Date: August 26, 1997
Contact: Brian Logue (540) 463-8676
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Syracuse graduate coached at W&L for 36 years and played in the NFL

Boyd Horace Williams Jr., former assistant football coach at Washington and Lee University, died Tuesday morning in the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke. He was 75 years old.

Williams began his coaching career at W&L in 1954 when he agreed to serve as coach of the school's junior varsity team when the varsity season was cancelled due to a shortage of players. Williams, then a local insurance agent, led the makeshift team to a record of 2-1-1 with wins over varsity teams from Hampden-Sydney and Bridgewater. When varsity football resumed in 1955, Williams remained on staff as an assistant coach, a role he filled until the summer of 1990.

His tenure was highlighted by the teams of the early 1960's that went 29-1-1 over a 31-game stretch from 1959 to 1963. The 1961 team was voted the Outstanding Small College Team in the Nation by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club and the 1962 team won the College Athletic Conference championship. Williams also served as an assistant coach on W&L's 1981 and 1985 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship teams.

Williams, a native of Spangler, Pa., played four years of football at Syracuse University where he was a two-year starter as a center and linebacker. After graduating from Syracuse in 1943, Williams served three years in the Air Force as a physical education instructor. In 1946 he joined the Richmond Rebels professional football team and also worked as a line coach at Randolph-Macon College. Williams then played with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL during the 1947 season before playing another year with the Rebels in 1948. Following the end of his playing career he served as a line coach at VMI in 1949 and 1950 and was then the line coach at the University of Richmond in 1951 and 1952.

Williams is survived by his wife, Dorothy Brinser Williams, Lexington; one son, Boyd Horace (Chuck) Williams III, Chattanooga, Tenn.; one daughter, Nancy W. McCormick, Lexington; two brothers, Richard K. Williams, Beaufort, N.C.; George Williams, Cockeyesville, Md.; one sister, Jane Galentine, Meadsville, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Michael Brandon McCormick and Brooke Brinser McCormick.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm, Thursday, August 28, 1997 from the graveside in the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery with Dr. Louis Hodges officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Lexington Lifesaving & First Aid Crew.


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