1943 — 2021
J.L. "Sonny" Williams, long-time local business leader and minority owner of the Dallas Mavericks, passed away at home surrounded by family on July 10, 2021. He and wife, Gretchen Minyard Williams, her sister, Liz Minyard, and cousin, Bob Minyard ran Minyard Food Stores, Inc. Born March 1, 1943 in Memphis to Pauline Goza Williams, Sonny moved to Dallas in 1956 and he and his mother were hired at Minyard. When he began, little did Sonny know that his part-time job would turn into a lifetime career. As active as he was in business, Sonny was just as active as a volunteer. He served as an elected member of the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees, served on the Board of...