A celebration of the life of Fred Williams (’38, ‘JD ’40) planned for Friday, March 20
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March 18, 2015
Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) said: “Fred Williams Sr. meant as much to Wake Forest Law as we did to him. We were so excited about celebrating his milestone birthday next month and were in the middle of planning a big bash for him when we got the news, which makes this even harder. I’ll never forget Fred’s words in a recent video he made for the law school, when he said: ‘Wake Forest made my life.’ The feeling is mutual. He made ours.”Mr. Williams was featured in the law school’s alumni magazine, The Jurist, in a 2009 article.
Fred also served his community as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, American Bar Association, president of the Sternberger Elementary School PTA, Summit Rotary Club, Chair of the American Cancer Society Annual Fund Drive, Board of Directors of the United Way, President of the Wake Forest University General Alumni Association, life member of the Wake Forest Law School Board of Visitors, Trustee and Trustee Emeritus of the Meredith College Board of Trustees, and Building Committee for the construction and maintenance of the Well Spring Retirement Community.
Fred is survived by his three children and their spouses; Nancy Williams Cheek and Neal King Cheek of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Walter Frederick Williams, Jr.(’67, JD ’69) and Susan Monroe Williams of Franklin, Tenn.; and David Russell Williams and Mary Jane Shreve Williams of Cary, N.C.; six grandchildren, Laurie Williams Makarwich and husband Greg, David Russell Williams, Jr. and his wife Tamara, Brian Frederick Williams and his wife Samantha, Benjamin Eldridge Williams, Clayton Williams Cheek and his wife Jody, and Anna King Cheek. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Well Spring Community, both the professional staff and the residents who were among Fred’s many friends for the many kindnesses and care given to Fred during his time there. Appreciation and thanksgiving go to his good friend, Bettie Williams for her love and companionship and to Velda Johnson of the Home Care Division for her steadfast care during the last year of his life.
A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at First Baptist Church, Greensboro, on Friday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church and the family will visit with friends in the church Atrium following service. The family will also visit with friends 4-6 p.m. Friday at Well Spring, where Mr. Williams lived for the past two decades.
Those of you who knew Fred well know that he was much too humble to write of his accomplishments. This obituary was written by his family who are proud of what he meant to the community and grateful for his being in our lives.