Chef Gary Williams of DeJ

Gary Williams, known as “Chef Gary” for the tasty creole and cajun cuisine he served at two Memphis restaurants he owned, has died.

Williams death was confirmed on a Facebook post from one of his restaurants, as friends and loved ones posted their condolences.

“As the world learn of your passing and is mourning the loss of the great chef, friend, Babalawo and church member you were to them I mourn the loss of my “Pops,” wrote Resha Williams on Williams’ Facebook page. “This doesn’t even seem real like. You were the realist, funniest and kindest man, if you were around you can rest assure laughing was going on.

“This is a hard but I can hear you saying “you got this Ree, take care of my son, your mama and the kids” and I’ll do just that,” Resha Williams continued. “So here goes, Rip to my laughing, COGIC, Singing, shots fired, instigating, loving but crazy pops. You were a light in a dark place, you would change the atmosphere anywhere you were and I will miss you much! I couldn’t have asked for a better father in Love.”

This story will be updated.