Honoring Dr. Death...A Memorable Day...

Friday was an emotional day for all of us that knew, loved and respected our late friend Steve "Dr. Death" Williams. His Memorial Service in Lakewood, Colorado was special and well attended. It certainly was a day that created some lasting memories.   

Several individuals were provided the opportunity to speak including Hall of Fame football Coach Barry Switzer, Doc's college wrestling coach at OU Stan Abel, Terry Taylor, Leon "Vader" White, Ted DiBiase, Sr., Stan Hansen, myself, and many others in Doc's family and circle of friends. WWE executive and Doc's former tag team partner John (Johnny Ace) Laurinaitis flew in from Connecticut to pay his respects.  

The services also featured some amazing video tributes to Steve and the closing video was one that many of you have likely seen where Doc talked about his love for Christ and how important living in God's word was to him. 

The entire service lasted about 3 hours or so and was extremely moving.

I traveled to Lakewood from OKC on a private jet provided by Coach Switzer with former OU and Colorado Gene Hocheavor, who recruited Doc, Merv Johnson, who was Doc's offensive line coach for 4 years and James Hale who is a radio personality at AM1400 The Ref and INTERNET recruiting expert who was friends with Doc at OU when Steve was a student.

It was a memorable day and I enjoyed hearing the many stories about my adopted "little brother" who made my life better by knowing him.

Stan Hansen said it best when he said that the wrestling business allows one to have many acquaintances but few friends.

To those attending Steve Williams' funeral services it was obvious that many of us within the business lost a true friend when Steve died on December 30 as a result of a five plus year battle with throat cancer. 

Terry Taylor was Doc's first Mid South opponent of note back when Steve first started wrestling and Terry had some great stories of wrestling Doc in some of Steve's earliest matches. Terry is a brave and dedicated man to have survived a young Dr. Death who was known to get a little excited in the ring back in the day especially considering Doc never knew just how strong he really was.  It was really good to see Terry again as it has been years since we last spoke or saw each other.  Terry has been a friend of mine for many years and it is sad that we both allowed our professional lives to prevent us from even calling one another and saying hello from time to time. Perhaps it is days like Friday that encourage one to remember one's short list of "wrestling friends" and to reach out to them occasionally.

Hansen spoke of bonding with Doc on a Thanksgiving night, 9 hour ride on a ferry boat in Japan not long after Doc and Terry Gordy had left one Japanese wrestling company for another. Doc's blessing/prayer that night before the wrestlers devoured a turkey that was provided to them by Mrs. Baba was particularly memorable to Stan who was one of the best and toughest wrestlers I ever saw.  60 year old Stan looked to be lean and in incredible shape and far from the 300 pounds that he used to carry. Stan's verbal skills are still spot on and I could listen to him talk all day.

Ted DiBiase was assigned to teach Doc the ropes by Bill Watts, who did not attend the service, and shared some great stories as well. Ted and Doc formed an amazing tag team even though most fans will debate that Doc's best tag partner was Terry Gordy. Trust me, Doc and Ted were awesome and that's taking nothing away from the greatness of Williams and Gordy. Ted is now a minister and it is always good to see my old friend as we have literally grown up together in the biz. Bill Watts and Dick Murdoch mentored both Ted and me back in the day. I hope that Ted is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame some day.

Leon White is now a  born again Christian and has also shed a bunch of weight, perhaps close to 100 pounds. I'm proud of Leon/Vader's life changes and the man he has become. Leon has worked hard to rid himself of his demons and here's hoping that he can remain demon free for the rest of his days. Leon and son Jesse will be teaming in a wrestling event this spring in Japan. Jesse, former OU football recruit and who will graduate from OU in May, is a great kid who I hope I can help with his wrestling career in the future.

The closing shot of Doc in the video that aired shocked me. I was not ready to see my pal with no hair and down, what looked like, many, many pounds. But guess what...Steve still had a twinkle in his eye, a mischievous smile on his face and showed no fear even in spite of his physician predicted death.

We are going to look into doing something on this website to help create a college fund for Doc's son Wyndham.  Perhaps a limited edition photo from our pal Dennis Brent's collection of Doc and me that I can sign and that we can then donate a large portion of the proceeds to Doc's only son. I'll keep you posted.

