On April 28, 2019, Steven Wayne “Steve” Williams took flight for his next great adventure. A devoted grandfather, father, husband, brother, uncle, boss, and friend, his life meant so much to so many. He will be remembered with honor and respect by family, friends, and the greater Borger community.
Steve entered this world on March 21, 1954, born to Donald Wayne Williams and Robbie June Beal Williams. Born with a calculator in one hand and a wrench in the other, Steve lived an extraordinary life and touched the lives of countless others. Part engineer, part family man, part entrepreneur, and part connoisseur, he was a larger-than-life figure carving his own path and unflinchingly traversing into the unknown.
Growing up a Blackhawk, Steve played on the varsity football team and graduated salutatorian of the Phillips Class of ’72. After graduation he took his world-class talent for engineering and mathematics to Texas A&M, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nuclear Engineering in in ’76 and ’78, and until the very end he would seek out his fellow Aggies to share an enthusiastic “gig ‘em!”
After graduating from college, Steve was married to Charlotte Anne Watson on July 19, 1980 in Los Alamos, NM. In 1981, after a stint as a nuclear engineer in Los Alamos, Steve returned to Borger to found SERCO, his new venture in industrial construction. In the following early years he and Charlotte had two sons, Benjamin Wayne in ’87 and Eli Thomas in ’89 – and amid the chaos of running a new business, he still carved out time to be a devoted father and husband.
Aided by his forthright nature, Steve’s intellect and natural handiness grew SERCO from a fledgling upstart into a highly regarded industrial contracting firm operating throughout the Panhandle and beyond. The crown jewel of his professional life, SERCO grew out of decades of hard work and the high expectations and standards to which Steve held himself. Over the years, SERCO employed many hundreds of the highest quality people whom he loved and treated as family.
While professionally he was a sharp-witted, entrepreneurial force of nature, privately Steve was an avid hobbyist and a connoisseur of curiosities. He possessed a bottomless appetite for his hobbies, which included flying his airplane as an instrument-rating certified pilot, brewing beer at his brew pub, fishing, cooking and entertaining, amongst many others. He was also a collector of cars, guns, minerals, coins, and art. While he enjoyed the personal satisfaction of his varied hobbies and collections, his greatest joy was always sharing them with others.
But above all else, his greatest passion was spending time with his family – especially his grandsons. Whether on family trips to Europe or restoring classic cars with his sons, he showed his love for family through both his actions and words. Later in life as a grandfather, he developed a deep love for his three grandsons: Isaac, Jesse, and Caleb. He enjoyed taking his grandsons on rides in the co-pilot seat in his airplane, taking them fishing, and staying up past bedtime for sleepovers at Grandad’s house, often falling asleep together in a tangle of arms and legs on the couch.
He was preceded in death by his brother Mike and his parents.
Steve is survived by his wife Charlotte of Pagosa Springs, CO, his two sons Ben Williams and his wife Deborah of Borger, and Eli Williams and his wife Michele of New York City, NY, his sister Nancy Floyd and her husband Mike of Frisco, and three grandsons Isaac, Jesse and Caleb with one on the way.
A Celebration of Life service will be Friday, May 3 at 2:00p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Charlie Morgan officiating. A reception with his family will immediately follow the service in the Fellowship Hall at the church. Cremation arrangements are by Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Steve's name to:
Frank Phillips College, Workforce Solutions Department
PO Box 5118
Borger, TX 79008
Charlotte and family,
So sorry for your loss. Steve was a very special man. I have great memories of working with you on the BISD school board and being around you, Steve and your boys as they went through high school. God bless all of your family.
Cliff StephensLubbock, TX
Dear Charlotte, We are sorry for your loss. All at St. Patrick’s are holding you in our thought and prayers.
Bill and Nancy CrousePagosa Springs, CO
Steve Williams, this world is a better place, because of you. Your heart, your compassion, your philanthropic spirit, your contagious smile, your witty sense of humor. All of these gifts, I will certainly miss. Flying high with the angels, you most certaily are! I look forward to seeing you again one day! Save me an aisle seat?!
Michelle GriffinBorger, TX
To a great friend and business man may you fly high forever and everyone that knows you will follow behind you in time! God bless all of your families forever amen! Out of sight but not forgotten!
Opie and Phyllis TullosBorger, TX
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends of Steve's. He was a great guy and will be missed.
