Letting the tree grow for another year in his yard was just fine with Williams. His first grandchild was born in March, so the family started calling it "Tyler's Tree" in anticipation.
Now, the family is hoping Tyler will be healthy enough to attend the tree lighting on Thanksgiving night, Williams said. The infant has been spent several weeks at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where doctors have been treating him for kidney and blood disorders.
"They really don't have a name or cause of his issues," Williams said.
A week ago, Tyler's prognosis wasn't very good. But as the tree was coming down Thursday, Williams got word from his daughter that Tyler is showing signs of improvement.
"He's been laughing more the past few days," Williams said.
A heart-shaped stump is left where the huge tree once stood. Williams said he's thrilled that so many people will be able to enjoy the tree in the upcoming weeks.
"We're going to miss it," Williams said of the tree. "But we're tickled what it's going for."