari, Kailani, and a host of cousins and friends.

Wake services will be held Friday November 29, 2019 from 6-9 pm. A Jazzy Celebration of life will be on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11am. All services will be held in Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive Virginia Beach, VA. Condolences may be offered to “Jazz Cat’s” family below.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 29, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019

Time: 11:00 am


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019


Rosewood Memorial Park

631 N Witchduck Rd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

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My family and I are grateful to Angie and the entire Altmeyer team for providing a thoughtful viewing and funeral service for my Auntie. They were kind and respectful through the entire process, listening attentively and carrying out our requests with compassion. Thank you for your help, but most importantly, thank you for your sincerity!


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