9-11 ceremony set: Community will remember one of its own tomorrow
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Pearl Williams in front of her son Dwayne’s monument holding a book she wrote in remmembrance of him. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Pearl Williams in front of her son Dwayne’s monument holding a book she wrote in remmembrance of him. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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Maj. Horace Dwayne Williams’s mother, Pearl, and his widow, Tammy, will lay a wreath at a monument in memory of Williams and others at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at city cemetery, just off Church Street.

Brooke Raulerson, a sixth-grade student at Kitty Stone Elementary School, will lay a flower at the monument. Brooke was named winner of the Maj. Dwayne Williams Citizenship Award last year.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at First Baptist Church.

Maj. Williams was 40 when he was killed in a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. He worked in personnel at the Pentagon when the building was hit by hijacked American Airlines 77 killing 58 onboard the plane and 125 inside the Pentagon. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Maj. Williams and others in the armed services who gave their lives for their country and all those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered at the ceremony.

Maj. Williams graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1979. He was named the most valuable player on the football team that year, helping him earn a full football scholarship to the University of North Alabama in Florence. He received a marketing degree from Jacksonville State University in 1983. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army as a private first class. After being named a distinguished graduate of Ranger School and becoming a paratrooper, he was recommended for officers’ candidate school.

His son, Tyler, was a senior in high school when he was killed. Tyler has a marketing degree from the University of Alabama and works for Fed Ex in Orlando, Fla. He has a son, Dwayne, 4.

Williams’s daughter Kelsey received an education degree from Union College in Jackson, Tenn. Her daughter, Tyler, is 6.

His widow Tammy lives in Florence and his father, Horace, resides at NHC Place in Anniston.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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