Born July 30, 1930, Eldredge M. Williams died January 2, 2018. Mr. Williams began his 44-year long career with Universal Life Insurance as a Soliciting and Collecting Agent in Little Rock. In 1993, he was named Executive Vice President/ Chief Operations Officer.
Mr. Williams served in the United States Air Force until he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1952. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1956 from AM & N College (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), and he completed courses in Accounting, Taxation, and Office Management from the University of Memphis in 1968.
Mr. Williams was a member of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church for over 50 years. He served in many capacities, including on the New Building Planning Commission, as well as Moderator (1988) and Vice Chairman of the Trustees Board. He also served the larger church, Disciples of Christ, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Benevolent Association and as a member of the Centennial Steering Committee.
Mr. Williams served his community in many capacities, including as board member of the Chickasaw Council Boy Scouts. Notably, he served as Scout Master, Cub Scout Master, and Troop Coordinator for Troop and Pack 144. Mr. Williams was also a board member of the Black United Fund, Girls Club of Memphis, Leadership Memphis, Memphis and Shelby County Youth Guidance Commission, Partners in Public Education, and United Way of the Mid-South.
A Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mr. Williams was initiated into the Gamma Delta Chapter of AM & N College in 1956 and later served as President of the Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter of Memphis for three years.
Mr. Williams was married to Shadyne Carey Williams for 63 years until her death in October 2017. They have three children – Ron (Martha), Doug (Carolyn) and Kimberly Collins (Harold). They also have six grandchildren – Ron II and Darryl Spencer Williams, Winston Williams and Krisden Covington (Trenton), and Sydney and Erin Collins, and two great grandchildren – Kaylin and Kennedi Covington.
Services for Mr. Williams will be at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (70 N. Bellevue Blvd.). Visitation is Thursday, January 11 (5-7 p.m.), and Celebration of Life begins Friday, January 12 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Manna Outreach Ministry, C/O Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue, Memphis, 38104 or Alpha Memphis Education Foundation Scholarship Fund, 4122 Barton Drive, Memphis, 38116.