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David Ashton Williams Jr.

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MT. ARLINGTON - David Ashton Williams Jr., 72, formerly of Byram, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Born Oct. 10, 1941, in Dover, David graduated with both undergraduate and MBA degrees from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. He worked as a corporate helicopter pilot with Citigroup, retiring in 2008.

David was a 28-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Army Air National Guard. David served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam as a medevac pilot and upon returning from overseas, served as a presidential helicopter commander in Marine Helicopter Squadron One, The Presidential Helicopter Squadron in Quantico, Va. Captain Williams received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Service Commendation Award, the Presidential Unit Citation and 19 Air Medals.

While living in Byram, David was involved in the community, coaching in the Andover Arrows Midget Football League and Hobb Engler Little League. David was a 20-year member of the Byram Township Fire Department. He was a member and past commandant of the Sussex County Marine Corps League, Jeffrey S. Patterson Detachment 747, and also a past District 9 vice commandant for the State of N.J.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Helen; two children, David (Stacey), of North Carolina, and Lori Azar-Hmouda (Michél), of Texas; his four grandchildren, Katelynn, Ashton, Theo and Maia; sisters-in-law, Mickey Ostheimer, of North Carolina, and Betty Simanek, of Indiana; his dear Aunt Jean, of Davenport, Iowa; and several cousins, extended family and friends.

David's life celebration will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, from the funeral home (leaving at 9 a.m.) to a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Good Shepherd R.C. Church, Route 517, Andover. Interment will follow at Locust Hill Cemetery, Dover.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The Marine Corps League, Jeffrey S. Patterson Detachment 747, PO Box 332, Stockholm, NJ 07460; or The Byram Township Fire Department, 225 Route 206, Andover, NJ 07821.

Online condolences may be offered at www.BerminghamFH.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Mar. 2, 2014
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