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KCC honors Rev. Tommie Williams

Posted: September 4, 2017 10:08 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council honored the late Rev. Tommie Williams by naming a street near Elgin in his honor. Members of Rev. Williams’ family attended the surprise special presentation. Shown here (from left, front) are Sylvester Williams and County Council Chairman Julian Burns. Back row (from left), councilmen Sammy Tucker Jr. and Dennis Arledge; McKinley Williams Jr., Lorraine Williams-Butler, Councilman Tom Gardner, Robert Williams, Rev. Angela C. Williams, Councilman Al Bozard, Thomasena Williams-Patterson, Councilman Jimmy Jones, Lula B. Williams-Patterson, Councilman Ben Connell, Kim Williams-Roberts.

Kershaw County Council recently honored a well-loved community icon.

During its Aug. 22 meeting, Council unanimously passed a proclamation naming a street off Tookie Doo Lane, near Elgin, after the late Rev. Tommie Williams.

Rev. Williams, who was born in Elgin, served in the U.S. Army in 1944 during World War II. After military service, he would work at Fort Jackson State Hospital, Kershaw County Medical Center and E.I. DuPont, from where he retired after many years of service. He married Josephine McDonald in 1940 and they had six children, Thomasena Patterson, Lula Addison, Sylvester Williams, Roosevelt Williams, Mildred Williams and Priscilla Williams. He had 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, several adopted grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A number of Rev. Williams’ family members attended the meeting, although as one family member, Kim Williams-Roberts noted, they did not realize council was honoring their loved one.

“We wanted this to be a surprise, so I kind of had to tell a story – in church, no less – to get them here,” she said with a laugh. “I told them it was about a zoning issue.”

Williams-Roberts thanked council, noting that her grandfather, while a very humble man, would have been very pleased, honored and touched by the proclamation.

“I can’t think of a finer individual to honor in this way,” Councilman Dennis Arledge, who represents the Elgin area said. “Rev. Williams was a client and a good friend for many years. This was one of the best proclamations I have been a part of since being elected to council. He was a great man and they are a great family.”

Council passed the proclamation unanimously and presented the family with a framed copy and a copy of the street sign.


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