George Edward (Eddy) Williams
Eddy left his loving family and friends to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Nov. 4, after a courageous fight. As he said, “He never gave up, but gave into God’s will.”
Eddy was born in Demopolis on Dec. 18, 1961 to George E. Williams Sr. and the late Frances Miller Williams. Eddy fell in love and married his high school sweetheart, Donna. They were blessed to be married for twenty nine years. The center of his life was his son, Josh. When asked what Donna and Josh meant to Eddy, all he could say was everything. He was so fortunate to have these loving people in his life. They are the reason he fought as valiantly as he did. They made their home in Lafayette, LA.
He earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Louisiana State University. Eddy was a practicing litigation attorney and counselor to all his clients. He treated his clients, no matter if a large company or an individual, with the respect, integrity and honesty for which he entered the profession. He was proud to be an attorney.
Eddy served on many boards and in many organizations including: the Lafayette Parish Bar Board of Directors, AOC Board of Directors, Advisory Board for AOC Foundation, Community Advisory Board for the Lafayette Junior League, Invited Member to the Oxford University Round Table, LSU Alumni Association, LSU Law Alumni, Honorary Member of Pi Kappa Alpha/LSU, Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
Eddy’s greatest joy was his family. He so enjoyed time with them whether at LSU games, hunting, fishing, golfing, or just spending time at home with them and his pets, Chandler and Bella. As long as he was with his family, he was completely happy.
Eddy is survived by his wife, Donna and his son, Josh, both of Lafayette; his father, George E. Williams, Sr. of Demopolis, AL; one sister, Kathryn Williams Owings and her husband Keith of Lafayette; his mother and father-in-law, Gerald and Ann Parsons of Demopolis, Alabama; one sister-in-law, Teila Lee and her husband Windham of Demopolis, Alabama; two brother-in-laws, Don Parsons and his wife, Karen of Demoplis, Alabama and Dale Parsons and his wife, Stephanie of Moundville, Alabama; nieces and nephews, Leslie Morrison, Heather Parsons, Nelson, Zachery and Chase Parsons, Miley and Windham, Jr. Lee; his special aunt, Joan Miller of Roswell, New Mexico, who helped his family take care of him during his last weeks; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Eddy is also survived by his adopted family, his office staff, who stood by him throughout his practice and his recent illness. Eddy also leaves behind his “second” sons: Matt Rainbolt, Andrew Gossen, David Ziegler, Adam Porche, Jacob Alleman, Grant Freeman, Evan Edwards, Zack Chambers and Zach McMath.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 8, 2012, at a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lafayette. Visitation was observed in Martin & Castille’s DOWNTOWN Lafayette location on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 1-8 p.m. A private viewing for the family was on Thursday before the service. A Rosary was prayed on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Martin & Castille Funeral Home.
The reverend Steven C. LeBlanc, pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lafayette, was the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Lectors will be Mike Baumbach and Dr. Lige Dunaway. Giftbearers will be Kathy Owings, Leslie Morrison, Teila Lee and Miley Lee. Eulogist will be David Rainbolt.
Pallbearers were Joshua Williams, David Rainbolt, Duane Alleman, Dr. Lige Dunaway, Mike Baumbach, Tim Collins, Frank Vitrano, Paul Willingham and Keith Owings.
Honorary Pallbearers were Chad Pitre, Honorable Patrick L. Michot, Rene Judice, Tommy Huval, Craig Stansbury, Mike Neustrom, Phil Gossen, Billy Miller, Robby Miller, Tim Morrison, David Clarke, Windham Lee, Gerald Parsons, Chris Starling, Dr. Dave Davis, Dr. Carl Sheely, Tom Baggett, Mark Flessner, Matthew Rainbolt, Andrew Gossen, David Ziegler, Evan Edwards, Grant Freeman, Zack Chambers and Zach McMath.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Eugene Brierre, Eric Buller PA, the staff of Louisiana Oncology Associates, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center oncology nurses, Lafayette General Medical Center radiology staff and Hospice of Acadiana, for their compassion and kindness to us during Eddy’s illness.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the people of Demopolis for their cards, food, gifts, and prayers during Eddy’s illness.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Williams’ name to American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 (www.cancer.org) or to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston St., Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503 (www.HospiceAcadiana.com).
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