- Originally from Newton County, Arkansas; moved to California in the 1950’s.
- Began playing bluegrass in northern California with fiddler/guitarist Ray Park. “Vern and Ray” became one of California’s most popular bluegrass acts. Broke up in 1974.
- 1981, formed The Vern Williams Band with his son Delbert. Released Bluegrass from the Gold Country (Rounder).
- Backed Rose Maddox on two albums: This Is Rose Maddox (Arhoolie) and Beautiful Bouquet (Arhoolie).
- Retired from performing in the late 1990’s due to failing health.
- 2004, released Traditional Bluegrass album (Arhoolie).
- Died in 2006.