The Reverend Herman Joseph Williams Jr., 77, of Mineral, Virginia died October 23, 20 10 at Amerisist Assisted Living of Louis, Virginia. His battle with Pancreatic cancer was most courageous.
MemoriaI services will be held on Saturday October 30-2:30 pm at Woodward Funeral Chapel, 200 Fredericksburg Avenue, Louisa, Virginia, conducted by Reverend John Miller, Director of Missions, Goshen Baptist Association.
Private burial will be a Remembrance Graveside Service at Westhampton Memorial Park in Louisa.
He is survived by his wife Carmen and two children, Pastor Chester Williams and wife Dr. Cassandra Williams of Pine City, New York and Melanie Williams Toven and husband Stephen Toven of Atlanta, Georgia, a sister Barbara Dixon and her husband Dr. Harry T. Dixon of Virginia Beach, and niece Reverend Martha Kearse and husband Monty of Charlotte, North Carolina, a nephew David Dixon and his wife Brenda of Stafford, Virginia and several cousins.
Reverend Williams was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, the son of Herman Williams Sr., and Frona Wheeler Williams. Herman graduated Furman University, Greenville South Carolina and Southeastern Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he earned Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees. He also completed Doctoral classes at New York University.
Herman served churches in North Carolina, Texas, and New York. For twenty years he was with Union College Schenectady New York as Curriculum Research Program Director.
Since retiring to Mineral in 1997 he has been active in Goshen Association and Rural Institute of Theology. He also served as interim Pastor in several churches in Central Virginia. Herman was currently serving as Mineral Program Director in cooperation with John Leland Seminary in Arlington, Virginia. Teaching was his passion. He and his wife made two trips to the Holy Land which increased his teaching enthusiasm for biblical studies.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts in Herman’s memory can be made to the Leland School of Ministry, 1301 N. Hartford St. Arlington, Virginia 22201 or to RITE, Goshen Baptist Association PO Box 296 Mineral, Virginia 23117.