As a young student in Tupelo, in probably the 6th grade, I was assigned a school project to interview someone in the community about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Welcomed into his home and seated in his living room, I interviewed Dr. Fayette Williams on what it would be like if one day I became an orthodontist.
After a wonderful life of 85 years, Dr. Williams passed away this past weekend. He was not only a highly accomplished orthodontist and a strong community supporter in North Mississippi, but he was clearly loved by his wife and children, his family and his friends. His funeral yesterday celebrated the generosity of his time and the love that he shared for all of those that crossed his path.
I am so very thankful that I was one of the many that was a recipient of his kindness. The time that Dr. Williams spent with me was one of my earliest introductions to a career that I have now enjoyed for more than 15 years. It is always sad in these times of great loss, but I am forever grateful that our paths crossed and thankful to have known this generous man.
I know I’m among the many who knew Dr. Williams and will miss him, and if you’d like to read more about his life, please feel free to read his obituary here.