Whitesburg KY

‘Doc’ Williams headed Letcher’s Civil Defense

A memorial service will be held in Mt. Sterling later this week for Windus Lovell “Doc” Williams, a Letcher County native who died in Lexington last month.

Williams, 88, of Mt. Sterling, died at Central Baptist Hospital on April 16. He was born June 24, 1923, in Whitesburg, son of the late Windus and Polly Messer Williams. He was a graduate of Whitesburg High School in 1942. During World War II, Williams served three years (1943-46) in the U. S. Army Medical Corps during in Europe and continued in the Army Reserve for several years after discharge. He was Letcher County’s Director of Civil Defense in the 1950s. He was well known for his piano skills, a talent that he inherited from his mother, a piano teacher, who died when he was young.

He was a stepson of Clara’s Restaurant founder, the late Clara Williams.

Williams was an employee of the former Mary Chiles Hospital in Mt. Sterling, where he worked about 30 years before retiring. He worked at Walmart in Mt. Sterling until suffering a major heart attack in March, for which he was being treated when he died. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Sterling and was a former president of the Mt. Sterling Lions Club.

Williams was a halfbrother to the late Peggy Williams Hidvegi, formerly of Whitesburg. He is survived by several cousins and a host of friends. Interment will be at the Williams Cemetery in Whitesburg.

The memorial service for Williams will be held May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Mt. Sterling, with visitation from 5:00-6:30. Contributions in his memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, Mt. Sterling.

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