At Desert Vista, Dave Williams carries a family legacy

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Feb 22, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Dave Williams, coach of the Desert Vista High School girlÕs basketball team, during practice at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023. Mandatory Credit: Diannie Chavez/The Republic

Just off Baseline Road, where the church spires rise up like smokestacks of hope, there’s an austere little building. It’s also a church, or at least it was.

Nowadays, the 40 red bricks that used to form a cross over the main entrance have mostly been ripped out, replaced by mortar or nothing at all. The blue and white sign that welcomed congregants to Baseline Missionary Baptist Church is gone, too. A coat of brown paint has slowly chipped off the gable roof, revealing the wooden frame that Paul and Frankie Williams built here, back in the 1980s.

Not much else remains, but their names do, still engraved on a granite sign that holds the details to the building’s past life.

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