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Announcing the Transition of Reverend Dr. W. Clyde Williams

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

Greetings CME Church Family & Friends!

I am saddened to announce the transition of Reverend Dr. W. Clyde Williams on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, just minutes before midnight, while surrounded by his family in Atlanta, GA.


Reverend Dr. W. Clyde Williams retired from the Southeast Alabama Region, following years of pastoral appointments in Alabama and Georgia. Retirement did not limit his love for pastoring, as he continued to provide pastoral leadership to Tree of Life Deliverance Church gathered at the Phillips School of Theology at the ITC.


Reverend Dr. Williams has been President and CEO of the National Institute for Human Development, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, for 32 years.


Reverend Dr. Williams was the past President of Trenholm State Community College of Montgomery, Alabama from 2018-2000.


Dr. Williams was elected as the first Executive Secretary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He served as a General Officer with honor from 1986 until 1998.


Reverend Dr. Williams was a distinguished past President of Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. During his fifteen years tenure the Miles College Law School was created and opened; the C.A. Kirkendoll Learning Resources Center (Library) was completed; a Miles campus was opened in Eutaw, Alabama; community projects and business partnerships flourished under the leadership of Dr. Williams, including the erection of the W. Clyde Williams Terrace Apartments – affordable housing for the elderly, physically challenged and disabled.


The earthly remains of Reverend Dr. W. Clyde Williams have been entrusted to Murray Brothers Funeral Home, 1199 Utoy Springs Road, Atlanta Georgia 30331. Viewing and Visitation with the family is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 2022, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Homegoing Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 11:00 am At West Mitchell Street CME Church, 560 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Reverend Dr. Herman Mason, pastor of West Mitchell Street CME Church, is the officiant.


Please join me in praying for the family of Reverend Dr. W. Clyde Williams. Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Ms. Joyce L. Williams, 2805 Shoreland Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30331.


This service will be live streamed. You may join by clinking on the following Link: https://youtu.be/JTPaYXt7w90


Again, thank you for your continued prayers for the family.


Warm Regards,

C. Kelby Heath, Presiding Bishop

Fifth Episcopal District


(photo cred: Rev. Dr. Herman "Skip" Mason)

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