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Richard "Dick" Williams

Richard L. "Dick" Williams, 70, of Roanoke, Virginia passed away on August 26, 2010.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Raymond and Virginia Gilmer Williams, of Roanoke. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Hay Williams; his children, Janet Elizabeth, Tori Brendan and his wife, Jacinda Miller, and Cari Sloan and her husband, Kenneth Maes. Also surviving is his brother, Charles Thomas; as well as four grandchildren, Erin Nicole Lawton, Rowan Oliver Williams, Evalyn Lucille Williams, and Miles Charles Maes. His surviving siblings-in-law are, Robert A. Hay, Janet Hay Means, and Jonathan C. Hay, all of California, and Debra Hay Pierce, of Richmond, Va.; his special aunt, Margaret Blythe, formerly of Irvington, N.J., and now residing in Roanoke also survives.

Dick attended Jefferson Senior High School where he lettered in basketball and baseball and the University of Houston Bauer School of Business. He was a lifetime member of the University of Houston Alumni Association. Dick began employment with the Virginia Credit Union League, serving as a statewide field representative, education director, and served as the Director of Virginia Credit Union Services, Inc. He then served as the first President/ CEO of Member One Federal Credit Union for over 35 years, retiring in March 2008.

Throughout his career Dick served as President of the Credit Union Executives Society Virginia Council, President of the Roanoke Valley Chapter of Credit Unions, was a charter member of the Virginia Credit Union League Financial Literacy Council, and a charter member and treasurer of the Roanoke Consumer Counseling Service. He was dedicated to pioneering the financial literacy movement across the state of Virginia. In addition he was an adjunct professor of business at Virginia Western Community College, served as President and Program Chairman of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club, treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Roy Stanley Miller Charitable Foundation, a member of the restoration of the Virginian Railway Passenger Station in Roanoke and served on the sub-committee for the National D Day Memorial organization. He was a member of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church.

Dick was an avid sports fan and enjoyed being a spectator and promoter of local sports. He worked for the late Virginia Tech Sports Information Director, Wendy Wiesend, as a radio broadcaster and spotter/ statistician from 1965 to 1973. Dick was also a volunteer and statistician for the Virginia Commonwealth Games and a columnist for Roanoke's Play by Play magazine. In February 2010, he was honored by being inducted into the Salem/Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame.


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