Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bill Williams will be remembered by MC family

The following, composed by MC Athletic Director Forrest Allen, appeared in the Saturday, November 10, 2012 issue of the Midland Reporter-Telegram . You may read Mr. Williams' complete obituary HERE.

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director


A few days ago I attended the funeral of Mr. Bill Warren Williams. Mr. Williams, and his family, are known as successful business leaders in Midland, and throughout Texas. More important than that, Mr. Williams, a native son of Hillsboro, gave tremendously to our community.

When the Midland College basketball team was in its infancy, Mr. and Mrs. Williams (Ms. Peggy) and their family threw their support behind us in both words and deeds.

They traversed countless miles across this country following the Midland College basketball team. Needless to say there were many others just like the Williams family who attended games, gave donations, cooked meals and traveled to support our teams. The support of the Williams and others provided the foundation for what has become one of the most highly regarded athletic departments in the country.

It's not a rare event when I travel somewhere, either in-state or outside the state, wearing a Midland College shirt or cap, only to have someone stop me and share a story about some ex-golfer, baseball player, tennis player or basketball athlete who donned the green and gold of the Chaparrals. And whenever that happens, I think about people like the Williams family and their contributions to that success.

In this area we're just a local community college that has "good teams." But across the United States, Midland College is something other two-year colleges aspire to. It's evidenced in the calls I get from athletic department administrators all over who ask what process we used to hire a coach, how we tackle fundraising, how we market our teams; otherwise how to be as universally successful as Midland College. That success wouldn't be nearly as great without the significant contributions of a generous community and individuals like Peggy and Bill Williams.

The past several years we've witnessed the passing of so many of our most ardent supporters; not simply in terms of individual losses, but in terms of their input and enthusiasm for our teams. The loss of Mr. Williams is a pall that will shroud us for many years to come and in areas both seen and unseen.

The Williams family didn't let their love and support for MC end two weeks ago. They made manifest as one of his final wishes, which was for his friends to contribute to the Midland College Athletic Department and the Chaparral Athletic Club. The gifts began coming in within a day of his passing and continue as of the writing of this letter. What a man and what a giving family!

Today we pray for the Williams family (Ms. Peggy, Billy and Kelly, and Julie) including their four grandchildren and their great grandson. Know that your father will always be considered a legendary part of our past and our future. We have been incredibly blessed that he chose to come our way.

Nothing can ever replace what you have lost; we share your grief and remember your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather as a man who placed God, family and community at the top of everything he accomplished.

On behalf of the staff of Midland College, the Midland College Athletic Department and every former Chap and Lady Chap athlete, we thank you for everything you have done and are still doing today.

'Forever and forever farewell, Bill.
If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed.
If not, 'tis true this parting was well made.'
-- adapted from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Act 5, Scene 1, Page 6



It has been recommended that donations in Mr. Williams' memory may be made to the Midland College Chaparral Athletic Club 3600 N Garfield ST Midland, TX 79705

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