OKC assistant coach Monty Williams delivered a very emotional and powerful speech during Thursday’s funeral service for his wife, Ingrid Williams, who was killed in a car accident earlier this month.
Here’s some excerpts from Monty’s speech given to a group of almost 900 people, which included Chris Paul, Austin & Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich, David West, Tim Duncan and the entire Thunder organization.
“I’m thankful for all the people who showed up today. 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.”
“I want to close with this, and I think it’s the most important thing we need to understand. Everyone is praying for me and my family, which is right, but let us not forget that there were two people in this situation. And that family needs prayer as well, and we have no ill will towards that family. In my house, we have a sign that says, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’
“We cannot serve the Lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness. 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. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family because they grieve as well. So let’s not lose sight of what’s important.”
The driver of the other car, Susannah Donaldson, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to an investigation, she was going “well over the posted speed limit” and if she wasn’t, “it is highly likely that Mrs. Williams would have survived the accident.”
Monty Williams you're incredible man! Very powerful and strong! So moving watching you. May she continue to live in Paradise and thank you!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 19, 2016