Oklahoma City Thunder's Monty Williams gives moving eulogy at wife's funeral

By The Sports Xchange  |  Feb. 20, 2016 at 2:16 PM
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Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral service for his wife, who died in an automobile crash.

Ingrid Williams and three of the Williams' children were in the car that was struck head-on Feb. 9 in Oklahoma City by another vehicle that crossed the center line. The 44-year-old mother of five died a day later.

Among those at the funeral were coach Doc Rivers, Chris Paul and Austin Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers; coach Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan and David West of the San Antonio Spurs; and the entire Thunder organization.

"I'm thankful for all the people who showed up today," Williams said Thursday. "It's a pretty tough time, not just for me but for all of you as well. I'm mindful of that.

"This is hard for my family, but this will work out. And my wife would punch me if I were to sit up here and whine about what is going on. That doesn't take away the pain, but it will work out because God causes all things to work out. You just can't quit; you can't give in."

The driver of the other car, 55-year-old Susannah Donaldson, also died in the accident.

"Let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well," Williams said. "And we have no ill will toward that family. That family didn't wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard -- it is very hard -- and that was tough. But we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family."

The Thunder said an estimated 900 people attended what was called a "Celebration of Life for Ingrid Williams" at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

LeBron James showed his support for Williams on Thursday night after the Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the Chicago Bulls.

"Monty Williams you're incredible man! Very powerful and strong! So moving watching you. May she continue to live in Paradise and thank you!" James wrote on Twitter.

Williams joined the Thunder coaching staff before this season after serving as Pelicans head coach from 2010 to 2015 before he was fired. Williams also played in the NBA for six teams from 1994 to 2003.

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