God Bless you Steve and remember, if you email me from Heaven, please seek out sell check and remember that there is no need to put your entire message in caps....unless you're yelling at me or think that I'm getting hard of hearing. I love you my friend and I will see you again when my number is called. Thanks to you, I'll be ready.  

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Sounds like that the service was great and very touching.  I was only privileged to see Dr. Death a few times but was very impressed with his character and skills. May he rest in peace.

Hi J.R.

Thanks for sharing Friday service's with us it must have been a real tear jerker seeing that he was a great guy.

and it was great that stan hansen made it and share his story with Doc son just the little things that what count. Maybe Wrestler Rescue can help Doc son by selling Doc book and photo's and his video and the money can help Doc son.

Bama Kid...

Hi JR, nicely written about Doc. I attended the service yesterday and can say that I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all the stories shared by you, Coach Switzer, Dibiase, and of course Doc's brothers, among others, about the good doctor.

I was very fortunate to get to know Steve when he came to Dallas for SWA training. He was in my class, which lasted about a week. I have taught many new hires that come to Dallas, but Doc stands out among them. And we stayed in contact when he returned to Denver to start his new career.

Like Stan Hansen said yesterday, I too have a voice message in my phone from Doc that I just can't delete. It will stay in my phone as long as I can keep it. In true Doc fashion, it was a very uplifting message to me, and I like to replay it from time to time.

When Doc left Dallas, he sent back to me his autographed book, autographed pics of him in his OU uniform,  wrestling pics, DVD, etc. Plus, he sent my kids t-shirts, which they love. All those gifts were greatly appreciated, but I don't think Doc realized that I wasn't so much a fan of his career as I was a fan of him, the person. His gentle heartedness, his kindness, his passion for life,  and his passion for Christ.

Awesome service yesterday, I know Doc would've loved it. I know my life is alot richer for having known him, even if only for a short time.


PS Did you have that cocktail last night in Doc's honor? :)

R.I.P Doc.  We fans like to say thank u for the entertainment your matches.  Say hi to bam bam Terry Gordy. And watch over your son,JR and us the fans.

RiP Doc

U will never be forgotten

Had a moment to meet Steve to escort him out of a bar at the request of the barmaid. I'm 5 foot 5 and disabled, he's 6 feet plus. I have to tell him to leave the establishment. He looked at the barmaid, looked at me, I tugged on his coat collar he got up and we walked to the door, he went quietly. I am and was a big fan of his It didn't dawn on me until years later that it was him. i remember thinking he was a quiet man who had to be gentle because he put up no fuss and was not upset by the whole thing. The barmaid told me later that he was a pro-wrestler and at that point I started to wonder how dum that was of me. Seemed like a like-able guy. I always enjoyed his wrestling! May hie RIP!

 Good day. It seems you were quite off in your prediction that the jets would lose to cincy. Better stick to college football, which to be honest with you is as much respected as college lacrosse.  Until college football establishes a playoff system nobody in the wwe universe or world for that matter will take it seriously

Your email makes about as much sense as my picking the Bengals at home.

That friday night in Lakewood was extremely emotion for myself and everyone else that went with me. The videos that aired brought laughs, tears, and a thousand dry empty throats. Many of these same feelings were had when he retired in our ring here in Colorado Springs on August 15th, 2009. And felt yet again last Saturday night January 9th during our tribute event for Doc featuring Leon "Vader" White and hundreds of devoted Doc fans.

Thanks for your words and strength on stage, as well as the rest of the speakers. It was evident how much these historic figures such as Stan Able (Doc's wrestling coach at OU) Barry Switzer etc. truly cared about Doc. As anyone would I tried to fight and conceal my tears, but looked in all direction to see nothing less than the same on every face.

Doc's brother Jeff, his daughter Stormy and son Wyndham, aer everything that Doc said they were. Wonderful people and it feels great to know that my friend left us amidst such an intensely incredible family. I can only hope I have the same when it's my time.

Stan Hansen brought a lighter feel to the night and it was great to see him as well. "NO MORE PAIN!" he made it simple for us and I appreciated it. Seeing grown men and industry legends breaking down on stage and struggling to get words out was tough for all of us to watch, but once again Doc left amidst a wonderful extended family as well and I am so very proud to have been his friend and have shared the in ring and out of ring moments I was fortunate to share with him.

