Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:43

Major Richard Bly Williams

Major Richard Bly Williams, USAF, Retired, 74, of Pleasant Hill died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in his residence.

Maj. Williams was born March 3, 1944 in Pulaski Co., Arkansas, the son of Jimmy Carl Williams, Sr and Emily Ragland Williams.  

He received a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from American University.   

He played, and taught, chess and won the base championship while stationed at Lackland AFB.  

While at Lackland, he also played on the championship winning football team there.  Maj. Williams was an avid runner, and enjoyed playing both golf and baseball. He worked for a while with the FBI in Washington, DC; and also served professorships at Arkansas Tech University, UALR and Arkansas State University.  

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Conwell Williams; sons, Richard James Williams of Grady, AR, Michael Wayne Williams of Russellville, AR; grandchildren, James David Williams of Van Beuren, AR, Alexis Ann Williams of N Little Rock, AR; great-granddaughter, Littie Danielle Williams; his brother, Jimmy Carl Williams, Jr of CA; nephew, Jimmy Carl Williams, III of AR; and an aunt, Josephine Rowan, of Little Rock, AR.

Maj. Williams requested to be cremated and a memorial service to be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Rainbow Animal Rescue, PO Box 972, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the care of Hockaday Funeral & Cremation Service of Roanoke Rapids.

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