Williams

CAMERON—Douglas Lennett Williams, 84, of Buckholts died Monday, June 11, 2018, surrounded by family.

Services were held Saturday, June 16, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron. Interment was at Hope Lutheran Memorial Park.

Mr. Williams was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Milam County to Elmer and Jewel (nee: Baskin) Williams.

He spent his early life in the Buckholts community, graduating valedictorian from Buckholts High School in 1952, and going to work for Burroughs Adding Machine Co. in Fort Worth.

On April 11, 1953, he married Virginia Winfrey, in a double wedding ceremony in Sharp.

Following marriage, Mr. Williams was inducted into the 82nd Division 325 Airborne Infantry Regiment and moved to North Carolina to begin his military service.

Upon his honorable discharge as a master sergeant, he returned to Texas and began a distinguished career in business.

Mr. Williams began working for Alcoa in Rockdale and then in Point Comfort.

While working, he received his bachelor of arts from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi.

After college, Mr. Williams began working for the Sterling Drugs headquarters in New York City. While there, he became divisional manager over Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, and he moved his family from Glen Cove, Long Island to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Longing to return to Texas, Mr. Williams grabbed an opportunity in 1967 to move his family to San Antonio and he went into business for himself.

In 1973, Mr. Williams moved his family back to Buckholts.

He retired as an auditor for the Office of Inspector General for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and returned to his hometown, where he became active in community service.

Mr. Williams was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church.

He served on the City Council and water board, was an active member in the Buckholts Lions Club and SPJST Lodge No. 15, serving as president for many years. He was a 50-plus-year Master Mason and served on the board of directors for the Buckholts State Bank.

Survivors are his wife, Virginia Williams; his children, Doug Williams and wife Bea of Rock-dale, Sherry Dusek and husband Lanny of Greenville, South Carolina, and Monte Williams of Buckholts; six grandchildren, Dr. Alicia Huppe and husband Matt of McKinney, Robin Dusek of Austin, Dr. Raven Applebaum and husband Phillip of San Antonio, Jacques Williams of Cedar Park, Dr. Whitney Crossland and husband Chance of Hale Center, and Tanner Williams of San Marcos; and five great-grandchildren, Addison Applebaum, Aliza Applebaum, Asher Applebaum, Julianna Huppe and Tatum Crossland.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 427, Buckholts, TX 76518 or to Hope Lutheran Memorial Park.

Rockdale Reporter

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