Detroit musician, mentor LaVell Williams dies

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
LaVell Williams will be honored in Detroit Saturday with a memorial and dance party.

The music and arts community of Detroit lost a supporter and mentor Saturday with the death of LaVell Williams. 

The longtime Roseville resident, who was born in Florida, died at age 51 at Beaumont Hospital.

According to an obituary written by Carleton Gholz, his longtime friend and colleague at the Detroit Sound Conservancy, Williams moved to Michigan when he was 3 years old. He graduated from Cooley High School and studied photography at the Center for Creative Studies. 

For more than 13 years, Williams worked at Record Time music stores in Roseville and Ferndale where he became the hub of Detroit's music community, particularly within the realm of electronic and techno music.

Williams, a co-founder and president of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Detroit Sound Conservancy, was also a singer and songwriter and an active supporter of LGBT causes. 

A celebration of Williams' life is planned Saturday at two events. A memorial service will be from  4 to 6:30 p.m. at 1XRun Headquarters at 2905 Beaufait in Detroit, followed by a dance party at the Works, 1846 Michigan in Detroit, from 7 to 10 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, Williams' family is asking that donations be sent to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the Detroit Sound Conservancy

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