Posted on: March 18, 2021
William (Bill) Thomas Williams, Jr. MD, 73, of Davidson, North Carolina passed away on March 15, 2021. He was born in Toccoa, Georgia on March 16, 1947 to the late William T. and Beth Lane Williams, and reared in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from H. V. Jenkins High School in 1965 and from Davidson College in 1969, and then went on to receive his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Bill met Marguerite (Margo) Oldham, of Houston, Texas, while attending medical school, and they married on March 25, 1974.
After Bill completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bill and Margo moved to Davidson in 1977, where they reared two sons and Bill continued with a residency in Internal Medicine at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Bill founded the Davidson Clinic in 1978 and served as a primary care physician to many of Davidson’s families, before going to work at Charlotte Area Health Education Center, Carolinas Medical Center (now Atrium) as its Chief Medical Officer, and serve on, and chair, the National Board of Medical Examiners. During this time, he had the opportunity to work with medical schools and medical professionals all over the United States and around the world, including in Panama and the United Arab Emirates. He founded a medical consulting company, the Williams Group, prior to completing his career as a physician for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.
Bill’s life was devoted to his family and friends, his community and coworkers, his patients, public health, and medical education. Beyond this, he loved birds, the weather, flowers, astronomy, geography, science-fiction, Caswell Beach, watching Jeopardy! with Margo, his dogs, and seeing the world.
Bill is survived by Marguerite Williams, his wife of almost 49 years; their children, Ben Williams and Sun K. Park, Daniel Williams and Brittany Williams; his sister- and brother-in-law, Harriet and Steve Kessler; his niece and her family, Kristi, Jerry, and Robyn Walters; and nephew and his family, Michael Kessler, Rosie Molinary, Abe Kessler; as well close cousins and their friends and loved ones.
A memorial service will be held when COVID-19 vaccines have been fully distributed and it is safe to gather after the pandemic. He will be interred in the columbarium at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, where his mother-in-law, the late Robyn M. Oldham, is also interred. In lieu of flowers, his family asks, if you are so moved, that you please send donations to:
Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 7845 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28226
Davidson Housing Coalition, P.O. Box 854, Davidson, NC 28036
or Davidson College Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 337, Davidson, NC 28036