Augustus Dupree Williams, Jr. age 89 of Waukegan. At peace in Christ September 18, 2019. Born August 7, 1930 in Paris, TN to the union of Augustus and Lottie Lee Williams, Sr. He was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Lane College, Jackson, TN with a bachelor of Science in Mathematics where he also joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and met his first wife, Shirley Dean Cleveland.
In 1950 he was on the provisional team for the Green Bay Packers and in 1951 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving until 1954 attaining the rank of Corporal and participating in operations against enemy forces in South and Central Korea and Communist forces on the Western Korean After his discharge from the military he put his education into practice and was principal of O.H. Bernard School in Centerville, Tennessee from 1959-1964. He then worked at Camp Atterbury, IN in training and development from 1964-1968.
A.D. holds a Master’s degree in management and human relations from the University of Minnesota. His expertise in both of these areas proved useful when he served in Vietnam as Director of Human Relations Council for all of South Vietnam from 1968-1972. He did post graduate work towards a Ph.D in education administration, and as an Education Specialist he worked in various phases of the AA, FA, EM, EN, AG, and IM projects. After his return he worked for the civil service as Chief of Education at Fort Sheridan and he held the position of Deputy to the Director of Support Services Division at the Great Lakes Training Development Uni at Great Lakes Naval base. Augustus retired in 1993. During his retirement he was a substitute teacher for the North Chicago Public Schools and Waukegan Public Schools.
A.D. married in Jackson, TN in 1955 to Shirley Dean Cleveland. From that union they had 4 children. Shirley passed away on Jan., 1, 2009 in Dallas, TX. He married Joyce E. Thomas in Chicago, Il in 1976. Joyce passed away on April 12, 2014 in Waukegan, IL. Augustus a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was past president and member of the Kappa Chi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Waukegan/North Chicago, past president of the Waukegan chapter of the Lions Club International and a member of Black Catholics of Waukegan.
Augustus was the loving father of Rossana Williams of Indianapolis, Gregory Williams of Milwaukee, the late Augustus III (Diahnn Hollowell-Williams) of Indianapolis and Shirlisa (Garland) Hampton of Dallas. Fond grandfather of Dawn Williamson, Ian Eady, Jordan Williams, Colin Edwards and Demetri Morris. Great grandfather of Trey Starks, Jr.; dear brother of Peggy (late Henry) Shields of Chicago, the late Sheila Williams, late Vivian (Herman) Ware of OK, late Dexter Williams, late Jacqueline (late James) Lewis, late Paulette Williams and the late Ralph Trimble. A.D. was fond uncle and cousin to many. A special thank you to his sister in law Donna Clark and to his caregivers who lovingly supported him through his senior years; Theresa “Big Mama” Sykes, James Clinton, Bashear, Bill and Rosa Nix and a host of close friends who will truly miss him.
Visitation Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 from 4:00 to 9:00 P.M. with an Omega Service at 7:00 P.M. at SEGUIN & SYMONDS FUNERAL HOME, 858 Sheridan Road, Highwood, IL. Friends will gather at Noon on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church, at the corner of Grand Avenue and West Street, Waukegan where a funeral mass will be presided by Rev. Timothy O’Malley. Interment with military honors will follow at Mount Olivet Memorial Park, Zion, IL.
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