Obit: Daniel Williams

Obit: Daniel Williams

July 12th, 2019 in Obituaries
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Daniel Newton Williams, Jr., 90, died June 4, at Health Care of Alexian Bros., Signal Mountain, Tenn. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Daniel Newton Williams and Frances Blair Williams, and by his sister Dr. Carol Williams. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Hays Williams; his sons William Ball Hedrick, Christopher Marr Williams (Terri Anne) and grandson, Thomas Stone Williams. Dan graduated from the Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1946, and from Georgia Institute of Technology, from which he received a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was proud of the fact that he worked his way through Georgia Tech on their “co-op” plan, alternating classes with work at Chattanooga Boiler and Tank Co. Upon his graduation he worked at the Tank Co. for the next 25 years, becoming Vice President in charge of sales. After resigning from that post, he formed his own one-man company, working as a sales representative for a number of different products, finally retiring at age 70. Dan was a man of many interests. For over 55 he sailed and raced a Snipe class sailboat out of Privateer Yacht Club on Chickamauga Lake. Dan served the Snipe Class International Racing Association as District 4 Governor, as International Commodore, and for many years as head of the Rules Committee. In that capacity he traveled the world checking on the legality of boats at hemisphere and world championships. For many years he rowed a single scull on the river out of the Lookout Rowing Club. He also repaired the local “shells” throughout the city. He particularly enjoyed knowing the US Women’s multi-oared team of the ’96 Olympics which trained at the LRC. Three different shells were named for him through the years. As an original investor in the Chattanooga Choo Choo, his name remains on one of the Pullman cars there. Dan was a soaring pilot for over 30 years duration, attaining “Diamond” distance, altitude, and duration awards from the Soaring Society of America. As an ardent “birder,” Dan traveled long distances in pursuit of this interest, eventually visiting all seven continents. Even when trips did not have that specific aim, he always had his “bird books” with him. Dan and Joan were the second couple married at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, and Dan remained active in the parish. He served on the Vestry and was an usher for over 40 years at his favorite early service. He was a faithful member of his Sunday School class and enjoyed the Men’s Book Club meetings. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mtn. on Saturday July 13. Visitation will be at St. Timothy’s in the Parish Hall with the service following at 3 p.m. in the Nave. Interment will be in the St. Timothy’s Memory Garden. Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Timothy’s, the Sailing Educational Fund of the Privateer Yacht Club, PO Box 1041, Hixson, Tenn. 37343, the Baylor School, or the Lookout Rowing Club. Arrangements are by Cremation Center of Chattanooga 1345 Hickory Valley Rd. (423) 362-5999.