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Following Brief Eulogy to his Father, Huntington Mayor Told Council, "Let's Get to Work..."
At the council meeting Monday, Dec. 9, Williams revealed that his presence came as one of two promises to his father: Take care of your mother and do your job.
Referring to the memorial service which began seven-and-a-half hours before the council meeting as both a “goodbye and celebration of his life.”
“My dad came from nothing,” Williams said, adding, “he grew up in hollers living in a tent. He did not find himself until his 20s after he became a member of the U.S. Navy.” After serving in the Navy, he joined the Air Force.
“The combination of the U.S. Air Force and (his wife) Clara Taylor straightened his life out,” the Mayor said.
Appropriately, the tribune to Don Williams followed the ceremony honoring the Huntington High 2013 football team which lost the Triple AAA championship 9-7 Saturday to Martinsburg. The late Dr. Williams coached Bluefield High School’s football team in 1955 and 1956. The next year he coached a Virginia team that bore the nickname “Salt Shakers.”
Without a hint of emotion in his voice, Williams then told council, “enough of the eulogy , let’s get to work.”