Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00 PM
Anthony David Williams, 69, of Madison died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Services were held at Colonial Heights Baptist Church Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, and burial was at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg. Sebrell Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Mr. Williams was born in Laurel to the late H.F. and Annelle Williams on Jan. 18, 1943. He graduated from Ellisville High School in 1961, received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1965, and graduated from U.S. Air Force Pilot Training in 1966.
He worked for 38 years for Mississippi Power Company in various engineering and executive roles until he retired in 2004. He received many corporate awards for his district's exemplary level of customer service.
Mr. Williams served part time as an officer in the Mississippi Air National Guard from 1966 to 1975. he piloted both RF-84 and RF-101 fighter jets. In 1975 he transferred to the Air Force Reserve at Kessler Air Force Base and flew the WC-130 aircraft as a Hurrican Hunter until his retirement as a Lt. Colonel in 1991. He served in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol as a former squadron commander of the Singing River Squadron. Most recently he was a certified FAA flight instructor and Chief of Standardization/Evaluation for the Mississippi Wing.
He was a past president of the following organizations: MS Industrial Development Council, Forrest County Industrial Development Council, Forrest County Industrial Park Commission, Hattiesburg Rotary Club, Meridian Jaycees, and Ocean Springs Optimist Club. He served as a deacon at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg and First Baptist Church in Gulfport. He was most recently a member and Sunday School teacher at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Carol Williams of Madison; son, Chad David Williams of Marietta, Ga.; daughter, Gina Williams Boykin of Madison; five grandchildren; and sister, Jan Taylor of Laurel.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund, Colonial Heights Baptist Church.