EMBRY W. WILLIAMS Jr.

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E.W. Williams, Jr AMARILLO-E.W. Williams, Jr., of Amarillo died peacefully at his home on Saturday morning, May 3, 2014. The only child of rancher Embry W. and Charlotte S. (Martin) Williams, E.W. was born on May 19, 1927, at Post, Texas. He spent his early years living with his parents at their ranch near Post in Garza County. The family moved into Post when he was seven, and he continued school there until high school. He spent his high school years at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, completed training in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, and graduated in 1945 as Sergeant Major of the Corps. With World War II drawing to a close, that same year he received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, and then continued his education at Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance at SMU in 1949, E. W. began his career as Assistant Cashier at the First National Bank in Grapevine, Texas. He married his college sweetheart, Mary Anne Morrison of Dallas, on Feb. 18, 1950, and the following year the first of their two sons was born. He was then an Assistant National Bank Examiner for the U. S. Treasury, and concurrently completed the curriculum of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, graduating in 1953. He joined the First National Bank in Lubbock as Assistant Cashier later that year, and subsequently became vice-president and director. In 1956 he graduated from the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, and around this time he also earned his pilot's license. In 1961 he became president/CEO and director of Citizens National Bank in Lubbock, and later chairman of the board. During his years in Lubbock, he also became involved as a director, organizer, or officer in additional banking and other business and trade organizations, including the First National Bank in Post, the Idalou State Bank, T.I.M.E. Motor Freight, Hale County State Bank (HCSB) in Plainview and Citizens State Bank in Slaton, Texas, Citizens State Bank in Springer, N.M., the South Plains and Texas Bankers Associations. In 1969 the Williams family moved to Amarillo when E.W. joined the Amarillo National Bank, where he became executive vice-president and vice-chairman of the Board. During and after his years with Amarillo National, he continued serving as chairman of the Board at both HCSB in Plainview and Citizens Bank in Slaton, which progressively expanded to serve numerous communities in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, and Hill Country and in 2013 merged to form Centennial Bank. In 1986 he became an officer and director of the First National Bank of New Mexico in Clayton. That same year he became involved with the Coyote Lake Feedyard in Muleshoe, Texas, where he served as chairman. Between 1986 and 2000 he also served as a director of Furr's/Bishop's, Inc., based in Lubbock, and from 1984 to 2000 as director and chairman of the Bank of Commerce in McLean, Texas. In 1974, he helped organize the Independent Bankers' Association of Texas (IBAT), and served as a director of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. A Mason since 1958 (York Rite Knight Templar, Shrine and 32nd degree Scottish Rite), he volunteered his time and expertise to numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the SMU and Texas Tech Foundations, American Red Cross, YMCA and Boy Scouts, PTA, Rotary, the Lubbock Mental Health Center and County Society for Crippled Children, St. Mary's Hospital and the First Methodist Church in Lubbock, and the Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo. In 1970 he was named to the Amarillo Hospital District's Board of Managers, and during the next few years he spearheaded the District's bond campaign to fund construction of a new facility to replace the aging Northwest Texas Hospital. After the bond issue passed, due largely to his leadership in the campaign, E.W. was named Man of the Year for 1976 by the Amarillo Globe News. He remained on the Board of Managers until 1982, and served as its chairman from 1978 to 1981. During his tenure the present Northwest Texas Hospital facility at the Harrington Medical Center was planned and constructed, and began serving Amarillo and the surrounding area. In 1996, the E. W. Williams, Jr. / Centennial Bank Chair in Finance at Texas Tech University was endowed. To his many friends and business associates he was known to be fair, loyal, and honorable, qualities he associated with the phrase, always taking the high road. Character, E.W. was fond of saying, is such that, when you agree to do something, you then do what you've agreed to, without exception. Sometimes he would add, even if you don't profit from it. Mary Anne predeceased E.W. in February of 2013, after over sixty years of marriage. They are survived by son, E. W. Williams, III, of Dallas; son, J. David Williams and his wife, Amanda Barfield Williams of Kerrville; six grandchildren, including Rebecca Whitaker and her husband, Andrew Whitaker of Miami, Fla., Liz Keator and husband, Mark Keator of Lubbock, Lindsay Williams of Austin, Chelsea Williams of London, England, Hillary Williams of San Antonio, and James Williams of Lubbock; and two great-grandchildren, Laney and Emmie Keator of Lubbock. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 South Polk Street in Amarillo under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home (4100 So. Georgia in Amarillo). The Reverend Dr. Burt Palmer, Senior Pastor of the Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo will officiate. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas. The family requests that memorials in honor of E.W. be sent to the Mary Anne and E. W. Williams, Jr. Endowment for Parkinson's Disease Research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St., Mail Stop 6238, Lubbock TX, 79430.


Funeral Home
Schooler Funeral Home
4100 S Georgia St Amarillo, TX 79110
(806) 352-2727
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 6, 2014
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