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Friday, August 6, 2010

Lenox Williams, Popular Civic Volunteer Dies

Last week I lost a friend, the Williams Family lost a family patriarch, and the community lost a long time volunteer worker in youth programs. Lenox Williams died peacefully at his home.

Lenox grew up in Alabama, graduated from Auburn High School, received a B.A. in education and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Auburn University. Lenox served in the USAF during the Korean Conflict. He came to Jackson County in 1960, when he was hired as a Psychologist for the Florida School For Boys. He subsequently became Superintendent of the facility. It was under his term at the school that modern processes of administration and management began to be implemented. He retired from public employment in 1987, and became the typical loving grandfather for his nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

I first met Lenox back in the 1970’s when both of our boys were playing football at Marianna High School. Lenox served as President of the Quarterback Club, and continued to be an active member and supporter of that organization for the next forty years…long after his son Darryl had graduated. He always played a key role in organizing and working on behalf of various fund raising efforts for youth programs.

The most remarkable thing about Lenox Williams was his jovial, fun loving personality. He was a joy to be around…..I will miss him.

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