David L Williams
David L. Williams, former Durant School’s superintendent, died June 18, 2010. He was born in Durant on June 18, 1923. He grew up in Bokchito, Oklahoma, and graduated from Bokchito High School.
David graduated from Southeastern State College. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma. He pursued Doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma and Columbia University in New York City.
David served the Durant Schools 36 years in administration, finishing as superintendent. He was honored by his peers as Young Administrator of the Year and as Outstanding District Administrator. Mr. Williams served in the USAF during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was active in church and civic affairs. He was of the Methodist faith having been christened in Durant’s First United Methodist Church.
David was a member and President of Rotary International. His most rewarding civic effort was the organization and implementation of the Sheltered Workshop Opportunities of Durant. Serving as President and Treasurer, he saw it become the organization it is today. He served as a member of Southeastern Oklahoma Mental Health Services Board of Directors.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Williams and Jessie Mae Williams; and a brother, Stanley Williams. He is survived by his wife, Nell;one brother Belton and wife Dorothy; two sons, David and wife Susan; John and wife Cynthia; grandchildren; Taylor, Paul, Joshua, Hannah Williams, Shayla Wilkes, Lila Walker and Lydia Walker; great grandchildren, Morgan, Connor, Caitlyn Wilkes, Olivia Wade; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at 2 p.m. with Dr. Greg Tolle officiating.
Burial will be in Bokchito Cemetery with Rob Crowley, Paul Crowley, Mike Ridgway, Tim Webster, J.R. Jones and Clint Dilbeck. Honorary pallbearers include Dr. George Anderson, Gary Dominick, Malcolm Krumme, Alvie Nelson, Raymond Haddix, Leroy Watson and Jim Spencer.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church 218 N. 3rd Ave. Durant, Oklahoma 74701; The Sheltered Workshop Opportunities 234 S. 22nd Ave. Durant, Oklahoma 74701 or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Cancer 825 N.E. 13th St. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home.