Steele Carrington Williams

June 10, 1987December 11, 2012

Steele Carrington Williams passed away on December 11, 2012 in Jackson, Wyoming. Steele was born in Chapel Hill on June 10, 1987, son of Randall and Elizabeth Williams and brother to Watt and Timmons. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Sue Aldridge Perry and Joel Perry of Raleigh; and his grandmother, Jo Watts Williams, of Burlington, N.C; Uncle Lee and his wife Beth Williams of Wilmington; and his cousins, Ford and his wife Ann, and Betsy and her husband Angus McDonald; his Uncle Sid Aldridge and wife Diane, and his cousins, William and Meg; and his Uncle David Aldridge and his wife Dana; and cousins, Radford, John and Creighton. Steele graduated from Needham Broughton High School and subsequently from the University of Montana with a degree in photojournalism. He received recognition for his work in developing the use of cinematography with cell phones and stated he was happiest when taking photos that told a story about people. Like his movies, he seemed to always be in motion. He loved the outdoors and was an avid and fearless wakeboarder and mountain skier. He interned during college at the Missoula Independent (The Indy) and was tireless in his efforts to get just the right picture of events he was assigned to cover. He was his own person and as part of his journalistic tradition, he had strong principles about injustice which came to the forefront when he worked in Baghdad, Iraq this fall. Pictures he took in Iraq also showed that he was gifted at capturing a moment or an emotion with his camera. A memorial service will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 14, at 5 pm with the family receiving friends and relatives in the Jane Bell Gathering Space at the church afterwards. The scripture that had particular meaning for him was 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 - “Oh, that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me and that you would keep me from sin.” In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The University of Montana School of Photojournalism, 32 Campus Drive, Don Anderson Hall, Missoula, Montana, 59812. Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s St., and online condolences to family may be made through


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2012

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Elizabeth Dixson

August 14, 2013

Dr. Williams, I was away last December and did not hear of your son's death until recently. My sincere sympathy is with you and your family.

Jeffrey Kuller

December 31, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jeff Kuller

Karen Roane

December 30, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Michael and Rachel March

December 27, 2012

Words escape me in this time. Just know I love ya man.
May His strength be with you in this is time, for you, your wife and for your family. And always, always, Christ loves you most.

December 21, 2012

Dr. Williams,
I am so saddened to hear about your son. Praying for you and your family this holiday season.
With deeepest sympathy,
Teresa Bolding

Joe Weston

December 19, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. Working with Steele at the Missoula Independent was a joy. He had an energy and passion for photography that was unmatched. His exuberant personality will be missed.

Chad Harder

December 19, 2012

Steele's talents were diverse and extraordinary, perhaps especially when behind the lens. I was honored to have him on staff as a photographer, and to count him as a friend.

In remembrance of his too-short life, we've put together a brief slideshow of his recent photography here:

Mark Edmondson

December 18, 2012


My heart breaks for you and the family.

Your BSF Buddy,

December 18, 2012

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Chrise Jackson

Thad and Margueritte McDonald

December 18, 2012

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We join with all your friends and family in offering our support and love.