Seon Williams was born and raised in the Champaign‐Urbana area and graduated from Urbana High School in 1987. He is one of twenty-two children born to Roline Brumfield. He has lost a total of 10 brothers to either death or incarceration. His answer to the destruction he witnessed was to escape to the U.S. Military, where he earned an honorable discharge as E‐4 Promotable. After his military stint, he worked for large companies before pursuing his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. He obtained his Cosmetology License from Concept School of Cosmetology in 1999. With Monyeil Antonio Turner he founded The Whip Hair Design. Three years later, he founded The Whip Cafe ʺWith A Taste Of Soulʺ by drawing on his culinary skills. He recently opened Williamsʹ Memorial Service, Ltd., a funeral home founded by Robert Hambrick in 1996. In his community leadership he focused on economic outreach for the North End Community and finding solutions to break the cycle of poverty that grips this area.

Seon was featured in Difference Makers 2010: An eBlack Champaign-Urbana Publication.