Don Williams

May 02, 1942 ‒ April 10, 2013

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Don Williams, 70, of Mansfield passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

He was born May 2, 1942, in Portsmouth, Ohio. Don served in the U.S. Army before moving to Las Vegas. He was best known for his humor and card playing. While living in Vegas, he was the poker room host at several casinos. Don was dubbed “The World’s Best Unknown Poker Player”, winning many championships and being interviewed on ESPN. Playing golf, pool and poker with his “Extended Family” was a favorite past-time.

Don is survived by his wife, Joyce (Wise) Williams, two daughters: Debra J Williams of Phoenix and Lisa Velasco, Miami, FL; a son Steven (Teri) Williams of Huntsville, AL, and grandchildren Eddie and Bryan Velasco of Miami and Kyra J. Williams, U.S. Marine Corp., Japan.

Also surviving are brothers Norman, Larry D. (Ava), Larry P. (Margaret) and Melvin (Lisa) Williams and sisters Juanita Pope, Bernita (Jack) Hoffman, Melba Comer, Candace (John) Bailey, Carol (Arnold) Russell, Janie (Ron) Sellars and Donna (Carl) Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Williams and Esther Lambert and his twin brother, Ron, and sister Delores Truitt, who passed away 1-31-2013.

There will be no calling hours, but a celebration of Don’s life will be held at 144 W. Third St., Mansfield on April 27th from 1 pm to 3 pm.

The family has requested no flowers. Condolences may be made by visiting: