By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) announced in a statement, “Today, the state of Alabama and the citizens of Limestone County lost a dedicated public servant in the passing of Rep. Dan Williams. Mayor Dan, as he was affectionately called, was a hard-working and effective legislator who worked tirelessly for his constituents. His perpetual good cheer and devoted friendship will be greatly missed in the halls of the State House. Susan and I offer our sincere condolences and prayers to Representative William’s family and the people of the 5th district.”
Rep. Jack Williams (R-Vestavia) wrote on Facebook, “Please remember the family of my friend and colleague Dan Williams who’s battle with leukemia ended today. Dan was the long time Mayor of Athens and was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. He was a very kind man and an excellent public servant. Dan was not afraid to speak of his faith – but the exemplary way he lived his life, served his community and loved his family spoke much louder than the words he spoke. Our legislative body was enriched because of Dan’s service. His easy going personality, his laughter and his strength of character will be missed. But Dan’s memory will not be forgotten. He leaves a lasting legacy in the city of Athens and in the state of Alabama. God bless and comfort his family and friends.”
Rep. Tim Wadsworth (R-Winston County) said, “Representative Dan Williams died today. He represented Limestone County. He was a well respected legislator and a good man. Prayers should be given to his family.”
In a statement on February 10 Rep. Dan Williams said that after a bout with pneumonia and a blood infection doctors discovered that he had leukemia.
Representative Dan Williams was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives on November 2, 2010. Williams graduated from Athens High School and from Auburn University.
Representative Williams served as mayor of Athens from 1992 until 2010 and served as a member of the Athens City Council from 1984 until 1992. Prior to that, he served on the Athens City Board of Education from 1979 until 1984. Rep. Williams was a retired first sergeant with the Alabama Army National Guard’s 1343rd Engineer Battalion based in Athens.