THE THIN BLUE LINE
DETECTIVE JOHNNIE L. WILLIAMS
SDPD 07/14/1952 - 11/20/1978
05/20/1925 - 06/10/2010
Johnnie Williams was born in Southeast San Diego during the height of the Depression.

He was one of eight children born to John R. and Cleo Addie Williams. Life was not easy for them. He attended Stockton Elementary, Memorial Jr. High and San Diego High School where he graduated in 1943. Afterwards, he enrolled in City College and San Diego State University.

He joined the San Diego Police Dept. in 1952 as a "beat cop." He was later assigned to Burglary and finally as a Homicide Detective where he was always on call, sometimes 36 hours straight. He was good at his job, many of his cases are used as classroom study material throughout the state. A number of murder Mystery magazines have given him honorable mention.

He served over 26 years with the San Diego Police Department.


In 1949, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Ivy from Fresno, CA. He was preceded in death by one son, Tommy.

He was a member and Trustee of Bethel Baptist Church, past Worshipful Master of Fidelity Lodge #10, Past Worthy Patron Ruth Lodge #11 OES, Chancellor in the San Diego Consistory #91 and Oriental Guide in the Shrine.

He also kept busy with his coin laundry and rental properties.

He is survived by his wife, Ivy Williams; son, James Williams; a host of grand- and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Monday, June 14th, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary. Services will be on Tuesday, June 15th, at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 1962 Euclid Avenue. Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery.