Richard Barry Williams

Richard Barry Williams, 79, of Gainesville, Ga., died peacefully in his home April 6, 2013.

A native of Atlanta, he graduated from North Fulton High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from The University of Georgia, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Upon graduation, he joined the promotion department at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and later worked in the Sunday department. Dick joined Atlanta Magazine and also worked freelance for the Atlanta newspapers as Arts and Music Editor. He held several positions in advertising and public relations agencies. Dick rejoined Atlanta Magazine and became Managing Editor, and later was named Public Relations Director of the International Association of Financial Planners.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former, Carolyn Yon; children, Lisa and Richard Shunnarah, Atlanta; Suzanne Preston Williams, Smyrna; Matthew Green Williams, Gainesville, Ga.; and Andrew Cooper Williams and wife, Allison, Hilton Head, S.C. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Alexander and Olivia Williams, Hilton Head, S.C.; and Rachel Shunnarah, Atlanta.

The family wishes to extend most gracious thanks to our special friend, Barbara Wilkins, and the staff of Gentiva Hospice.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Dick Williams will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 431 Washington St., Gainesville, Ga., Friday, April 12. 2013, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Dean Taylor and the Rev. Alison Schultz officiating. A celebration reception will be immediately following the service in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville, GA 30501, and specify "Good News at Noon" or "Friends of Music," or Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 7801 Mesquite Bend Drive, Suite 105, Irving, TX 75063.

Those wishing to make online condolences may do so at

Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, S.W., Gainesville, GA 30501, is in charge of arrangements.

Little & Davenport, Gainesville

Funeral Home

Little-Davenport Funeral Home
355 Dawsonville Highway Southwest Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 534-5201

Published in on Apr. 9, 2013