Pearl Louis Williams

June 9, 1938 ~ April 4, 2021 (age 82)


Pearl Louis Williams was born on June 9, 1938 to Eddie “Love” and Nannie Williams in Starkville, Mississippi. He was the youngest of eleven children. Both his Parents, Brothers: Charles, Jimmy, Frank, Robert and George. Sisters: Bonnie Williams, Mildred Lessard and Eva Draine.  Son: Derrise Cummings and Grandson: Christopher Doni Palmer all preceded him in death. 

Pearl grew up in Starkville, Mississippi.  As a young man he headed north for a more gainful life. He had many odd jobs in Chicago but Dinkerspere and Forest Poultry were two of his more stable positions. However, his career was as a Still operator for The Brach's Candy Company, a position in which he held for over twenty-nine years. Pearl took great pride in creating flavors and colors of candies, knowing that his work would ship all over the world.

In 1989 while working at Brach’s, he met Ms. Kathleen Johnson. In September of 1992, they married. To this union, one child was born, Samuel Louis Williams. One child was born but two were raised, as Pearl became stepfather to Kathleen’s daughter, Karinne.

Pearl was a part of a quartet singing group called the “Sensational Harmoniares”. Pearl’s passions were Horse racing, Fishing, his Cadillac Escalade ESV and becoming the next Big lottery winner. 

In 2015, he made his home at the Montclare Senior Residence in Galewood. There he was popularly known as “The Chicken Man” because of his favorite meal, Popeye’s Chicken.

Pearl departed this life on April 4, 2021 at The Mayfair Care Center in Chicago. 

He leaves A Life Legacy of one daughter: Latisia Palmer. Four Sons: Pete Williams, Corey A. Palmer, Doni J. Palmer and Samuel Louis Williams. One Stepdaughter: Karinne L. Spencer. He also leaves Seven Grandchildren: Eumina Cummings, Sherrise Cummings Sharita Cummings, Kewone J. Palmer, Amani K. Palmer, Kamari J. Palmer and Kateece E. Palmer. Four Great Grandchildren: Isaiah Cummings, Zachariah Cummings, Zuriel Cummings and Syncere Cummings. Two Sisters: Susie Miles of Lyons, Illinois and Elizabeth Holloway of St. Louis, MO.  One former Mother-In-law, Annie Mae Euell and one former Wife and Personal Executive Assistant, Kathleen Williams.  Several other Nieces, Great Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and a host of extended Family, other Relatives and Friends.     

A committal service will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 1:00 P.M. in the Interment Chapel of Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road at Manheim Road, Hillside, Illinois


Because of His great Love for us, God, who is rich in Mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by Grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2: 4-5

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April 23, 2021

1:00 PM
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1400 South Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162

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