Staff Reports – The Volusia County community is mourning the death of School Board Chairman Dr. Alfred Williams who died on Oct. 1 at Halifax Health Medical Center. Williams was 70.
Visitation is scheduled Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Basilica of St. Paul Catholic Church, 317 Mullaly St., Daytona Beach. A funeral service is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8:30 a.m. at Basilica of St. Paul Catholic Church.
Williams, a Port Orange resident, had been a school board member since 2004 and had just won a second term.
The Volusia County Schools website states that Williams was a former teacher and professor and worked as an educational consultant for low-performing high schools for Chicago Public Schools.
He was executive director of the personnel department for the Austin Independent School District and served eight years as a Volusia County School Board member from 1984-1992.
The former General Electric executive earned a doctoral degree in educational administration from Columbia University, a master’s degree from both Northeastern University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Minnesota.
Dr. Williams represented District 2, including the Greater Daytona Beach area, Daytona Beach Shores, Ponce Inlet, South Daytona and a portion of Port Orange.
“This news is quite a shock to me about Dr. Williams. He was a well-respected leader in the community who fought for both students and personnel within the Volusia County School System. He was a member and staunch supporter of the NAACP. Dr. Williams will be truly missed,” Cynthia Slater, president of the Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP chapter told the Daytona Times on Monday.
Check back for more updates on this story and see a full report in Thursday’s print issue of the Daytona Times.