Dr. W. Carter Williams Jr.

March 4, 1931January 22, 2014
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WILLIAMS, Dr. W. Carter, Jr. – Born March 4, 1931 in Nashville, TN. Passed away on January 22, 2014 after a sudden illness. A true man of integrity, Carter will be remembered for his quick wit, sharp mind, comforting spirit, and devotion to family and friends. He spent his childhood years in Franklin, TN, graduated from Battle Ground Academy, and was awarded a Founder’s Scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he completed his undergraduate and medical degrees, internship, residency, and fellowship. He served two years as Captain in the U.S. Army doing research in the area of Endocrinology and later became Chief Resident at the V.A. Hospital. He went into private practice at Green Hills Medical Clinic for 37 years and retired from The Frist Clinic in 2006. Other accomplishments include serving as Chief of Medicine at Parkview Hospital, Board Member of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, and Chairman of the Board at Centennial Medical Center. In his spare time, Carter (“Doc”) loved fishing, working crossword puzzles, sharing fond memories with his children and grandchildren, and maintaining a picture perfect yard with his hedge trimmer and Gravely lawnmower. Preceded in death by his parents Wilson Carter Williams, Sr. and Mary Taylor Williams; his loving wife of 57 years Caroline Griscom Williams. Survived by his sister, Mary Williams Gant; son, Carter Williams, III; daughters, Rachel (Peter) Burton, Helen (Johnny) Daniel, Missy (Steve) Norris; six grandchildren, Stanton and John Burton, Caroline Daniel, TJ, Wilson, and Jack Norris; niece, Carter Gant Cooper; nephews, Andy, Paul, and John Gant. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 5pm in the Sanctuary at Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215. Immediately following the service, visitation with the family will be from 6-8pm in Woodmont’s Gathering Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made by mail to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, 95 White Bridge Road, Suite 300, Nashville, TN 37205 or donate online at



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Dr. W. Carter Williams Jr.

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Judy Bowers

January 30, 2014

Dr. Williams was my doctor from my camp physical when I was twelve until he retired. and I am 64 now. He was a wonderful doctor and I was blessed to have him.

January 29, 2014

I had the pleasure and honor to work with Dr. Williams over many years.He was truly a caring and comforting physician. Claudette , Dr Williams and I had fun times while working hard.I truly wish I could attend his funeral but health problems
keep me from coming but will be thinking of the family on Thursday.He was a wonderful person..Sherrie Tipton

Louis & Mary Stano

January 27, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. We were long time patients of Dr Williams. He was an excellent doctor, and a good and kind man. He liked to talk about his Gravely tractor, and we also owned one. We will miss him.

Michael G Mitchell

January 26, 2014

Dr. Williams had stopped taking new patients but took me as a favor to my aunt, nurse Nancy Galdenzi. This was in late 80's. Then he took my wife as a favor to me. A finer 'gentleman' doctor has never existed. He might have been beat on doctoring, I don't know but he will never be beat on his combination calm demeanor, humor and highest integrity. I loved him greatly and was crushed when he retired. I miss him to this day. To his family: You had a great, great patriarch who was greatly admired and respected by thousands.

Stan Nuehring

January 26, 2014

A man of dignity, stature, and compassion and such defines not only a great physician but a great fellow citizen. I was honored to work with him as well as to be his patient. His bedside manner was literally infectious. We are poorer because he no longer walks with us. Warmest condolences to the family and friends.

Gary Prewitt

January 25, 2014

Deepest Sympathy in this time of loss.