Woodie Prentiss Williams, Jr.

  • Born: November 16, 1931
  • Died: April 11, 2021
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina

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Central, SC 29630

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Woodie Prentiss Williams, Jr. of Clemson died April 11, 2021. He was the son of the late Helen Pearce Williams and Woodie Prentiss Williams, Sr. of Lucedale, MS. He was born in Chapel Hill, MS in 1931.

Woodie was predeceased by a son, Charles Wyatt Williams. He is survived by his wife Winnie Vaughan Williams of Clemson, two children, Woodie Prentiss Williams, III (Debra) of Atlanta, daughter, Wanda Ann Williams Vickers (David) of Charlotte and a daughter-in-law, Ellen Williams of Greer. He is survived by two brothers Charles Williams of Simms, AL, Jimmy Williams and wife Marlene of Seneca, and a sister Ann Williams Jordan of Brewton, AL and the late Raye Williams of Lucedale, MS. There are six grandchildren, Carson Williams of Los Anaheim Hills, CA, Claire Williams of Greer, Taylor Williams and Danielle Williams of Atlanta and Davis and Dalton Vickers of Charlotte.

He received his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Education in 1953 from Mississippi State University and a Master's degree from Mississippi State University in Nutrition in 1960. He earned a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Biochemistry from Texas A & M in 1960. While in college he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, an honorary fraternity and served as President of the Mississippi State University Baptist Student Union and also President of the Mississippi Baptist Student Union in 1953.

Williams served in the Army as a First Lt. 1953-56 and remained as an officer in the Army Reserve for four additional years.

He was employed as Manager of Nutrition of the Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis and became Professor and Department Head at Clemson University in 1964 serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1993. He was President and Owner of Nutrition One, Inc for 20 years serving as an International Consultant.

He was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta and Poultry Science Association and the author of numerous publications related to methodology of amino acid analysis, protein and lipid nutrition.

In 1997 Dr. Williams was honored with a Life Time Achievement Award by the SC Food Industry Association and in 2013 he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Modern Poultry Industry.

He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation, a former member and deacon of the Clemson First Baptist Church for more than 50 years where he served as teacher of students and a men's Sunday School Class and also chairman of numerous church committees.

He was a Board member of the Clemson Downs Property Owners Association and V President of the Wexford Development Inc.

Dr. Williams was a member of First Baptist Church, Greenville.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flower donations should be given to the First Baptist Church 847 Cleveland St, Greenville, SC 29601 or the charity of choice.

Visit Robinson Funeral Home.com or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation. Central-Clemson Commons.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I have great respect for Woodie, he always had a positive and encouraging word and helped me and my family feel welcome in Clemson.

Posted by Paul Dawson - Coworker   April 22, 2021

Much Love and God's comfort to Wanda, Woodie, and Mrs. Williams....will always remember his gentle smile and eyes full of love for his family.

Posted by Holly Grove - Friend   April 14, 2021

Sad to hear about Woodie. We both worked in the P&A Building at CU (me in Agronomy and he in Food Science) for several years, and I often would meet him in passing, and he always had a smile and good word. I got to know Winnie after I retired and we talked at length about the publishing business and challenges regarding marketing our books. Winnie, Kate and I are thinking of you and your family and will keep you all in our prayers.

Posted by Jim Palmer - Friend   April 13, 2021

What a dear sweet man Woodie was. I am thankful to have made his acquaintance here at Clemson Downs.
He and Winnie enjoyed breakfast by the beautiful creek in Woodland Walk.

Posted by Fran Moseley - Clemson, SC   April 13, 2021

We always admired Woodie. He was such a good Sunday School teacher and Bible scholar. He influenced many lives. We were honored to call him friend. Prayers for Winnie and family.

Posted by Sharon and DeWayne - Friend   April 13, 2021

May our thoughts and prayers be added to those of others who share in the grief of saying goodbye to Woodie.

Posted by Jim and Vernie Roberts - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 12, 2021

Sending our sympathy to you all and remembering a good friend

Posted by Ron and Beverly Rogers - Seneca - Family Friend   April 12, 2021


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