Richard Warren Williams M.D.
1951 - 2016
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Richard W. Williams, MD

Dr. Richard Warren Williams, age 65, died on October 19, 2016 after a valiant fight that only a man of his character could endure. He was beloved and respected by his family, friends and colleagues for a life defined by deep intelligence, passion and integrity.

Memorial services will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 908 Rutherford Street in Shreveport, Louisiana, at 10 AM, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The family will be receiving and visiting with friends at 9 AM in the Cathedral parlor.

Dick was born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 6, 1951, though he lived the majority of his life in Shreveport. A psychiatrist well-known both statewide and in the broader region, Dr. Williams graduated in the third class of Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport (MD, 1976); concluding with a psychiatric residency in 1979.

To use the word "concluding", however, in regard to Dick Williams' education would misrepresent his professional career, both as a general psychiatrist and most notably as a forensic psychiatrist. He received professional recognition as a pioneer in addiction medicine, including a publication in Current Therapeutic Research. Dick's medical career in Shreveport was extensive and impactful. He was Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Units at P&S Hospital, Charter Forest Hospital, Brentwood Hospital and North Louisiana Regional Hospital. Other positions held include Chief of Staff at Charter Forest Hospital, Deputy Coroner for Caddo Parish and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSU School of Medicine.

Dick believed in medicine as both an art and a science. He possessed an intellectual curiosity that enabled him to isolate a problem, analyze it and suggest a solution for each individual. This was evident by his care and compassion for his patients in private practice. His influence will be felt in this city for years to come.

Quite apart from Dick's career accomplishments, his greatest pride and joy was his family. He lived for and cherished their times spent together.

Dick was predeceased by his father, Warren Shiloh Williams. He is survived by his mother Mary Ann Nash Williams and by his devoted wife, Michelle Chapman Williams. Also surviving are his loving daughters; Nicole Gross, Hilary Elberson and CeCe Hilliard, together with their husbands, Bo Gross, Jon Elberson and John Hilliard.

Dick's grandchildren, whom he adored, are Avery, Olivia and Andrew Gross; Elizabeth Elberson; and Frances Hilliard.

Dick is also survived by his siblings; Mary Grant (Tommy), Nancy Wilson (James) and John Williams (Roxanne), along with his nieces and nephews, all of whom he was equally proud.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Shreveport Fire Department and the University Health Intensive Care Burn Unit staff. Appreciation is extended to Bobbie and Ozzie Collins for their 25 years of loyalty and devotion.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2016.
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October 17, 2019
Wow I cant believe its been 3 years!!! He was the best doctor ever and I havent been able to find one like him!!! Love you and thinking of you guys!!! I know his legacy lives on with you!!!
Lauren Clayborn
January 4, 2017
My belated condolences to Dr. Williams's family.
I heard of injuries soon after they happened, but
of his death just today. I'm sorry to learn of his
loss. I enjoyed working with him. I always felt that he gave a straightforward evaluation of my clients,whether positive or negative that helped me immensely. He will be missed. RIP Dr. Williams.

Kurt J. Goins
Shreveport, Louisiana
November 20, 2016
This man was, at one time, my idol. I love Dr. Williams and will remember the great times we had, which were many. I Love you. And Michelle I love you too, and I know you are strong!
chaz warren
November 14, 2016
Dr Williams was a wonderful man who really helped me, my wife and my children during one of the toughest times of our lives. I will forever for grateful that he can into our lives. Rest In Peace.
Brian Carr
October 27, 2016
He was Mr. President to me and a great friend. He will be sorely missed.
Beverly Hollis
October 26, 2016

