The Reverend Dr. David Anthony Williams
1945 - 2021
BORN
1945
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
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232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
The Reverend Dr. David Anthony Williams Mt. Pleasant - The Reverend Dr. David Anthony Williams died at home in Mt. Pleasant, SC on September 14, 2021. Diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (a brain tumor) this past March, he was cared for by Lutheran Hospice in his final weeks. David was born in Pennsylvania in 1945, son of Percy and Clementine Salese Williams and grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He began playing the piano early in life and became an accomplished jazz pianist and musician. He charmed Linda Bready of Chalfont with his music. Years before they were engaged, she asked him to play piano at her wedding, and he did when they married in October 1970. After graduating from DeSales University in 1969, he went on to earn advanced degrees from The Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA and Andover Newton Theological Seminary and was ordained Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania in January 1973. His first church was St. John's Church Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, known as the Church of the Presidents, where he was Assistant Minister from 1973-78, and later served at St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown. He also worked as a certified pastoral counselor and psychotherapist during his years in the greater DC area, with both the Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers and in private practice. David later moved to Charleston, SC in 2004 when he accepted a call to serve as Rector of St. Stephen's Church in Ansonborough. He was the Board President of the Charleston Area Senior Citizens, a member of the St. David's Society and was promoted to Commander of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem this past summer. After his retirement in 2015 he enjoyed volunteering at Fisher House Charleston which serves military families. During his ministry, he married over 150 couples, and performed many baptisms and funerals. After retirement, David was always eager to step into a church as the visiting clergyman. His sermons were aimed to teach and to make the scripture reading relevant to the way we live and interact today. David is survived by his wife, Linda; his sister, Bonnie Williams Flahive of Bedford NH; and his brother, Bob Williams of Doylestown, PA. His five nieces and nephews nicknamed him "Dr. Fun Socks" as he was always ready with wild socks, a laughing hug and an adventure. He had a boundless love for his dogs - Jessica, Abigail, Chelsea, Abigail II and Andy. Many friends commented, 'In my next life I want to be Uncle Dave's dog'. Always a strong swimmer, he also enjoyed scuba diving, ran the Marine Corps Marathon twice and was an avid cyclist. After retirement he took up competitive pistol shooting and worked diligently at refining his skills. A service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Stephen's in October. No date has been set. Memorial donations in David's name may be made to Fisher House Charleston, 150 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/charleston
Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Sep. 17 to Sep. 18, 2021.
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David, Thus it has begun, passing forward into the Promises of God whom you so devoutly served throughout your life. You are face to face in that Eternal Divine Glory. . What Amazing Grace is that - ! You Always Believed - Our Beloved Loved Ones Continue to Dwell , Live in every corner of our Hearts - Even into Eternity with unbroken Bonds. May your Wife and Andy and All family take great comfort in your Everlasting Spirit and Communion.
JMB
September 20, 2021
Rev. David Williams and his loving wife Linda lived next door to us in Isle of Palms for many years. David was a true gentleman and friend. He loved to ride his bike and greeted everyone with a smile. It was an honor to know him and be in his company. We were happy to be with him the weekend before his passing. He was a dedicated and loyal pastor to his parishioners. David will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our condolences to his wife Linda and his family. May David Rest In Peace
Pat and Judy Keogh, Naples Fl
September 19, 2021
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