2010-03-05 / Society

“Woody” White Williams Jr.

Woody Williams, 79, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 6:30 am. The family is accepting visitors at Mr. Williams’ home.

He was born in Greensboro, NC, on September 10, 1930, the first son of the late Melba Walker and Woodward “Wood” Williams Sr. In 1952, he graduated from UNC–Chapel Hill, summa cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma. Woody served as president of the Tau Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. On June 7, 1952, he married his sweetheart, Ingrid Winkler, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The two had met on a family owned summer retreat in the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario in 1948. He entered the U.S. Navy as an ensign and served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp, where he became a Lt. JG. During the three years he served, he was initiated a Shell–Back by crossing the equator. Also, he is a past president of Kiwanis Club, and in 1971 he was selected as Columbia’s “Boss of the Year” for W.W. Williams, Corp.

An avid golfer and gin rummy player, he was a life–long member of Forest Lake Club, where he would spend his available free time. His friends came to know him as “Whip–Wrist” because of his long, seemingly never wavering, down–the–middle drives.

Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Ingrid Winkler Williams; a brother, Charles Walker Williams Sr (Emma Howell Williams); his children: Ingrid Marilyn Williams Clark, Woodward “Woody” White Williams III (Patricia Anne Kuna); grandsons: John Francis Clark Jr (Crystal Lee Clark) and Bennett Morgan Williams. Special thanks to “WW”’s long time caregiver, Steven Adams.

The funeral service will be at 12 noon, Friday, March 5, 2010, at Washington Street United Methodist Church with interment in Elmwood Cemetery columbarium following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 534 St. Andrews Rd, Suite B, Columbia, SC 29210 or Assisted Care Services, 2700 Middleburg Dr, Suite 217, Columbia, SC 29204

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