Peler Williams, Jr.
Published in Dothan Eagle on September 23, 2011
Samuel Peler Williams,
Jr., a resident of Columbia, Alabama, died Wednesday afternoon, September
21, 2011, in a Dothan hospital. He was 84.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, September 24, 2011,
in the First Baptist Church of Columbia with Reverend Randall Johnson
and Reverend Robert Strickland officiating.
Graveside services, with military honors, will follow in the Columbia
Holman-Headland Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. Saturday in
the church sanctuary. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions
may be made to the First Baptist Church of Columbia, P.O. Box 267, Columbia,
Mr. Williams was born in Snowhill, Alabama in Wilcox County but was reared
in Eufaula, son of the late Samuel Peler Williams, Sr. and Cherry Williams.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II
and later graduated from Eufaula High School.
After the war, Mr. Williams enrolled in Troy State Teacher's College where
he received a B.S. Degree in Education and lettered in football and baseball.
As a young man, Mr. Williams formerly played professional baseball in
the Alabama-Florida League.
In later years, he was initiated into the Delta Chi Social Fraternity
and was named a big brother in the Alpha Delta Pi Social Sorority while
pursuing an advanced degree at Troy State University.
Mr. Williams retired from Ashford High School as a mathematics teacher
and football coach. In earlier years, he taught and coached at Houston
County High School in Columbia, Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge,
Georgia, Dorman High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Early County
High School in Blakely, Georgia.
Mr. Williams was a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbia where
he served as a Deacon. He was also a member of the Columbia Lions Club
and formerly served as a city councilman.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by a sister, Lila Mae Lott; and five
brothers, Wilson Williams, James Williams, Hugh Williams, Robert Williams
and Jake Williams.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Grace Beasley (Bebe) Williams, Columbia,
AL; a daughter, Dianna Williams Upchurch and husband, Robert (Bob) Upchurch,
Livingston, AL; a son, Joshua H. Williams and wife, Suzanne Studstill
Williams, Nashville, TN; five grandchildren, Robert Upchurch and wife,
Annie; Sam Upchurch, John Upchurch, Sydney Foshee and Greeley Foshee;
two great-grandchildren, Caroline Upchurch and William Upchurch; two sisters,
Nan Norton, Chipley, FL; and Bernice Storey, Eufaula, AL; a brother-in-law,
John P. Beasley and wife, Jean, Columbia, AL; several nieces and nephews.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Joe Owen, Anthony Howard, Billy
Lanford, Tim Pitchford, Curtis Smith and Ben Armstrong. The grandsons
will serve as honorary pallbearers.