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Dr. Merrell Williams, Jr.

January 26, 1941 - November 18, 2013

Ocean Springs, MS

Dr. Merrell Williams, Jr. was born January 26, 1941 in Monroe, LA. Dr. Williams was an actor, playwright, and professor by trade though he gained notoriety in the 1990's as the first tobacco whistleblower. He was honored in 1998 by the Gleitsman Foundation Citizen Activist Award and in 1997 with the Joe Callaway Award for Civic Courage for his work fighting Big Tobacco. He has been profiled and honored as a hero in many books and news articles both in national press and abroad, including two recent documentaries by Canal Plus in France. Dr. Merrell Williams, Jr. passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013 in Ocean Springs, MS at the age of 72.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Merrell Sr. and Peggy Williams; his sister, Sandra Williams; and his grandson, Sawyer.

He is survived by his wife Christina; daughters Jennifer and Sarah, and five grandchildren.

A private service for Dr. Williams was held in his honor.


Published in The Sun Herald on Nov. 24, 2013
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