Anthony "David" Williams
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Anthony "David" Williams, 69, of Madison, MS passed away on November 13, 2012, after a private aircraft accident.
He was born in Laurel, MS to the late H.F. and Annelle Williams on January 18, 1943. David graduated from Ellisville High School in 1961, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1965, and graduated from US Air Force Pilot Training in 1966.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years and love of his life, Carol, of Madison, MS; and a sister, Jan Taylor, and her husband Frank, of Laurel, MS. He is also survived by a son, Chad David Williams and his wife, Carla, of Marietta, GA; and a daughter, Gina Williams Boykin and her husband, Paul, of Madison, MS, and five grandchildren: Reed, Catherine, and John David Williams of Marietta, GA ; and Lauren and Claire Boykin of Madison, MS.
David worked full-time for 38 years for Mississippi Power Company in various engineering and executive roles until he retired in 2004. His longest tenure was as District Manager in Hattiesburg, MS, from 1981 to 1995. David was well regarded as a leader who deeply cared for both his employees and customers. He received many corporate awards for his district's exemplary level of customer service. David served part-time as an officer in the Mississippi Air National Guard in Meridian, MS, from 1966 to 1975, where he piloted both RF-84 and RF-101 fighter jets. In 1975, he transferred to the Air Force Reserve at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, where he flew the WC-130 aircraft as a Hurricane Hunter until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1991. He served an active role in the US Civil Air Patrol as a former squadron commander of the Singing River Squadron. Most recently he was a certified FAA flight instructor and Chief of Standardization/Evaluation for the Mississippi Wing. David was a past President of the following organizations: Mississippi Industrial Development Council, Forrest County Industrial Development Council, Forrest County Industrial Park Commission, Hattiesburg Rotary Club, Meridian Jaycees, and Ocean Springs Optimist Club. David served as a Deacon at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS (including Deacon Chairman), and First Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. He was most recently an active member and Sunday School teacher at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, MS.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Building Fund of Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, MS.
A visitation will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM Friday and at 11:15 AM Saturday at Colonial Heights Baptist Church. The memorial service will be held at Colonial Heights Baptist Church at 12 Noon Saturday, followed by a graveside service at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg, MS, at 3:30 PM.
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Nov. 16, 2012