OBITUARY

Dr Charles Wesley Williams Jr

August 16, 1941December 30, 2020
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Charles Wesley Williams, Jr. was born in Claremore, Oklahoma. He spent his formative years there with his brother and sister. After high school he joined the Air Force to help pay for college. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force and attended Langston University. His excellent academic record allowed for early admittance into Meharry Dental School. He then went on to graduate from dental school with honors in 1972. He was accepted into the Oral and Maxillofacial residency program at Tufts University. He spent several years in private practice before eventually returning to Meharry Dental School as a professor. Later he became the chairman of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. He worked there until his retirement in 2018. He is survived by his older brother (Billy), ex-wife (Ethel-Loniell),three children (Charles, Daniel, and Fontana), and three grandchildren (Matthew, Zanna, and Sebastian).

A visitation will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:00 am at Keller's Old Town Funeral Home, 220 Keller Parkway, Keller, Texas 76248 with Burial to follow at 12:30pm at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kellersoldtownfuneralhome.com for the Williams family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Dr. Williams Honor to Office of Alumni Affairs, the Charles Williams Scholarship Fund. Attn: Dr. Henry Moses 1005 D.B Todd Blvd Nashville, TN 37208

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Larry Wallace

January 26, 2021

Condolences and prayers for the family and loved ones of Dr. Charles W. Williams. Like Doc, I lived in Nashville in the late 1960s; early 1970s. We became friends and have nothing but positive memories of that relationship. Bless his family and I salute him for all of his stellar accomplishments.

Madison Powers

January 26, 2021

This photo is from a birthday party for Charles on August 16th, sometime in the early 1980s. Me (Madison Powers), Charles Williams, Ken Jordan, and Bill Collier.

Irwin Venick

January 26, 2021

Charles was a long time friend with whom I kept up not enough. I always appreciated his wisdom, gentle demeanor and good humor. May his memory be a blessing.

Collis Johnson

January 26, 2021

Sad news to here the passing of my friend colleague, Alpha Phi Alpha, brother Beta Kappa Chapter, Langston university 1966. He was always willing to share his knowledge and surgical skills. He will be missed, lot of fun memories. Our deepest sympathy to love one and family Collis , Marsha Johnson

Kimberley Perkins Davis

January 26, 2021

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Prayers of peace, blessings, and comfort to the entire family. Dr. Williams was a trailblazer and a brilliant educator. We are blessed to have known and worked with him. Dr. Williams has impacted the education and lives of countless faculty, residents, students, and coworkers. We will miss his mischievous smile and sharp fashion (especially the shoes). Know that you are all being kept in prayer.

Diane Coopwood-Earle

January 25, 2021

The news of Dr. Williams’ passing was shocking and heartbreaking. I have fond memories of his instruction and coaching while in dental school at Meharry. He imparted knowledge in a way that I will always value. He challenged me and classmates but always left our dignity in place. He will be missed. The family photos are so beautiful!
Diane Coopwood-Earle DDS, MBA
VP of Dental Care Services, InnovAge
MEHARRY Class of 1982

Kenneth Spaulding

January 25, 2021

The news of my friends death was shocking. The world lost a good man and I miss my friend. We met many decades ago and I treasure the memories of the nightlife of Kansas City we enjoyed. And the there was the golf. There were hundreds of knock down drag out battles involving big bucks(3$) on many avenues. We loved it.

Professionally, he was top notch. He was masterful as a surgeon and as an instructor. He loved it and his students were fortunate to have him. Not more than two weeks ago, he indicated his desire to return to Meharry to return to the classroom.

A life well lived. Rest In Peace my friend.

H .. Chris Doku

January 25, 2021

I am very sad of the death of my beloved colleague Charles Williams.
Charles completed our three years of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program at Tufts University , Boston.
Charles was respect and loved for his soothing, calm, approachable gentle personality and soon became a favoured resident and friend of his teachers, nurses and patients.
He returned South to a successful practice and academics.
Twice I asked him to join our academic program at Tufts but he preferred to stay at his beloved South.
Charles was a true gentleman.
My sincere condolences to his children and family.
H. Chris Doku
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Tufts University
Boston, MA

Lonnie Norris

January 25, 2021

Sincere condolences to the Williams family.
In 1975, Charles was the first African American graduated for the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery . HIs character, leadership, personalty, intelligence, and competency were highly respected by all. He was ideal to lead the way of more inclusion and diversity. I followed him in the program and graduated in 1980. While we were not in the program at the same, he returned to attend annual symposiums. I valued his career and interactions with him. His commitment to advancing the careers and health of others were exceptional. Dean Emeritus Lonnie H. Norris, DMD,MPH
Professor Emeritus, OMFS, Tufts School of Dental Medicine

Helen & Lewis Cunningham

January 14, 2021

To the Williams Family: Our sincerest condolences to your family during this time. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Williams at Meharry School of Dentistry. What a scholarly man and a great individual to work with. He will be missed!
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

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