Charles Cole Williams of Dana Point, CA passed away on July 15, 2012, from pancreatic cancer. Mr. Williams was born on October 22, 1938, in Alto, Texas. Cole grew up in Nederland, Texas, where he played fours years of high school football under the direction of coach Bum Phillips. In 1956, the Bulldogs played in the state finals, earning Cole All- State honors. Cole was valedictorian of his graduating high school class at Nederland High School and received his Bachelor's degrees in chemical and mechanical engineering from Texas A & M University. Cole was a successful executive and 35 year employee of the internationally re- known Fluor Corporation, which was previously based in Irvine, CA. In addition to his international travel, Mr. Williams was an avid classic car collector and a member of local Jaguar Owners Clubs. He and his wife, Melanie Williams (d. August 2007), also owned Rococo Antiques in San Juan Capistrano. Mr. Williams was a supporter of many local and national charities and was very involved in his grand- children's activities including baseball games and equestrian competitions. At the time of his death, Cole was surrounded by his only child, Melissa Beck, her children, Jacqueline and Alexander Beck, and son-in-law, Bruce Beck of Aliso Viejo, CA, as well as his only brother, Dr. F. Lynn Williams of Dallas, Texas. Celebration of Life services, in Cole's honor, were held on July 21, at El Adobe De Capistrano, in San Juan Capistrano, at noon. Funeral services will be held on August 4, 2012, 11:00 a.m., at Broussards Mortuary in Nederland. Mr. Williams will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Melanie, at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, in Port Neches, Texas. Donations can be sent to the
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 29, 2012