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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