MOUNT VERNON - Family and friends bid a final farewell to Mount Vernon native and former New York Knicks guard Ray Williams at his funeral this morning.

The 58-year-old Williams had been battling colon cancer and passed away last Friday.

Last night at the Allen Memorial Church, mourners, including Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, paid their respects. Some of his former teammates say despite his diagnosis, Williams fought a brave battle and kept a positive outlook. "Super heart, fun, serious, had hard times, but he would have given you the shirt off his back," says former Los Angeles Laker William Earl Tatum.

Williams was honored by the city of Mount Vernon back in 2005 as his jersey was put into the city's Hall of Fame.