His brother Jeff is a dead ringer for Doc... Same voice, same eyes, same demeanor, it's hard not to feel an attachment to this complete stranger upon meeting him. Like his brother he engulfs you with kindness and a larger than life personality.

Thank you to the family for the beautiful services and for the kindness. It was nice to see Ted Dibiase, Terry Taylor again and meeting Jeremy Young from Texas Indy circuit and the gentleman that wrote his book. All very genuine people.

At our tribute show we all went through the usual rituals, said a few words, showed videos all night, and worked our asses off to put on one hell of a wrestling show for our friend Doc... Proceeds from DVD sales of both the August 15th retirement show, and the January 9th 2010 Tribute Show will go to the Doc Fund as well as proceeds from the Doc Tribute shirts we had made. Go to www.asylumwrestling.com for more info on both...

Both are amazing events, and if you loved The Doc as we did, it's a much have.

Thank you Doc from the bottom of our hearts for the moments you gave us... Never to be forgotten, you can rest now...


That was a beautiful column, JR.  Nothing more to say than that.  God bless.

   I met Steve Williams at an independent show with Major League Wrestling in Ft. Lauderdale in 2003. A guy working the gimmick table sold me his back stage pass for $20 and it gave me the oppurtunity of a lifetime. I didn't know Dr. Death was even on the card that night when I ran into him behind the curtain.

   There were many wrestlers there that night, up and coming talent along with ring veterans. As I introduced myself to each wrestler, all the while trying not to be the biggest mark I had ever seen, I accidentally bumped into Steve trying to avoid physical contact with The Sandman right before his match with Terry Funk.

    I turned to apologize to this huge man and realized it was Steve whom I had grazed shoulders with. All that came to my mind was, "Don't apologize, just ask for a photo!" And thats what I did. Dr. Death then suggested that we wait until after his match with Mike Awesome to grat my request. I waited until the entire show was over, thinking that every superstar from Raven, D'Lo Brown to Jerry Lynn would be gracious enought for a photo op.

   I found out shortly thereafter that some wrestlers were charging fans for pictures, and I assumed I needed to chose who i wanted to spend my money on. When I walked near Steve and reached for my wallet, he stopped me and said one of the most sincere things anyone has ever said to me. "If the days comes that I need to charge someone for a picture with me, the day before that I will quit.", said Dr. Death. 

   That was one of the greatest day I have ever experienced in all my years of being a fan of pro wrestling. I will never forget Steve Williams and will cherish the brief passing we shared together. He will be missed by many, his fans, friends, and those of us that brushed shoulders with a man like no other.

Sorry for your loss, J.R.

Hi JR,

I didn't get the pleasure to meet you at Doc's Memorial, but I sat right behind you and walked in with all of you and his family.

Doc and I were great friends at age 13yrs old. He'd always tell me "Ruthie, I can't read or write and I'm never gonna get a girlfriend" because at that time, he was a bit "chunky", but man! Over the summer of our junior and senior year of high school, Doc buffed up and all the girls loved him. I don't know if the spelling lessons ever stayed with him:), but he was bigger than life back then.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams raised a great family. Every one of the Williams boys and sister that they had lost earlier, were all big hearted. Doc would knock the football players on the field in high school down and then he'd come back and pick them back up. There was always a tenderness about Doc. He used to carry me from class to class in school by grabbing the back of my over alls, feet off the ground and I'd be screaming all the way "Steve WILLIAMS! Put ME DOWN!", but he got a big kick out of that.

When he came back home to Lakewood in 2006, he and I re-connected and we talked every week. Went to social gatherings, I went to some of his speeches. He helped on our 30th reunion in 2008 and i'll NEVER forget the look on doc's face at the reunion family picnic. He brought Wyndham and Dottie and Dottie had baked Wyndham and I each a bday cake because it was our birthday that week. Doc was in HEAVEN that day! He just loved "watching all of our kids play together" at the park we used to hang out at as kids.

Doc encouraged me, like he did everyone else, to face your fears head on and never give up. So, I'm writing a book now myself about my life and the foreward will go to Doc. He put me in his book, he'll definetely will be in mine.

I know that you are hurting, I am, too and can't imagine how the Williams family is doing. My prayers are with all of you.

Here's some pics of Doc: one was in high school when he won State Champion or Wrestling and the other one is at our 30th reunion. He and Wyndham won the golf game prize.



God Bless,

Ruthie Owen

LHS Class of 1978


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