Charles D. Williams

July 16, 1935May 14, 2020

Charles David Williams passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

He was born July 16, 1935, in Hainesville, Texas and began his education there, continuing on to elementary school in Quitman, Texas. He graduated from Quitman High School in 1953 and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Dodd, in 1954.

Charles’ parents, Floyd Williams and Audie Hall Williams, preceded him in death, as did his son, Charles D. Williams, Jr. (Chuck), his daughter Sheree Jan Schuhmacher, his brother Lee Williams, and his sister, Doris Spanko.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley, brothers Conley and Jerry Williams, granddaughter Amy Schuhmacher Williams, grandson Brian Schuhmacher, great-grandson Noah Maddox Kelley, and great-granddaughters Quinn and Phoebe Schuhmacher.

Charles received BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University in 1957 and 1959; also, an MBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University in 1971. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1958 and spent four years on active duty and 16 years in the USAF Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He then joined Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and worked in Dallas, New York and Los Angeles for 14 years. While in Dallas, he received his MBA-Finance degree.

Charles left ARCO to join Texas Oil and Gas (TXO) in Dallas and was there five years until they were acquired in 1986 by U.S. Steel Corporation (USX). He and Shirley moved to corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Charles was an executive officer at USX and on the internal boards of directors of USX, Marathon and TXO, the Board of the U.S. Steel & Carnegie Pension Fund, and the 7-person Corporate Policy Committee of USX. He retired in 2000. He and Shirley moved to Tyler, Texas in 2006.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Hainesville Baptist Church in Mineola, Texas at 1:00pm with Terry Davis and Fred Morrow officiating.

Memorials may be made in Charles’ name to the Wounded Warrior Project at P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. To leave a tribute, please visit


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 30, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, May 30, 2020


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Conley Williams

May 23, 2020

Well, big brother - you have moved on to the BIG STAGE - we'll sure miss you here! I remember you questioning my judgement when I accepted a position in NYC requiring a move to that area and then calling me a few weeks later and saying "you're not going to believe this!". Following your move to the same area a few weeks later, we were blessed to live as close neighbors in Connecticut for a full year. I remember the day you walked into our commuter train with blood streaming down your face - the train had been moving slowly out and you made a running leap to board just as the train made a sudden stop. I didn't laugh at that time, but laugh now when I remember the incident.
Smartest thing you ever did was marrying Shirley - congratulations on a great life! Conley

Amy Williams

May 22, 2020

Oh Papa, Papa, Papa. I loved you more than anything. Thank you for always being such a wonderful grandfather.


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