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Herman Williams

January 17, 1950 ~ July 13, 2022 (age 72)

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Staff Sergeant Herman Williams was born on January 17, 1950.  Herman was the youngest son of six children born to the late Estelle Williams of Gainesville, AL.  On Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Herman made his transition from the physical state into the spiritual realm with his wife by his side. Herman was preceded in death by four of his siblings:  Andrew Menice, John Williams, Willie B. McWilliams and Geneva Williams.


Herman was a graduate of Sumpter County Training School.  Upon graduation he worked for the Tommy Lauder Enterprise in Birmingham, AL.  Herman began his Military career in the United States Army, Fort Jackson, SC.  He was first stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska where he was a Petroleum Supply Specialist.  He returned to Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC and became a part of the 175th Maintenance Company.  There he concluded his 32 years of military service.  He completed two tours of duty; one supporting Desert Storm/Desert Shield and then again to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his last tour in Kuwait he was medivacked to Germany and then to Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia where He retired from his military duties.  


During his military career he received several medals and honors:  Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, 

Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserved Medal, Overseas Reserved Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M-Device, and a Sharpshooter Marksmanship Badge with Rifle Bar.


On July 2, 2011, Herman married the love of his life, Cynthia Lorraine Adamson.  Into this Union a blended family of six children was formed.  Herman joined Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church in Conway, SC where He was a member of the Usher Board.  He was a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Organization and he was a member of National NABVets which is a veteran organization that caters to Black veterans.  Some of his favorite past time activities were: hunting, fishing, gardening, farming, golf, and wood-carving.  He also loved watching football, basketball and old western movies on TBN.


Herman will always be remembered for having a story to share with anyone he met or would listen.  He never met a stranger!  When he spoke to you, he had a way of making you feel like you were the only one in the room.  His laugh, kind heart, excitement about life, and his love for his family are only some of his best qualities.



Herman leaves to cherish his precious memories: His beloved wife, Cynthia A. Williams: His children; Herman Bonner of Birmingham, Alabama; Katrina Sokol (Brandon) Kass of Denver, Colorado, Brandon K.  (Shawnta’) Williams of Atlanta, Georgia, Mildred (Jermane) Walker of Aiken, South Carolina, Johnny L. Cunningham II of Jacksonville, Florida, and James (Rumbidziai) Cunningham of Atlanta, Georgia, One brother, Obie Williams of Kansas City, Missouri; one Special Aunt, Emma L. Washington of Graysville, Alabama; one son reared as his own Melvin (Sonya) Thomas of Birmingham, Alabama; three special daughters reared as his own LaTonia D. Gibson of Columbia, South Carolina; Frenkye T. Myers of Richmond Virginia; Kimberly L. Strother of Columbia, South Carolina;  three brother-in-laws; five sister-in-laws; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.


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July 19, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McKiever Funeral Home
1408 Race Path Avenue
Conway, SC 29526

Funeral Service
July 20, 2022

10:00 AM
The Oaks at McKiever Funeral Home
1408 Race Path avenue
Conway, SC 29526

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July 20, 2022

1:00 PM
Florence National Cemetery
803 E National Cemetery Rd.
Florence, SC 29506

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