OBITUARY

Kent Williams

November 7, 1939September 2, 2020

David Kent Williams was born November 7, 1939 in Ardmore, OK to Paulyne and Curtiss Williams and passed peacefully from this life September 2, 2020. After graduating from Ardmore High, he went on to graduate from both OU undergrad, where he was a proud ATO, and OU School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he married his high school sweetheart, Ellen Hughes, on July 20, 1963 in Ardmore. They made their home in Oklahoma City, where they raised their two sons, Drew and Hunter. After practicing law and working at Fidelity in the Trust Department, Kent managed the family partnership from 1977 until the day he died.

Kent was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, who passed away in 2008 from ALS. He is survived by his two sons, Drew (Sharon) of Columbia, SC, and Hunter (Erin) of NYC, his grandchildren, Luke and Claire Williams of Columbia, SC and his sisters, Ellen (Ray) Loard and Becky (Dande) Evans both of Edmond.

In addition to family, Kent was fortunate to have many great friends, both of his generation and that of his sons’. They will always remember his welcoming smile and his genuine interest in all of their lives and his proclivity for telling them about his. Kent was an avid reader and lifelong learner as made clear by his collection of books and his travels to close to 70 countries on 6 continents, mostly with his OKC travel group of over 25 years. However, his favorite adventure was hiking the rainforests of Rwanda to see the Mountain Gorillas, which he was fortunate enough to do on three separate trips. Closer to home, he loved following all things Sooners.

Kent was an animal enthusiast and expert, which is why he actively served in several capacities on the Oklahoma Zoological Society Board of Directors and the Zoological Trust. He was also a patron of the arts, volunteering many years with the Arts Council, serving as Co-Chair of the 1992 Arts Festival, a supporter of Lyric Theater, and frequent traveler to blues festivals in Mississippi. Kent was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

A brief graveside service will be held on Friday, September 11, at 11 am at Rose Hill. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Oklahoma Zoological Society, the ALS Association, or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, September 11, 2020

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Fred Schonwald

September 11, 2020

Kent and Ellen were great neighbors when we lived on Huntington where our kids were raised. Kent’s ever present smile was always a welcome sight, drawing one into an always pleasant visit.
He was a good man and my family was fortunate to know them both.

Bill Freeman

September 8, 2020

Ardmore class mate 1957. My the presence of the Lord be with you doing this time.

Patricia Dickey

September 8, 2020

I had gone to high school with Kent in Ardmore and had
a nice visit with him at our 60th Class Reunion.

On behalf of the Class of '57 we send our thoughts and prayers
to his family.

Pat Henderson Dickey

Kenneth Chaffin

September 7, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Kent’s passing. I went to grade school thru high school and rode with him to OU our freshman year. Knew Ellen and thought they made a great couple. Enjoyed visiting with both of them at our class reunions. And had a great visit with Kent at our 60th. Learned about his travels with his group. Always thought of him as a friend and will miss him!
—-Ken Chaffin, Ardmore, OK

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