David M. Williams
Friday 6th of April 1945 - Saturday 8th of January 2022
David M. Williams of Lexington passed away Saturday January 8, 2022 at the age of 76.
Dave was predeceased by his parents, Lilian and John Williams, and his brother John Williams.
Beloved husband of 55 years of Janie, father of Susie (Kenny) Basham and Kathy (Doug) DeHart. Grandfather to David (Renee) Basham, Kristina (Scott) Caudill, Daniel DeHart and Reese DeHart. The Greatest to Elijah, Adelaide, and Emori Basham and Teddy Caudill.
Dave graduated from Western Kentucky University. He and Janie then moved to Kuttawa, KY where he worked at Eddyville Penitentiary. He then worked in Louisville at Eastern Airlines and Kraft Foods. He was transferred to Lexington and later had a career in banking and Kentucky state government prior to working for CBA International where he retired in 2015.
Dave was a leader in the community and made the world a better place. He was past president of the Kentucky Jaycees and the Lexington Rotary Club. He served with Leadership Lexington, Girl Scouts Wilderness Road Council, Volunteer Center, Ashland - Henry Clay Estate, and South Elkhorn Christian Church. He trained many folks on parliamentary procedure and how to serve on a non-profit board.
He truly lived a life of service above self. When not serving others, he could be found on the golf course. He was affectionately called the commissioner and had a group of guys that played every Saturday. He had organized the DMW Invitational Golf Tournament for many years and in recent years served as one of the volunteer chairman for the Barbasol PGA Tournament.
Dave also enjoyed traveling with friends and family, and liked to say he traveled the world with Janie. He also spent decades cheering on the University of Kentucky football, Men’s and Women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball teams, watching any other sport on ESPN, telling jokes and stories, and doing puzzles. He will be missed by so many.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund, 401 Main Street, Ste. 305, Lexington, KY 40507.
Janie... The world without dear ole Dave is a different place. I share the sorrow of so many who considered him a friend and colleague in service. Many of his jokes/stories were amateur (he knew) but always funny to the point that folks would repeat them. A great tribute to a joker. When Dave would drive Jack and me to Mid-South PETS (Rotary meeting) in Nashville we would bail out of the car laughing like kids. Dave didn't disappoint on a road trip. Know you have the support and love of so many folks as you enter this stage of life and we all pay tribute to dear ole Dave. With condolences. Mac Wall
Dave. Was a mentor to me always sound advice. A true example of service above self. God bless all of his family.
Clancie Atherton Specksays
Janie, I want to offer my deepest sympathy for your loss of David, whose death I just learned of today. I know he was a fine man and a great husband and father. I know how much he loved jokes and joking around. I remember him with smiles from the joking he carried on during our high school years, especially. He could always make me laugh. I also enjoyed talking with him and you at the last class reunion you two attended. I have the same happy recollections of you, and you are in my prayers now as you go through a new way of living without David. I am almost four years ahead of you on that walk and know it can be difficult. My strongest suggestion is that you lean on Jesus for strength and comfort, and trust that God will be with you. I am still in E'town and would welcome a call from you if you are in town. My phone is still listed under Jerry Speck. Again, I extend my sympathy to you and all your family. Clancie
Barry L. Kennedysays
Dave was State President of KY Jaycees when I was State Pres in NE. Our group formed a fraternity that has now lasted over 45 years. Dave was serious when he needed to be, but kept us all laughing when that was appropriate. I will never forget him walking into the Oval Office at the White House and telling President Ford,, “I always did like Fords better than Chevies”. Even the President laughed at that one. Our thoughts and prayers are with Janie and the family. Barry and Diane Kennedy
Barbara R Plymalesays
Janie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. I did not get the opportunity to know David very long; but he sounds like a wonderful contributor to every community where he lived and worked. May the peace and comfort of God surround you and your family as you cope with your loss.
Kip and Rhonda Bellsays
Janie, we are heartbroken to learn of Dave’s passing. He was so full of life and made our life richer having known him. Prayers for you and your family. May God give you comfort and peace. Love always, The Bells