Draeon Joseph Williams was born on March 2, 1987, to parents Earl Wiliams Jr., and Wendy Finney-Hemphill at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, CA. Draeon's entrance into the world wasn't easy as he was born two and a half months early with one and a half lungs, weighing only two pounds. After a seven-week stay in the hospital, he was allowed to come home. Shortly thereafter, he was baptized at Holy Name of Jesus Church. After brief stays in Los Angeles and Oakland, his family moved to Sacramento where he attended Luther Burbank High School and American River College. As his life changed and he grew, so did his relationship with the Lord. Under Pastor Maralee Parker at the Church of Sovereign God, he was born again and re-baptized.
Draeon worked as a security guard. But he loved to eat so it is no surprise that his greatest joy and most rewarding experience was given to him by Joe Adams at Delta Soul. Draeon's greatest passion, however, was on the baseball field where he was a southpaw pitcher. More recently, he switched from player to dedicated coach. He spent hours teaching and mentoring the youth of the Airport Little League Panthers. He loved being on the field and loved the kids on his team.
Draeon departed his earthly life on December 3, 2018. He was greeted at the gates by his grandparents, Earl and Carolyn Wiliams, Wadell Finney, Sr. and Marsha Finney (g-ma#2), and his younger brother Dawan D. Finey-Harden who preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn and cherish his memory his grandmothers, Marganetta L. Finney and Gloria Finney (g-ma #3), his parents Earl Wiliams, Jr. and Wendy Finney-Hemphill. His brothers, Dajon Finney-Lott, Sr. (wife Amber), DaVawn Finney-Lomax, Earl Wiliam, III, his sisters Drajwanee Finney-Dickerson and Mariah Williams, 10 aunts and uncles, 8 nieces and nephews, and a host of family and friends, too numerous to count. Draeon has earned his wings and will be missed greatly.