Gary Dean Williams passed away at his home in Oriental, N.C., the morning of Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in the loving presence of his wife, Susan, and daughter, Suzanne Russell.
Gary was born Feb. 27, 1942, in Tiffin, the eldest of four children born to Estella and Paul Williams, and descendent of several generations of glass-makers at Tiffin Glass.
A 1960 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School and 1964 graduate of Ohio University, Gary left Ohio to join the U.S. Navy and serve in Vietnam aboard the USS Bache DD-470. His naval career took him and his family around the world, including extended deployments in Hawaii and Japan, and work throughout the south Pacific, Asia and Europe.
Gary had an abiding and lifelong interest in education, from both sides of the classroom. He obtained an MBA from George Washington University and attended the Navy War College (Industrial College of the Armed Forces). He also taught at the Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Ga., and after retiring from the Navy, developed training classes for several government programs.
After relocating from Vienna, Va., to Oriental, N.C., in 1995, Gary indulged his love of the water and the Carolina coast, building a home on Pierce Creek where he could observe local wildlife, fish from his dock and boat in Pamlico Sound and the Neuse River. He was a two-term president of Oriental Rotary and strong supporter of its charity-driven fundraising projects, especially the annual Tarpon Tournament. He also was active in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, shellfish gardening through NC Sea Grant and a member of Minesott Golf Club, where he recently shot a hole-in-one.
Gary was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Paula. He is survived by his wife, Susan (nee Funk); daughter, Suzanne; two sons, Gregory and Geoffrey; five grandchildren; his two brothers, Sten and Jan; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Gary will begin at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 27, 2013, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Oriental, N.C. A burial is being planned for a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.