Randy TalleyPhoenix, AZ
Steve, I will miss our talks, and the wonderful memories of you will be with Ruth Ann and I forever. Rest in Peace.
Jim PopeGranbury, TX
So very sorry to learn of Steve's passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Steve and his family are in my prayers.
Kenneth KimbleAmarillo, TX
Melissa NickellCyril, OK
Dear Charlotte, Ben, Eli, and family, We are thinking of you and praying for all of you. What a blessing Steve was to us and our boys What a devoted son to his parents. We know you will all miss him greatly. May God embrace you under His mighty wings and bring you comfort. Love Randy and Martha Johnson
Martha JohnsonBorger, TX
So very sorry for your loss.Steve was
He was a Mighty Blackhawk.
Prayers for the family
Terri WillisBorger, TX
We are saddened to hear of our "neighbor's" death. We enjoyed looking across and seeing his animals. He was a kind and generous man....Dana and Del Simmons
Claudia D SimmonsBorger, TX
RIP. Steve and his family were always leaders around PHS. Prayers to all of the family
Sam KarnesLivingston, TX
Sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers.
Alvin and Terry SchaafPagosa Springs, CO
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and employees. Steve was always very friendly. What a legacy he leaves for you all. Such a good life cut way too short. May all the good times keep you smiling in remembrance of him.
Teresa bellowBorger, TX
Thoughts and prayers to Steve's family. He will be missed by many. Sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories.
Kathy FordeAmarillo, TX
Steve was a great man so good to all his employees
My prayers are with the entire Williams and SEFCO families
Rest in Peace Fly High with the Angels 😢
Theresa. GarciaPanhandle, TX
Charlotte, Ben and Eli and families,
Thoughts and prayers as you endure the days to come.
Our sincere sympathy,
Tad, Mary Lou , William and Clay Lozier
Mary Lou LozierFritch, TX
It was my good fortune to know Steve professionally for many years. He will be missed as one of the "Good guys" to work with. The last time we talked he shared his joy of spending time with his grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Jim BloomerLiberal, KS
Steve, We will never forget your taking my grandson.Levi Cox under your wing when he was fresh out ot prison you did your best for him, With love to Charlott and the boys. Billie Simmonx
Billie SimmomsAmarillo, WY
Donald and Susan RawlinsFritch, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Steve was so sweet and friendly. May the memories you have of him carry you through the days ahead
Ronnie and Kay Klaus
Kay Tubbs KlausAmarillo, TX
We have so many fabulous memories with Steve and Charlotte. Such a beautiful soul. You will never be forgotten. Our love and prayers to each of you. The Bybees.
John and Vicki BybeeFritch, TX
I've had the pleasure of working for him for the past 12 yrs he is a great man to the people who work for serco he will be missed by many
Donald robertsonSanford, TX
Steve, was a friend and highly respected by all. He always had time to stop and talk or just to say hello. You will be missed my friend.
Jack DaniellAmarillo, TX
My heart goes out to all of you in this loss of a great man. May God wrap his arms around you and be your strength!! I know that Heaven is a more wonderful place!!
Melissa JenkinsFrisco, TX
So sorry to learn of Steve's passing. He was good man and good friend. We enjoyed talking airplanes. He will be sorely missed. May God bless him and receive him into eternal rest.
Chris JohnsonPampa, TX
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.
Janet BracherAmarillo, TX
Steve was a friendly and outgoing man. As far as I know, he held no grudges. I wish him peace.
Rodney WallenTulsa, OK
Dear Williams Family,
My deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of Steve. He was a kind, funny and brilliant man; he had great stories to tell , and I always enjoyed our visits. I remember how happy he was when he talked about his plane, he loved flying.
Well, Steve is soaring high with the angels now. Rest in peace, my friend. I pray our Lord give comfort and peace to the family, He is our refuge and our strength.
2 Timothy 4:7
Geneva GiffordBorger, TX
Dear Nancy and family,
I was shocked and heartbroken to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I have fond memories of him hanging out at our house when my cousins, Larry & Susan Robinson would often visit from Longview. Steve had a heart as big as his amazing personality and his loss will be mourned by many! My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family during the times ahead when the shock is replaced by grief. Your parents and Mike held a special place in my heart, as well as the blessing they were to my family. I love you.
Natalie RawlinsBorger, TX
Thank you for your friendship
David W BarkerBorger th, TX