I am so sorry for your lose. Dr. Williams is such a great man. I enjoyed working for him all the years I did. He talked about you and the girls all the time. There is no doubt that his family meant so much to him. May God watch over you and your family.
Stephanie Pritchard
October 25, 2016
Rest In Peace sir, well done!!!
October 25, 2016
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My fondest memories in my nursing career are working alongside Dick and was blessed to have had that opportunity. He has touched many lives. God Bless you.
Madonna Siepman
Madonna Siepman
October 25, 2016
I am coming out of the closet at age 55. I have clinical depression, Yep, even been hospitalized a couple of times to deal with it. Only a few people know because I smile a lot, and always try my best to be kind and fun to be around. It is what it is.
Last year when Mom and Dad died a week apart, I could feel myself spiraling and therefore i sought help from my wonderful physician, Dr. Cassiere. He set me up with his very good friend, Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Williams. He was definitely one of the best people to ever enter my life!@ He taught me much safer coping mechanisms rather than speeding while listening to Aerosmith :) More than anything, Dr. Williams explained the neurological side of depression and assured me that I was much more "normal" than I believed.
Over the past year, he has coached me on many of life's lessons. We developed a mutual respect and I came to know him not only as a professional,but as someone I could call a friend.
Before his accident, our last session was on how I had to learn to stand up more for myself and that I too had feelings that mattered just as much as anyone else's.
On Wednesday, I will attend this great man's funeral. I am grieving profoundly, but ironically, due to his influence, I will grieve in a healthy way. I sincerely ask for prayers for his family. He talked about them with such pride.
While I hope that I haven't offended anyone or embarrassed any friends or family, I do not retract my post. These are my truest feelings and my best way to honor Dr. Williams. He helped me know that clinical depression is as real of a disease as my diabetes. Unfortunately, there is a stigma with depression. If you need help, I public ally encourage you to get it. I never knew it was indeed possible to feel as happy and fulfilled as I have of late. I attribute that to Dr. Dick Williams. You made a difference in my life, Sir. Rest in God's arms.

My facebook post on Sunday, October 23, 2016
Cindy Bickham
October 25, 2016
Cindy Bickham
October 25, 2016
Michelle, I'm truly sorry to hear about Dick. I just want you to know I'm thinking of you and your family. May God grant you all peace during this sadden time.
Junot Dixon
October 25, 2016
Michelle, we are so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We know the Lord will give you the strength to move forward. Keep the Faith and know we are praying for you and all the family. With love and sympathy ...Drew and Joe Farr
October 25, 2016
Dear Michelle,

Katherine and I are so sorry to hear of Richard's passing! Just know you now have your own personal angel looking down upon you taking care of you. Take care and I hope you, Mike and the rest of your family are doing well. Katherine and I have you all in our prayers.

Brad and Katherine Way
Brad and Katherine Way
October 24, 2016
Michelle, deepest sympathy for your loss. Dick was a giant in the medico-legal field and his contributions were invaluable. Prayers for the peaceful repose of his soul. May our loving God give you strength and peace in this difficult time.
Milton Moore
October 24, 2016
Dr. Williams was a talented, kind, and compassionate man who helped many in need. He was always willing to lend his ear and brilliant mind to help others. He will be sorely missed by many in this community.
Clint Bowers
October 23, 2016
Kind thoughts are with the family in your time of grief. May fond memories bring you comfort during these difficult days. Psalms 9: 9, 10
October 23, 2016
Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Dick helped a lot of people. I smile when I think back about our work together. May your memories comfort you and bring you peace.
Tina Feldt Davis
October 23, 2016
michelle, my heart breaks for you....take care of yourself and your prayers and God's arms are wrapped around you you ....rhelda
rhelda nolan
October 22, 2016
Dearest Michelle, Everyday I still want his warmth, compassion,laughter,sense of humor and his unique brilliance, Such a MAN rarely walks this earth. I know how deeply he loved you and his family by the grace that covered his face when you were mentioned. I've so wanted to offer my help through this, but didn't want to interfere.. PRAYERS FLOATED THROUGH THIS CITY. He saved my life, my family's calm returned. He easily diagnosed my situation iafter 2 sessions, after 10 years with many other Dr.s. If I may, you were blessed to stand by his side in life. There will never be one like Dick again. I am so sorry what he had to endure for these many weeks. If I can be of any, any service please know I'll be there .

My deepest love and Sympathy,

Patricia Teekell
October 22, 2016
Dr. Williams was like no other. He always made me feel like a million bucks and that I could do anything I put my mind to. I loved him so much! So sad to hear about his lose but I know hes in a better place now. thinking and praying for you all during this hard hard time.
Lauren Clayborn
October 22, 2016
Dick was my roommate at LSU-Baton Rouge for three years. We somehow connected there not knowing each other in Shreveport. We lost touch over the years as life happens but reconnected more than a year ago when I was in town seeing my ailing parents. It was like we had never been apart. So much fun to reminisce and catch up. A class person in so many ways.
I am truly devastated by this news. I pray for the family and Dick's Mom and sister Mary that I remember from our times past. This really hurts to lose a gifted man way too early.
Alan Koelemay
October 22, 2016
Michelle and family, my heart is broken. I still cannot believe it. I have and will continue to pray for God to wrap his arms around you.
Pam Smith
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