Former City of Cocoa Mayor Jake Williams Jr. passed away suddenly on Monday reportedly after suffering from a heart attack. He was just 60 years old.
He served as Mayor from 2018 to 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, he served on Cocoa City Council from 2004‐2012 and twice as Deputy Mayor; a member of the City’s Code Enforcement Board from 1998‐2004 and Planning & Zoning Board from 2013‐2018; Currently 2nd Vice President of Central Brevard NAACP, Masonic Lodge MI#685, Florida Black Caucus, Brevard Homeless Coalition, Space Coast TPO Executive and Board of Directors, CivMil, and formerly Florida League of Mayors.
“I am saddened to hear the news of the passing of former Mayor Jake Williams, Jr. He served the residents of Cocoa for many years as both a Councilman and Mayor and his impact on our community will not be forgotten. My prayers go out to his family and friends during this very difficult time,” said Cocoa Mayor Michael Blake.
Jake was also a disabled Air Force Veteran, and could be seen at nearly every event in the community, not to be honored, but to serve.