Charles Thomas ‘CT' Williams
Charles Thomas “CT” Williams, age 66, passed away at his home in Cullman, Ala., on Feb. 14, 2014, after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer.
Mr. Williams was born on Feb.1, 1948, in Coweta County, Ga., the son of the late Thomas Henry Williams and Frances Wood Williams. He grew up in Sharpsburg, Ga., and graduated from East Coweta High School in 1966. He was a member of Sharpsburg Baptist Church.
Mr. Williams attended West Georgia College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1971, after which he served in the US Army from April 1971 to March 1973. He received an honorable discharge from the Army on March 19, 1973.
After his discharge, Mr. Williams returned to West Georgia College on the GI Bill toearn a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology, his ?rst academic love. He spent the next 35 years working in the ?eld of industrial geology, ?rst with Dixie Lime and Stone, then with Florida Rock Industries in Jacksonville, Fla. He traveled across the southeast, and especially Florida, becoming an authority on the geology of Florida. He retired from Florida Rock Industries in June 2011. CT enjoyed traveling in the United States and Europe, and gave everyone who accompanied him the “geology tour.”
He accumulated a distinguished and faithful group of friends and colleagues during his career. He and his wife ful?lled a 20-year dream of ?nding their retirement home on Lewis Smith Lake in north central Ala., moving there in June 2012. It was their anticipation to live there and complete many projects to perfect their home through their retirement years.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kathy Holland Williams, with whom he reconnected 20 years after college and married on July 15, 1988. They made their home in Jacksonville, Fla., from 1988 to 2012. He is survived by his step-daughter, Noelle (Felton) Buchanan, and four grandchildren, Logan, Dylan, Nathan, and Gretchen Buchanan. Mr. Williams is also survived by ?ve sisters, Esther White, Lynne (Frank) Sullivan, Larah (Michael) Miller, Joy Whitworth, Gay Shipley; and his sister in friendship and love, Mary Lynne Miller.
Survivors also include CT’s adopted family, his Holland in-laws, whom he loved, respected, and felt a part of; his mother-in-law, Louise Holland; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Warren and Sharman Holland, Ginnie and Steve Prater, Lou Anne and Greg Williams, Donna and Jim Baldwin; and an array of nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grandnephews.
The family will receive visitors at Rainwater Funeral Home, Bowdon, Ga., on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of Rainwater Funeral home on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Charles Litzell officiating. Interment will follow at the Holland Family Cemetery at First United Methodist Church of Bowdon, Ga. Frank Sullivan, Thomas Sullivan, Felton Buchanan, Warren Holland, Greg Williams, Jim Baldwin, and Steve Prater will serve as pallbearers.
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Rainwater Funeral Home, 317 North Carroll Street, Bowdon, Georgia 30108, 770-258-7239
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Rainwater Funeral Home, Bowdon, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements.