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Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home

9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

David Overton Williams Jr.

January 20, 1925August 18, 2019
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Brigadier General David O. Williams, Jr. (USAF Ret.) of Austin, Texas died on August 18, 2019 at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane (Janie) L. Williams and by four daughters: Linda Merrell of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Gail Kilmer (Clay) of Albuquerque; Holly Barber (Mark) of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Lisa Quick of Cedar Crest, New Mexico; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Elles Williams, brothers Bobby and Bill, and his sister, Evelyn Wallace.

General Williams was born on January 20, 1925 in San Antonio, Texas to David Overton Williams, Sr. and Ida Emma (nee Brown). He was reared in Eagle Pass, Texas, graduating from high school in 1942. He attended Texas A&M College until he volunteered for the US Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet pilot training program in World War II. He graduated from pilot training in 1944 and subsequently became a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot. Following World War II, he applied for and received a commission as a Regular Officer in the United States Air Force, thereafter serving as a jet fighter pilot, operations officer, staff operations officer, director of operations, and commander of several fighter units in the US, Europe, and Asia. He flew 100 combat missions as a jet fighter pilot in the Korean War and 102 combat missions in the Vietnam War. His combat decorations include the Silver Star for valor, four Legions of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, and ten Air Medals. General Williams was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force in 1973. He subsequently performed duty as Deputy Director of Operations in Headquarters USAF, and on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. His last duty station was in Taiwan in the Republic of China as Chief of Staff of the Taiwan Defense Command, from which he retired in 1976 following 33 years of active service.

General Williams graduated from Chaminade College in Honolulu with a degree in Political Science, and also graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was a graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff College and Air War College. Following retirement from the Air Force, General Williams became a Registered Professional Engineer and practiced as a Civil Engineer with the consulting engineering firm of Cunningham-Allen in Austin. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council, the Texas Exes, and the U.T. College of Engineering Foundation’s Friends of Alec. He was also a very active and devoted member of the Order of Daedalians, the premier fraternity of military pilots, in which he served as Scholarship Chairman, Trustee of the Daedalian Foundation, Flight Captain, and on the Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association from 1967 to his death. General Williams and his wife Janie were long-time members of Balcones Country Club in northwest Austin.

Funeral services will be held at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas 78750 on September 6, at 10:00 am with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio at 2:30 p.m. on the same date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daedalian Foundation Matching Scholarship Program, 55 Main Circle, Bldg. 676, Randolph AFB, Texas 78148.

  • FAMILY

  • Jane (Janie) L. Williams, Wife
  • Linda Merrell, Daughter
  • Gail & Clay Kilmer, Daughter
  • Holly & Mark Barber, Daughter
  • Lisa Quick, Daughter
  • David is also survived by nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren who will lovingly cherish his memory.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Catered Reception Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Committal Service with Military Honors Friday, September 6, 2019

Memories

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Betsy Himmel (Maiden name Williams)

September 4, 2019

When I was a brand new flight attendant with Pan Am, one of my first flights out of my base at San Francisco was to Honolulu on my way to fly R & R’s to and from Vietnam . Overton came and picked me and my German roommate up at our hotel and took us back to his & Janie’s home at Hickam and entertained us royally with steaks and great conversation. They were both so sweet to us. I remember thinking about my cousin Overton later on this first ever meeting, and thinking what an absolute gentleman he was! I was so proud that we were cousins and I loved Janie too!

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Biography

General Williams was born on January 20, 1925 in San Antonio, Texas to David Overton Williams, Sr. and Ida Emma (nee Brown). He was reared in Eagle Pass, Texas, graduating from high school in 1942. He attended Texas A&M College until he volunteered for the US Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet pilot training program in World War II. He graduated from pilot training in 1944 and subsequently became a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot. Following World War II, he applied for and received a commission as a Regular Officer in the United States Air Force, thereafter serving as a jet fighter pilot, operations officer, staff operations officer, director of operations, and commander of several fighter units in the US, Europe, and Asia. He flew 100 combat missions as a jet fighter pilot in the Korean War and 102 combat missions in the Vietnam War. His combat decorations include the Silver Star for valor, four Legions of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, and ten Air Medals. General Williams was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force in 1973. He subsequently performed duty as Deputy Director of Operations in Headquarters USAF, and on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. His last duty station was in Taiwan in the Republic of China as Chief of Staff of the Taiwan Defense Command, from which he retired in 1976 following 33 years of active service.

General Williams graduated from Chaminade College in Honolulu with a degree in Political Science, and also graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was a graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff College and Air War College. Following retirement from the Air Force, General Williams became a Registered Professional Engineer and practiced as a Civil Engineer with the consulting engineering firm of Cunningham-Allen in Austin. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council, the Texas Exes, and the U.T. College of Engineering Foundation’s Friends of Alec. He was also a very active and devoted member of the Order of Daedalians, the premier fraternity of military pilots, in which he served as Scholarship Chairman, Trustee of the Daedalian Foundation, Flight Captain, and on the Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association from 1967 to his death. General Williams and his wife Janie were long-time members of Balcones Country Club in northwest Austin.