Dale Williams was the head coach for state championship teams in 1977 and 1981 at Waycross.

Hall of Fame Waycross coach Dale Williams dies

A graveside service former Waycross football coach Dale Williams will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. in his hometown of Valdosta, where he was a star quarterback. 

Williams, a member of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, died on Wednesday while in hospice care. He was 79. 

Williams was the quarterback for state-championship teams at Valdosta in 1956 and 1957. He was an all-state player as a senior and earned a football scholarship to Georgia, where he backed up roommate Fran Tarkenton at quarterback. He also played linebacker and safety for the Bulldogs. 

Williams was a high school coach in Georgia for 32 seasons at Dodge County (1964-65), Baker of Columbus (1966-71), Waycross (1972-93) and Ware County (1994-95). His Waycross teams won state titles in 1977 and 1981, the latter with his son, Todd, as the quarterback. Todd Williams also became a quarterback at Georgia. 

Dale Williams’ record as a head coach was 230-122-3. He ranked in the top 15 all-time in Georgia victories at his retirement. 

Williams also is a member of the Waycross/Ware County and Valdosta High School sports halls of fame.

The family was to receive friends on Saturday at Miles-Odum Funeral Home from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday’s graveside service will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta at 2 p.m.

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