Freddie Williams Sr.
1938 - 2020
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Freddie Williams, Sr., a great man and servant of God, departed this life on Friday, May 15, 2020. He was born on June 8, 1938 in Alco, Louisiana to the union of Volover W. Williams, Sr. and Fannie Lynch Williams. At an early age, he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and became an active member of Bethel AME Church in DeRidder, Louisiana. Freddie's education began in the Beauregard Parish School System from which he graduated Salutatorian of the 1956 graduating class of George Washington Carver High School. He relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that same year and entered Southern University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a Masters +30 in Educational Administration and Supervision. He was certified by the Louisiana Department of Education in English, Administration and Supervision and Guidance and Counseling. Freddie married Millie Marie Leggett in 1961 and to this union three children were born. Freddie entered the United States Army and served during the Cuban Crisis. He was assigned to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to serve as an English Language Instructor at Fort Buchanan Military Training Center (HQ Antilles Command). The purpose of this center was to qualify Puerto Rican trainees in the command of the English language and to prepare them for basic combat. Freddie, his wife, and new son returned to the continental United States, and he continued his work in education. He taught English at both McKinley and Tara High Schools in Baton Rouge, LA. He subsequently served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Baton Rouge Magnet High School where he was instrumental in the development of the new Magnet Program. In 1982, Freddie was asked by the Superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools to launch a new magnet program in North Baton Rouge. With $500 and a devoted Secretary, Freddie reopened Scotlandville High School as Scotlandville Magnet High School, a college-prep academic and pre-engineering magnet program. The school became a highly successful competitive program and was recognized for its partnerships, significant student achievements, and scholarship awards. After serving seventeen years as Principal of Scotlandville Magnet High School, Freddie went on to assist students at Baton Rouge Prep Academy before retiring. After retirement, Freddie did not stop being a servant leader. He became a Principal on Assignment where he served as an acting Principal for Principals on leave and a Principal Mentor for Scotlandville Magnet and Baton Rouge Magnet High Schools. Freddie was a long-time member of Bethel AME Church where he served on the Trustee Board and as the Minister of Music for many years. He was awarded Grandfather of the Year by his church family. He was also a member of the Southern University Choir, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Masons. Freddie was an original member of the notable Heritage ensemble. Freddie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Millie Marie Williams; daughters, Tirzah Williams-Smith (Larry) Baton Rouge, LA; and Angie Weems (Renaldo) Concord, CA; son, Maurice Antonio Williams (LaTaunga) Cedar Hill, TX; seventeen grandchildren: Toviah, Samantha, Savanna, Samaria, Sarena, Chelsia, Tasmin (Brittney), Tremayne, Travis, Zoe, Kai, Jozi, Dillon, Brooke, Paige, Jalen and Jade; seven great-grandchildren: Rodriana, Jayden, Zikya., Tia, Marlee, Brandon and Ella; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him dearly. Freddie was preceded in death by his parents, Volover W. Williams, Sr. and Fannie Lynch Williams; son, Freddie Williams, Jr.; brothers, Volover W. Williams, Jr., Robert Lee Williams, one sister, Bessie Mae Mullens, and nephew Marcus Williams.

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Published in The Advocate from May 20 to May 21, 2020.
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May 26, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Gwendolyn Coleman Huggins
Teacher
May 26, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marvin Jackson
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
John and Deborah Pounds
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
David Torrence and Family
Friend
May 26, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Donnettia Houston Thomas
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Carolyn Richardson Coleman
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Susan Ratcliff
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Shalindria Michelle Thomas
Student
May 26, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Elaine Pounds Thomas
Acquaintance
May 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Evelyn Harrell
Friend
May 23, 2020
Deepest sympathies on your loss. We will all miss him. May your memories comfort you in the coming days, months, and years and knowing that he rests in God's care now.
Sharon Williams
Friend
May 23, 2020
Mr. Williams was one of my favorite teachers at McKinley Sr. (Class of 1967). May he Rest In Peace. Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Marion Lee(USMC)
Student
May 23, 2020
My Condolences to the family .
McKinley High Class 1968
Student
May 22, 2020
Mr Williams was an exceptional leader and a wonderful person. He was loved and respected by us all. He left an indelible mark on all of his students. His legacy will live forever and Im so humbled to have been a part of it. With deepest sympathy. Rhonda Litt- Class of 1988/SMHS
Rhonda Litt
Student
May 22, 2020
Mr Williams was an exceptional leader and a wonderful person. He was loved and respected by us all. He left an indellible mark on all of his students. His legacy will live forever and Im so humbled to have been a part of it. With deepest sympathy. Rhonda Litt- Class of 1988/SMHS
Rhonda Litt
Student
May 22, 2020
Mr Williams was an exceptional leader and a wonderful person. He was loved and respected by us all. He left an indellible mark on all of his students. His legacy will live forever and Im so humbled to have been a part of it. With deepest sympathy.
Rhonda Litt- Class of 1988/SMHS
Student
May 22, 2020
Mr Williams was an exceptional leader and a wonderful person. He was loved and respected by us all. He left an indellible mark on all of his students. His legacy will live forever and Im so humbled to have been a part of it. With deepest sympathy.
Rhonda Litt- Class of 1988/SMHS
Student
May 22, 2020
As a member of BRMHS Class of 1979, my deepest sympathies to the family.
Bettye Gandy-Jolla
Student
May 21, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful man. We will love you and miss you always. My condolences to the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you.
Joyce S. Louden
Friend
May 21, 2020
You have my condolences. I met Mr Williams years ago as I carried for his Mom at Heritage Manor Nursing Home until her death. He was a very kind person that loved his Mom dearly.
Linda Scott
May 21, 2020
You have my deepest sympathy. Mr. Williams was an original. He recruited me to attend SMHS and it was one of the best decisions Ive ever made. I remember the meeting in his office vividly. His example and influence is one of the reasons I serve today as a H.S. Principal.
Marvin M. Evans (Class of 87)
Marvin Evans
May 21, 2020
Rest in Peace, my friend! You were a joy to work with in EBR. Condolences to Millie and family.
Dr. Gary Mathews
Coworker
May 21, 2020
You have my sincere condolences. I worked with Mr. Williams for a couple of years while he was the principal at Scotlandville Magnet High School. He was a wonderful person and a devoted educator, a genuinely fine human being. It was a privilege to have worked with him.
Jeff Smith
Coworker
May 20, 2020
I remember Mr Williams from my term at BRHS magnet (Class of 80). So sorry to hear about his passing. Coldolences and prayers to his family and friends. He was admired by alot of students during his tenure.
PAMELA PRICE
Student
May 20, 2020
So sorry for your loss. He taught me at Tara and was my favorite teacher. My condolences.
Nancy Eichelberger
Student
May 20, 2020
Mrs. Judy Augustus Guy and Family of Baton Rouge La
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