William Williams

Hamilton County

David WilliamsWilliam David Williams passed away on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, after a prolonged illness.Born Aug. 30, 1921, to Frederick Albert and Inez Peterson Williams in Tulsa, Okla., David grew up in Ferguson, Mo., then moved with his family to Lakeland, Fla. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served four years, during which time he was selected for the V12 program and sent to officers training school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. After honorable discharge from the Navy, David completed his bachelors degree in naval science and then received a masters degree in Christian Education at Emory University in Atlanta. David worked for the YMCA in Virginia and North Carolina for 10 years, then relocated to Chattanooga, where he became a high school teacher in physics, chemistry, biology and natural science for many years. He was an active member of Brainerd United Methodist Church while in Chattanooga and was heavily involved in mission work, including 13 trips to the Choctaw Mission in Philadelphia, Miss. After retirement from the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Public School System, he eventually relocated to Moscow, Tenn., for the last 12 years of his life, and he became a member of Collierville United Methodist Church.David is survived by his wife of 62 years, Emily Ann Reid Williams; his three sons and their wives, Williams Reid and Anne Lasley Williams, of Knoxville, James Warren and Regina Thompson Williams, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Frederick David and Denise Denny Williams, of Moscow, Tenn.; his sister, Ann Williams Stone, of Wichita, Kan.; nine grandchildren, James Edward (Marie) Williams, Warren Christopher Williams, Emily Kathryn (Zane) Seals, Andrew David Williams, Amy Hope Williams, Warren David Williams, Jonathan Reid Williams, Virginia Kate Williams and Rebecca Lynn Williams; and one great-grandchild.Visitation is noon today, Feb. 27, until funeral services begin at 2 p.m. all at Collierville Funeral Home, 534 W. Poplar, Collierville, TN 38017.Burial includes a graveside service at 1 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Forest Hill Cemetery in Chattanooga.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in memory of David be donated to Collierville United Methodist Church, 454 West Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN 38017.

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