Craig Curtis 'Peacemaker' Williams, age 55, of Joplin, Mo., departed from this life at his home on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Memorial services will be held at Byers Avenue United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m.
Curtis was born August 21, 1961, to Ray and Betty Williams, Joplin. He attended Alcott School, South Junior High and graduated from Parkwood High School in 1979. He worked for Williams Food Company, Webb City, until they moved to Kansas City, Kan. Then he was named general manager of the family-owned Razorback Roller Rink II, in Springdale, Ark., for a few years. He later worked as an iron worker in the commercial steel building business in the Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri areas. In March of 1993, he was severely injured on the job and had been greatly impaired since.
He moved to Florida in 2000 and became involved with a faith-based prison ministry. He then returned to Joplin in 2008 and began serving in the Spoke-N-Word Ministry and later, The Covenant Motorcycle Ministry, witnessing for Christ and spreading God's word. He was ordained at Shoal Creek Revival Church, Pierce City, Mo., on May 19, 2013. The last few years he worked through several motorcycle prison ministries and joined the Bill Glass 'Champions For Life' on November 8, 2012.
He also assisted services with the inmates in Joplin City Jail on Sunday afternoons and the Jasper County Jail, in Carthage, on Wednesday evenings. On Monday afternoons, he participated in a Bible study class at Byers Avenue United Methodist Church.
Peacemaker Curtis is survived by his parents, Ray and Betty (Ryon) Williams, Joplin; his son, Chadd Curtis and wife, Kim, and infant daughter, Aubrey Grace, Siloam Springs, Ark.; sister, Raenn Donley and husband, Tom, Kansas City, Mo., their sons, Reed William, of the home, and Ryan Grant, U.S. Navy and Tom's daughter, Casey, of Kansas City; beloved companion, Delores Livingston; former wife, Sherry Williams, Siloam Springs; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
A somewhat wild and unruly soul that recognized the good in everyone. To say he will be deeply missed by all those that knew him and loved him is a complete understatement.
His remains will be interred in the Williams family plot in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Kan., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Byers Avenue United Methodist Church or to a ministry of your choice.
Published on May 3, 2017