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LIVE STREAM: Memorial service for Danny Williams Sunday at 2 p.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY - The News Channel 4 family has lost a great friend and coworker, Danny Williams.

News Channel 4 alum, Williams passed away at his home Tuesday afternoon after struggling with an illness since last fall.

Many of you will remember Danny for entertaining the radio and TV audiences of all ages for decades.

To the young he was "Spavanaw Spoofkin," telling children's stories on radio, "3D Danny" and "Xavier T. Willard" on the television screen.

To the adults, he was one of their favorite radio personalities and television talk show hosts.

Danny's radio and TV started in 1950 on WKY-TV, what News Channel 4 is today.

He was the host of Oklahoma's first talk show, "The Danny Williams Show."

Williams wrote, produced and stared in "Dan D. Dynamo" from 1953 to 1957 and as "3D Danny," he made the show the first local program to out-rate the "Mickey Mouse Club."

According to his website, Danny became the WKY morning radio personality in 1957 and was Oklahoma's leading air personality on one of the country's top radio stations over the next 20 years.

He was the producer and host of OKC's top-rated talks show, "DannysDay" on KTVY from 1967 to 1984.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Maureen, three loving daughters, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

One daughter passed away before Danny.

Danny was born April 21, 1927 in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Danny was 85 years old.

You can leave your memories of Danny and messages for his family on the KFOR-TV Facebook page here.

Danny's biographical information is from family members and his website,