Johnny “John” Robert McWilliams passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 12, 2020. John was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on May 1st, 1943, the son of late Johnny and Bobbie McWilliams. He was raised in Baytown and attended Robert E. Lee High School, graduating in 1961. He was a projectionist in Baytown and Houston. He worked at the Brunson Theater and had an interest in photography. He worked in commercial sales most of his adult life. He was a member of Wooster Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon in 2005. He was a man of great integrity and had a strong work ethic. He was a sports fanatic with a memory of teams dating back to their beginnings. He followed baseball, football and golf very closely and was able to tell you who was doing what at any given time in each of these sports. He spent many years coaching little league baseball in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He became known as one of the best coaches in the league. He had a knack for teaching young people the fundamentals of being successful on the field all the while teaching them that working as a team is what wins the game. He also enjoyed playing golf. He enjoyed it so much that he began making his own clubs to his specification. He had a love for the outdoors and you wouldn’t find him in the house because he was outside mowing grass on his beloved SCAG Zero-Turn lawnmower. The grass never got too tall because he would be outside cutting it to keep in pristine condition. His passion in life was his family especially the love of his life Roxanne. He loved Roxanne with all of his heart and he showed it every day.
John was proceeded in death by his parents, Johnny and Bobbie McWilliams. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Roxanne McWilliams, his son Andy McWilliams, his son Danny McWilliams and his wife Sheila, granddaughter Evy Abild and grandson Luke McWilliams. He is also survived by his sister Belinda Tavary and Husband Mike.
Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Tavary, Pat Cornor, Brian Hall, Vernon Hord, Mark Adams and Brennan Chauvin.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who gave him such a high level of care. The family would like to give a special thanks to his neighbor Mike Speights for always being there when they needed him. Mike has worked tirelessly over the years to lend a helping hand and it will never be forgotten. The friendship grew into more of an adopted son than a neighbor over there years. John loved Mike and all he helped him with.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 17th, from 5pm-8pm and Services will be on Wednesday, March 18th, beginning at 10am at Sterling-White Funeral Home located at 11011 Crosby Lynchburg Rd., Highlands, TX 77562.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wooster Baptist Church, 7007 Bayway Dr, Baytown, Texas, 77520
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