Following Brief Eulogy to his Father, Huntington Mayor Told Council, "Let's Get to Work..."

Updated 18 weeks ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Following Brief Eulogy to his Father, Huntington Mayor Told Council, "Let's Get to Work..."

When word spread throughout Huntington City Hall Thursday, Dec. 5 about the passing of Mayor Steve Williams dad, Dr. Don Williams, and, simultaneously that the Mayor had returned to work!

He made a brief announcement during the work session, but he was in attendance at the Friday morning send off for HHS football team.

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.”

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