George Christopher Modenbach Williams, age 21, took his own life around 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018. He was the beloved son of Jerrye Modenbach Williams and Christopher Benjamin Williams, brother of Joseph Benjamin Modenbach Williams and Elizabeth Grace Modenbach Williams, and soon to be brother-in-law, Jorge Augusto Garcia-Cruz. He died in the house in which he lived for most of his life, and his absence was immediately felt by both family and friends. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, on April 4, 1996, George began his schooling in Lafayette at Guchereau Early Childhood Development Center until his family relocated to Kingwood, Texas. He attended St. Martha Catholic School from pre-k 3 through 8th grade and St. Pius X High School where he graduated in 2014. Playing sports, especially soccer was his passion, and he was involved in stagecraft. He attended UL at Lafayette for one year and Lone Star College while working part time at Schlotzsky’s. George was always a well-meaning and mild-mannered person. His quiet nature concealed an earnest and thoughtful mind, and those who understood him knew that he was both intelligent and considerate in great measure. He loved soccer, cats, nice clothes, and video games, and he kept a strict workout routine each day. He was a reliable worker, and if he put his mind to something he got good results. He often retreated into solitude due to the stresses of the world and the instances of non-reciprocation of his kindness. His struggles were largely unknown even by those close to him, and right to the end he put up a brave front and tried to conceal his pain. His loss is felt deeply by all members of his family and many friends as well. He was a true and honest person, a gentle soul, and his sincere nature is exactly the kind that is often sadly cut down by the coldness of the world. His beloved cat, Cocoa, immediately understood that he was gone, and will probably not be the same for a long time. She is quirky, sweet, and introverted, and they were not only great friends but similar in many ways. George’s immediate family is devastated by the events of that dark Thursday, but understand that George lives on in each of them. While none of them could ever be ready for what happened, reality dictates that each of them must be a better person for George. There is not enough kindness in the world for the loss of such a good person, much too soon, to be tenable, so it is the duty of everyone who knew George to emulate some of his goodness. Be more thoughtful and considerate of others, because the world was unexpectedly and abruptly robbed of a great person on that Thursday afternoon, and we all need to fill that void. His loss cannot be in vain.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend visitation at Darst Funeral Home at 796 Russell Palmer Rd. in Kingwood, Texas 77339 on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Family time is from 5:00-6:00, family and friends from 6:00-8:00 with a rosary said at 7:30. A mass will be said at Greenwood Funeral Home in New Orleans on Friday, February 16, 2018. Visitation is 9:00-11:00 followed by Mass at 11:00. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. In lieu of flowers, for those desiring, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to St. Martha Catholic Church Capital Campaign or the Houston SPCA.
Chris and Jerrye Williams