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Francis M. Williams
"Frank"

Company I-2

6 Oct 1937 - 16 Jul 2010

Place of Death: Fishersville, VA

Interment: St. Patrick's Catholic Church Cemetery - Port Henry NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Francis M. Williams, on 16 July in Fishersville, VA, after a long and courageous battle with ALS.  Frank is survived by his wife, Carol; their children, David Joseph Williams and wife Sarah of Morganton, NC, Nancy Williams Drauszewski and husband Andrew of Manassas, VA, and Cynthia Williams Loebig and husband Douglas of Ignacio, CO; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Williams, Henry Williams, Sara Drauszewski and fiancée Galen Ridgell, Michelle Rannells and husband Michael, Joseph Michael Drauszewski, Maxwell Loebig, and Mae Loebig; two great-grandchildren, Timothy and Joseph Henson; a brother, John Williams of Ticonderoga, NY; a sister, Constance Bennett of Canandaigua, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 July at the Bear Funeral Home, 14 Green Hill Lane, Churchville, VA  24421-2517.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, 24 July at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 12 St Patrick Place, Port Henry, NY  12974.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations  in Frank’s memory may be directed to the Richard R. Dart ALS Clinic, University of Virginia Health System, Box 899394, Charlottesville, VA  22908.

Condolences may be sent to Carol at P.O. Box 1373, Staunton, VA  24402.

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.

Remembrances:

Class Memorial Pages\I-2 Frank Williams.pdf

Frank joined me in 1976 at the 10th ADA Group in Darmstadt, Germany when assigned as my Deputy Commander. He came directly from Command of a Hawk Battalion in the 69th ADA Group also in Germany.

From the beginning it was obvious to me that he was a very talented and energetic officer that would be of great assistance and time proved this. I think we were an important team when that was very important in the heat of the cold war.

Carol Williams, his wife, played an important role in the community. She used her artistic and leadership abilities to design and execute murals on the walls of the pediatric clinic in Darmstadt.

They were a terrific team!

Eugene Fox

Obituaries:

Col. Francis Michael "Frank" Williams, U.S. Army, Ret., died Friday (July 16, 2010) in Augusta Health.

Born Oct. 6, 1937, in Port Henry, N.Y., he was a son of James Dennis and Mae Mabel (Denno) Williams. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1961 as Second Lieutenant, and received a master's degree from George Washington University in 1974. Col. Williams' 23-year career in the U.S. Army included service during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Air Defense Artillery Branch.

After his military retirement, he began a second career as a Certified Financial Planner, and provided financial services for many years in downtown Staunton.

He was a faithful member of the Churchville Ruritan Club, where he held numerous offices over the years, including vice president and president. He was also an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Staunton and served on the financial council during its historic renovation. He enjoyed golf and tennis, loved to hike and camp with his grandchildren and to lunch with special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William and Lawrence Williams; and a sister, Sarah Beale.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Slattery Williams; three children, David Joseph Williams and wife Sarah of Morganton, N.C., Nancy Williams Drauszewski and husband Andrew of Manassas, and Cynthia Williams Loebig and husband Douglas of Ignacio, Colo.; a brother, John Williams of Ticonderoga, N.Y.; a sister, Constance Bennett of Canandaigua, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Williams, Henry Williams, Sara Drauszewski and fiancée Galen Ridgell, Michelle Rannells and husband Michael, Joseph Michael Drauszewski, Maxwell Loebig and Mae Loebig; two great-grandchildren, Timothy and Joseph Henson; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Bear Funeral Home.

A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday (July 24, 2010) in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Port Henry, N.Y. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors.

Memorials may be directed to the Richard R. Dart ALS Clinic, University of Virginia Health System, Box 800394, Charlottesville, VA 22908.