SYLVANIA, Ga. - Billie Walter Williams, 82, of Sylvania, Georgia was received by God on Thursday afternoon, May 14, 2015 at Hilton Head Hospital. Born at Telfair Memorial in Savannah, on June 14, 1932, he was the son of the late Walter Williams and the late Edell Boston Williams. He was particularly proud of being born on Flag Day and took great joy in celebrating it each year. An exceptional academic, Billie graduated from the Georgia Teachers College with honors in 1952 at what is now the esteemed Georgia Southern University. He then attended Graduate School at The University of Georgia, where he served as a Teacher's Assistant in Chemistry and Tutor for the Athletic Department. After graduation he worked for Hunt-Wesson Foods in Savannah. Billie was part of the team of scientists that developed the first margarine available to the baking industry. Later Hunt's transferred him to South Port Paints on the Savannah River, where he advanced from chemist to General Manager. In time, Billie relocated to Tampa, Florida, where he was employed by Devoe Paints, and developed crop black to replace the black plastic being used by strawberry and tomato farmers at the time. He retired after working many years as Chemical Expert with Majimac Chemicals. Billie was a board member of the Southern Society for Coatings Technology for 40 years, and twice served as President. Last year, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for over 50 years of service. In his younger years he was an active member of The Lions Club in Savannah. Billie was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he served on the church counsel for many years before moving to Tampa. In Tampa he served as a Board member of Grace Lutheran Church. Billie was a member of the Tampa Bay Georgia Bulldogs Club. He loved to playing golf and watching Georgia Football. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Maureen (Scott) Williams of Sylvania; his son, Richard Williams (Tracey) of Hilton Head and his daughter, Page Smoak (Tommy) of Savannah; his grandchildren, Scott Evans, Elli Evans, MaryPage Evans, Olivia Williams, Alexa Williams, Tatum Williams, CeCi Williams, Erin Stanley (Danny); great-grand children, Liam and Hannah McCoy and Eden and Landry Stanley, Zachery Williams and Aden Strickland; also numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Ashley Strickland. Visitation will be Sunday May 17, 2015, from 1:00-2:00pm to be followed with a service at 2:00pm at Buck Creek Church in Sylvania, GA, with the Rev. Pete Wall and The Rev. Dr. Karen R. Zeigler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Buck Creek Church, 2508 Buck Creek Rd. Sylvania, GA Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home of Sylvania is in charge of all arrangements. (www.thompson-strickland-waters.com)
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on May 16, 2015