- Ada, Oklahoma

November 26, 2013

Dr. C. Fred Williams


Dr. C. Fred Williams, 69, of Little Rock, UALR history professor (1971-2011) and author, was born Dec. 24, 1943, in Allen and died Nov. 23, 2013.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Willie Mae Williams, and his first wife, Glenda Belcher Williams. Survivors include his wife, Janet Hamm Williams; daughters, Laura Beth Chelf (Phil) of Southlake, Texas, and Libby Lee (Scott) of North Little Rock; son, Brad Williams of Little Rock; five grandsons, Andy and Zachary Chelf, Tag Grace, Walker Williams and Vann Lee; two brothers, Dr. Burtis Williams (Linda) of Abilene, Texas, and Dr. Curtis Williams (Norma) of Stuttgart; five sisters, Shirley Abney, Phyllis Joiner (Gary), Ginger Grant and Rita Vandergriff, all of Ada and Becky Schutte (Don) of Hooks, Texas; many nieces, nephews, cousins and treasured friends.

Dr. Williams was a graduate of Murray State in Tishomingo; East Central University, Ada; Wichita State University; and the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Little Rock; West Little Rock Rotary; Arkansas Historical Association; Agricultural History Society; AACHT; and the Southern History Association. He was also among conference leaders at LifeQuest and volunteered in Little Rock Public Schools.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR 72211 (501) 224-8300.  The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, followed by interment at Pinecrest Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the C.F. Williams Scholarship Endowment, UALR Development, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72204.

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   Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, Little Rock, Ark.