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WILLIAMS, Charles I. USAF Lt. Col. (Ret.) The final taps for USAF Lt. Col. (Ret.) Charles I. Williams sounded September 22, 2013 at the Dayton V. A. Center. He was born October 6, 1916 in Hagerstown, Maryland to Silas Roger and Anna Williams. When he was three years old, his family moved to Lima, Ohio, and he attended Lima Public Schools. After Graduating from Central High School in 1938, he enrolled at UCLA majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. Two years later, he withdrew and accepted an appointment to the Aviation Cadet Flying Training Program at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. Upon completion of this program, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps as a fighter pilot. C.I. retired from the United States Air Force after 23 years of honorable service in 1966. He then worked at the National Cash Register Company for many years. Some of his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with (4) four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Congressional Gold Medal, which he donated to the Afro American Museum at Wilberforce, Ohio. As a Command Pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen he had approximately 8,000 flying hours. Before his demise, he was the oldest living of the original Tuskegee Airmen. His memberships included Tabernacle Baptist Church, Tuskegee Airmen Inc., Ohio Memorial Chapter, Trustee Emeritus of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Lima City Schools Hall of Fame, The National Alliance of Business Men, Dayton Boys Club Trustee Emeritus, and he was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the NAACP. C.I. was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Roger and Randall Williams, sister-in-law, Amanda Williams. He is survived by his wife, Grace; Son, Charles I. Williams Jr. (Ginger) of Hillsborough, N.C.; grandchildren Monique J. Williams, Wilmington, N.C., LCPL Charles I. Williams III, Korea, and Tanesa Mourad (Mashhour) Beverly Hills, California; goddaughter, Alma (Lawrence) Clarke. Service will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 380 S. Broadway St.; Reverend Dr. Earnest E. Graves, pastor. Alpha Phi Alpha service at 10:30 a.m.; family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the noon service with Bishop Donald J. Washington, Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio officiating. Interment will be at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date. The Williams family would like to thank Dr. Charles P. Wood and the staff of W.P.A.F.B. Medical Center for their care and dedication. We are also deeply thankful to the Oaks of West Kettering and the Dayton V.A. Hospice Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tabernacle Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.
Published in Dayton Daily News from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2013