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The Right Reverend Huntington Williams, Jr. CHARLOTTE - The Right Reverend Huntington Williams, Jr. died peacefully in the evening of January 28, 2013, at The Stewart Health Center of The Cypress of Charlotte with his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Britton Williams, at his side. He was 87. Huntington (Hunt) Williams, Jr. was born on October 27, 1925, in Albany, NY to Mary Camilla (McKim) Williams and Huntington Williams M.D. He was raised in Baltimore, MD, where his father was Baltimore City Health Commissioner. Hunt graduated from Calvert School and Gilman School, matriculated at Harvard College in 1943, and volunteered for World War II. He enlisted and served with the 87th Infantry Division in the Third Army, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped to liberate the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Infantry Badge for his service during the war. After World War II, he returned to Harvard, graduating in 1949, and entered Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA . As Episcopal priest, Hunt's first parish was St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Owings Mills, MD. He subsequently served as Assistant to the Rector of St. George's Episcopal Church in New York City and as Rector of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC. He served as the Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC from 1963 to 1990, when he was elected and consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Virginia Seminary in 1991. He retired from the Church in 1996. Bishop Williams was called to be a parish priest, and led an active pastoral ministry during the civil rights era and the period of liturgical change in the 1960s and 1970s. He was known for his compassion for his parishioners, his loyalty to the Church, and his social outreach. His life as a husband and father was one filled with kindness, laughter, and marked by unconditional love. In addition to his parish work, he was a founding Board member of Planned Parenthood of Greater Charlotte and Hospice of Charlotte. Bishop Williams was loved and supported throughout his long ministry by his wife Mary. He is also survived by his sisters Mary Camilla McKim (Richard) Wallis of Newport Beach, CA and Cynthia Ballard of Cockeysville, MD; a brother Dr. McKim Williams of Newport News, VA; four children, Sarah Britton Williams (The Rev. David Williams) of Elon, NC, Huntington (Debra) Williams III of Baltimore, MD, Samuel Wells (Karen) Williams of Sitka, AK, and Thomas Comer (Laura) Williams of Fairview and Charlotte, NC. Hunt and Mary celebrate their ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Abra) Williams, Lissa (Carl) Gupton, Britton (Stephanie) Williams, Sommer Chatwin, Samantha Williams, Christopher Williams, Bridger Williams, Mary Williams, Huntington Williams IV, and Caroline Williams; and four great-grandchildren, Peter Williams, Thomas Gupton, Madison Williams, and Sam Gupton. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, February 1, at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte. Officiants include The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, The Rev. Chip Edens, The Rev. Lisa Saunders and The Rev. Wilson Carter. A private interment will be at 10 AM in the St. Peter's Episcopal Church Memorial Garden with The Rev. Ollie Rencher officiating. Memorials may be offered to the St. Peter's Episcopal Church Endowment, 115 West 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or Hospice of Charlotte, 1410 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. TH Robertson Funeral Service Lic. is serving the family www.throbertson.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2013.
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March 16, 2013
I was sorry to hear of the passing of Hunt. He was so pivotal in my life and that of my family. The first time I met him, my husband Chuck Arena asked how he would like to be addressed. He said “My friends call me Hunt.”
We had our marriage blessed in an intimate setting by Hunt after a civil service at the courthouse.
He gave us great advice on my daughter Nicole, during her teen years. Hunt told me that “No independence was ever won without a rebellion.” How right he was. Nicole has recently finished 2 years at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte, learning how to teach the bible. She loved Hunt so. Nicole grew up with him as her rector.
I want you to know Mary, and your family that this man showed he was a true man of God. He shared so much of himself to whoever needed it. You could see the love of Christ in his eyes as he served Communion. We really missed you all when you left. There was a hole in our hearts.
Chuck has since passed away after a 5-year battle with melanoma. I am now, happily married to a Mr. Roy Patrick.
Even though I have been sick for the past 32 years, I wouldn't change a thing. God made me trust that the next step would be there; even if it was dark and I couldn't see the step. Hunt started me on my spiritual path and was a wonderful example. He had a brilliant mind and a great wit. I will be forever grateful to the God of all Wisdom for drawing us to St. Peters and in turn Hunt.
With my deepest sympathy,
Renae Savage
Renae
March 2, 2013
Words cannot express the pain in your hearts, but know that God is greater than anything that brings us pain and suffering. He promises that soon he will satisfy all proper desires, especially our desire to see our dear loved ones again. Psalm 145:16
A. Smith
February 16, 2013
Bizzy and I are sad to hear of Hunt's death. He and Mary were role models for us, and we are grateful to have known them both. May he rest in peace, and may Mary be comforted.
John Lane
February 16, 2013
Wells,

So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a great guy; I always enjoyed talking to him. Take care,
Julie Haigler Cubeta
February 15, 2013
I served as assistant to Hunt '82-'86 at St. Peter's. He was mentor, friend, guide, and prod. A wonderful man. I am so grateful for all he gave, to so many.
Victor Mansfield
February 14, 2013
Mary, Tom, Wells, and the rest of the Williams family:
I am deeply saddened to learn
about the loss of your loved one. I remember him with great admiration. May the fondest of memories of HUNT help you through the difficult days ahead.
Allan Anderson
February 3, 2013
We celebrate the life of Hunt Williams with respect and joy. Hunt married Robert and I in 1971 at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte NC. The hours he spent with us in counseling prior to our marriage were both enlightening and soul searching. We were very young, 21 and 19, but by the time for our wedding, we were prepared to take the commitment that has lasted over 40 years. Thanks be to God for Hunt Williams
Kay and Robert Surles
February 2, 2013
What privilege it was to participate at Hunt's service yesterday and see how many people held him in such high respect and affection. An additional treat was meeting the remarkable Williams clan... wonderful folk !!
Wilson R Carter
February 1, 2013
Tom & family - Your dad accomplished much in his life. We send our thoughts and condolences to all of you.
Beth Corzine
January 31, 2013
My condolences to you all.
Julia Gassaway
January 31, 2013
With sincere sympathy and fond memories of a unique person.
Oleen McLeod
January 30, 2013
Mary, I have so many fond memories of you and Hunt. He was a great priest and pastoral bishop. I remember well going to him as a mentor while I was in Concord and he was always there for me when I needed someone. Donna and I will remember him and you in our prayers and thoughts over the weeks to come. I know he is rejoicing in the church triumphant!
Yours,
Bob and Donna
Bob Sessum
January 30, 2013
Mary and family--the world is a better place because Hunt was a part of it. What a sweetheart. Corinne Hendrix
January 30, 2013
Peace be with you
Beth
January 30, 2013
During one of his annual visits to Greensboro's Holy Spirit, Hunt arrived wearing Madras Bermuda shorts, Polo Shirt and Deck Shoes. I asked him
if he wanted to change before he preached and celebrated, he said "No thanks. The Vestments will cover just fine." To me this is an example of what a fun and happy guy Hunt was, and now is, in God's blessed Kingdom.
Bob Emmaus
January 30, 2013
I have such fond memories of Hunt growing up at St. Peter's during his time serving our church! I will always consider him an inspiration to me during my spiritual upbringing. I am proud to be an Episcopalian and a member of St. Peter's Church my whole life. Rest in peace Hunt!
Logan Smith
January 30, 2013
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