Dr. Fred Lee Williams, Jr.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Dr. Fred Lee Williams, Jr.

Dr. Fred Lee Williams, Jr., was born on November 21, 1944, on the family farm near Pollard, Ark. He was the only child of Fred Lee Williams and Georgia Geneva (Grissom) Williams of Pollard and Piggott. He passed away on May 28, 2014, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., with his family and friends at his side.

A graduate of Piggott High School, Dr. Williams received a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arkansas and a master's degree and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from The University of Memphis. Dr. Williams held administrative positions at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Memphis State University in Memphis, Tenn., Northeast Arkansas Community College in Blytheville, Ark., Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., Texas State Technical College in Waco, Tex. and retired in 2004 as President of Amarillo College in Amarillo, Tex. to return to Arkansas.

A lifelong Democrat, Fred represented Arkansas as a congressional page and intern during the Kennedy Administration and maintained an interest and involvement in party politics throughout his life. He was an active member of civic clubs and community organizations in all of the communities in which he lived. An avid reader and learner, donations in his memory may be made to the Fayetteville Public Library at 401 West Mountain Street, in Fayetteville, Ark., 72701.

He leaves two daughters, Elizabeth LeAnn Williams and Emily Catherine Williams of Fayetteville and their mother, Cathy Smart Williams of Fort Smith. He is survived by an uncle, Carl "Zig" Williams and wife Barbara of Mountain Grove, Mo.; an aunt, Ora Dean Sale of Piggott as well as many cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott, Ark. beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at New Hope Cemetery in Pollard, Ark.

Honorary pallbearers are Donald Grissom, Cloyce Grissom, Kenny Grissom, David Williams, Wade Williams, Darrell Gossett, Bill Nelson, Jim Webb, Thomas Renfro and Allen Fitzgearld.

Dr. Williams' daughters are grateful to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Washington Regional Medical Center for keeping him with care and comfort in his final days.