Louis A. Williams
ENNIS — Louis A. Williams, 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, following surgery and a brief illness. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Corsicana. Louis was born Feb. 8, 1924, in Flynn, to Joe B. Williams and Clara Lee Latimer Williams, and was the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Corsicana High School, St. Mary’s University and Northern Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and completed 26 missions in the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and Seven Oak Leaf Clusters. Louis maintained a dedicated optometry practice for over 40 years in Ennis, and was fondly referred to as “Doc”. During his practice five immediate family members were licensed optometrists in the state of Texas. He was a founding director and secretary of the Landmark Savings and Loan in Ennis. He took pride in being a member of the community. He enjoyed helping local organizations, and his contribution to the Ennis Public Library resulted in students traveling to the state capital to see the legislature in session. Louis continued to reside in Ennis after his retirement, thoughtfully dispersed his favored $2 bills and other gifts to children and adults wherever he went, read avidly, and cherished visits with family and friends. His life is celebrated with loving memories by friends and loved ones. Survivors: Daughter, Elizabeth Williams; son, Steven Williams; former wife and close friend, Jessica Ray; nephew, Cloyd Parker; grandnephew, Cloyd Garrett Parker; grandniece, Cynthia Drake; great-grandniece, Michaela Drake; and great-grandnephews, Colby Joseph Parker and Brady Parker. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of Louis’ passion for reading and education, his family encourages donations in his memory be made to the Ennis Public Library, 501 W. Ennis Ave., Ennis, Texas 75119 Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Rd., 817-336-0584.