At this point the world is enamored with the story of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the amazing radio voice. However, after Ted became a junkie, lush, and thief, he left behind a wife and several kids that still needed to be raised, a job she did as a single mother for 23 years.
Patricia Kirtley raised four daughters alone after Williams split 23 years ago and dove down the rabbit hole of drugs.
Not only that, Kirtley took in the baby boy the radioman had with another woman and raised him as her own.
Oh, and by the way, she’s partially blind.
“We survived,” Kirtley said Thursday in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. “My children are survivors. They know if we get a little bit that God provides, we make it into a lot. I’m a soup maker. I make potato soup and throw in a lot of vegetables and a little meat. We always ate.”
Except that Williams, who seems to be a nice guy, just wasn’t strong, wasn’t around and wasn’t contributing financially.
Kirtley had to go on the dole. “I still remember my case number,” she says ruefully. She eventually went to school and got licensed as a blind vendor.
“My mother and sisters pitched in and drove me because I can’t see to drive,” said Kirtley, now 58, over a din of some of her 16 grandchildren playing.
“They didn’t understand why he was never there for their school functions, or just to help with their homework,” she said.
“That’s when I really could have used help, because I couldn’t see their pages. My kids are really good readers, though, because I made them read everything to me out loud.”
Damn Ted, we fawks with you over here, but you left 5 kids behind for your blind and uneducated wife to raise?? That’s not gangsta Ted, not gangsta at all.
Sidenote: Ted has had a LOT of looks in his time spent on the streets, but the picture of him in that jacket says it ALL! Homie looks like a cold Detroit playa, he probably had MAD hoes! LMAO