September 1, 1949 – August 17, 2021
Columbia, South Carolina – Dr. Eddie Meek Williams, III, was born on September 1, 1949 in Columbia to his parents, Eddie Meek Williams, Jr. and Rosa Cashion Williams. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on August 17, 2021. Eddie had a love of music, history and always loved learning new things. Eddie grew up on Lake Murray and went to Irmo High School, “when it was a country school,” he would say. Eddie was the valedictorian in the ’67 class. A core group of these 67 candidates still meet for lunch monthly, and Eddie enjoyed sharing stories with them. Eddie went to Duke University and took Magna Cum Laude. He went on to medical school at Duke and completed his internship and stay at Duke Hospital.
Before beginning his professional career in Columbia, Dr. Williams and his wife, Kathie, as medical missionaries within the Medical Benevolence Foundation in Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo). Dr. Williams began his practice of pneumonia and critical care in the early 1980s. He developed his practice with a very devoted group of nurses, respiratory therapists (RT) and office workers who worked with him for many years. Dr. Williams also practiced internal medicine with Columbia Medical Group. Dr. Williams and his wife, Kathie, raised three very talented and lovely daughters. He was an active member of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and Bethel Bible study teacher. He led missionary missions to Brazil and participated in missionary efforts in Sudan.
Once he had established his practice in Columbia, his extensive care of his patients would begin early in the morning and end very late in the evening. He was loved by colleagues, nurses, RTs and other hospital staff for his diligent and passionate care. Dr. Williams met his current wife, Vickie, at the ICU. They got married in 2011 and have shared a mutual love of critical care, traveling abroad with close friends and spending time together in their lake house. Over the last few years, Dr. Williams with mobility issues related to back problems and struggled with two different cancers but continued to care for his patients for as long as he could. He was highly respected by his colleagues for his attention to detail and was loved by his patients because of his compassionate bed next door. Dr. Williams and his wife, Vickie, have been attending Union United Methodist Church in Irmo for the past 11 years. They have many friends there, but have enjoyed their Living Faith Sunday School class the most.
Dr. Williams was preceded in death by his father, Eddie M. Williams, Jr. ) Williams, his children Sarah (Andrew) Lin, Rebecca (Nate) Herring, Dr. Elizabeth (Vaughn) Braxton, Jared Horton and Jamie Horton. He also survives his precious ray of sunshine, Eleanor Herring, his grandson and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service for Dr. Eddie Meek Williams, III, 71, of Columbia, will be held at 2pm Friday, August 20, 2021 at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow Street, Irmo, SC 29063. Visit follows at Church Narthex.
Memorials may be made to the Medical Benevolence Foundation, 9555 W. Sam Houston Pkwy, Suite 170, Houston, TX 77099.
Published by the state from August 19 to August 22, 2021.
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