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William T. "Bill" Williams

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William T. 'Bill' Williams passed away on May 17, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born December 1, 1921 to Edgar and Gertrude Williams in Columbus, Ohio then moved to Bradenton when he was two years of age. There he attended grade school at Biltmore now known as Manatee High school. He then moved to West Virginia where he completed high school and college. He joined the USAAF in 1942 serving in the Asian Theatre and the Korean War. After an honorable separation from the USAF he began his distinguishing career as a corporate pilot for the Pure Oil Company And the Northern Electric Company. In 1965 he started Barnacle Bill's Marine Center in Bradenton which later moved to Palmetto. His career also included being a charter member of the Manatee Co. Marine Association Highway Patrol Auxiliary and as a Deputy Sheriff was instrumental in creating and operating the first Manatee Co. Sheriff's Marine Patrol Division. He was a member of the American Legion and the Palmetto Elks Lodge. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gwendolyn (Ihrie) Williams; son, Brian T. Williams (Pat); daughters Tana L. Oglesby (David) and Trudy L. Miller (Ric); 5 Grandchildren Beau Williams, Lacy Williams Stoval, William Eklund, Bruce and Brad Ogelsby and 5 great grandchildren. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the or St. Jude Children's Foundation.

Published in The Bradenton Herald on May 23, 2013
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