Gregory Marion Williams, 58, died April 24, 2022, surrounded by his family in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. He is now in Heaven with his Lord and Savior. Mr. Williams, a twin, was born May 22, 1963, at St Vincent Hospital in Jacksonville, Fl. He was the fourth of five boys born to Robert Wesley Williams Sr. and Marlyn Martin Cox Williams.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Heritage Church with Reverend Brad Bowen officiating assisted by Mark Mills, Joseph Schreiber, and Kent Williams. Interment will follow in Pineview Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Heritage Church.
Casketbearers will be Alex Kimbrell, John Kimbrell, David Albert, Jason Clark, Kenny Carter, and Mark Mills. Honorary casketbearers will be Joe Schreiber, Joe Quinn, Harry Maynard, Richard Tanner, Eric Knox, and David Albert.
Mr. Williams was married to Susan Marie Gaines of Moultrie, GA. on May 29, 1999, in Tallahassee, FL. They have one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Williams, who was born on March 7, 2002, in Fairfax, VA. Mr. Williams’ brothers included Robert Wesley Williams (Toby), Frederick Martin Williams, Gary Glenn Williams, and his twin brother, Kenneth Eugene Williams (Shawn). He has three sisters-in-law: Tammy Gaines, Judy Gaines Kimbrell (David) and Shawn Mucklow Williams. He has seven nephews, four nieces, two grand nephews and one grandniece. He also has ten first cousins on his side of his family and too many first cousins to count on his wife’s side. Both sides of his family came to the new world in the late 1600s and early 1700s and is Scotch-Irish a Welch.
Mr. Williams is descended from the J.R. Holcombe and Rachael Dyar families of Adairsville and Cartersville (Bartow County), GA on his father’s side. On his mother’s side, he is descended from the Cox-Martin-Barfield families from Mt. Olive, NC (Duplin/ Johnston Counties). He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and was eligible for membership in the Sons of the Confederacy.
Mr. Williams is a native of Jacksonville, Florida where he graduated from Samuel W. Wolfson High School in 1981, where he was a member of the football team. He attended Florida Community College of Jacksonville before graduating from the University of Florida in 1986 with a degree in Public Relations & Communications and a minor in Political Science with a concentration in Florida History and Southern Politics. He was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Alpha Chapter. Mr. Williams received a certificate in Campaign Management from the American Campaign Academy in Arlington, VA in 1987 and completed the Republican National Committee’s Campaign & Candidate Advance School prior to the 2000 presidential election cycle. Over the course of his career, Mr. Williams worked for Congressman Charles E. Bennett (D) as a Staff Assistant; The North Florida Builders’ Association where he established NEFBA’s Office of Government Affairs; US Senator Connie Mack (R) where he served as a Legislative Correspondent, Press Secretary and eventually as Director of the senator’s North Florida Office. When Senator Mack was Chairman of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, he was the Director of Outreach. After Senator Mack retired from Congress, Mr. Williams was appointed by President George W Bush to the US Department of Energy where he served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Congressional, Intergovernmental and External Affairs, he then was appointed as the Director of Federal-State Outreach for the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management better known as the Yucca Mountain Project. After the Administration of George W. Bush ended, he served Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) as Deputy Director of North Florida and Regional Representative of Public Liaison, for Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam as a Document Inspector in the Office of Concealed Weapons at the Florida Department of Agriculture. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) appointed Mr. Williams as Chief of Staff / Senior Energy Advisor for the Maryland Energy Administration in the Maryland Department of the Environment. In 2021, Mr. Williams started The Westhaven Consulting Group, LLC where he focused on External Affairs, Congressional and State Legislative Affairs, Political Consulting, Logistics, and Energy Policy. Mr. Williams was active in politics at an early age and has volunteered and as a paid staff member on numerous state and federal political campaigns over the course of his collegiate and professional career. As a result of his professional and alumni involvement, Mr. Williams received and became an Alumni member of Florida Blue Key in 1996.
Mr. Williams hobbies included swimming, reading and learning about America’s founding period, genealogy, political debate and following and cheering for his beloved Florida Gators and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Outside of politics, Mr. Williams has taught Civics, US Government, Economics and World History at the middle and high schools in Wakulla County, FL. After living in Jacksonville FL, Tallahassee FL, Crawfordville FL, Fairfax VA, Arlington VA, Springfield VA, and Severna Park MD, Mr. Williams and his family live in Moultrie, GA and attend Heritage Chapel in Moultrie, GA.
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