Clawson Lee Williams Jr., of Seven Lakes, died Friday, September 28, 2012 after a brief illness. The son of The Honorable Clawson Lee Williams and Margaret Judd Williams, he was born in Sanford, NC on September 15, 1934. Clawson attended Sanford High School and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He attended the UNC School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review.
Clawson served as Chairman of the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and a member of the Utilities Commission under Governor Dan Moore. In Sanford he was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Jaycees and Kiwanis. He was also a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the Moore County Bar Association. Clawson opened a law office in Sanford and moved his practice to Seven Lakes, where hecontinued to practice law until he fell ill.
Clawson was a kind man with a dry wit and a quick smile. In younger years he was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He had a deft hand in the kitchen and created some of the best meals family and friends ever enjoyed. A good day was a day surrounded by his cherished pets and watching his beloved Tar Heels. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Reece Berryhill Williams and his sisters Elizabeth Judd Williams, Margaret Banks Williams and Linda Williams Jernigan.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Bailey Williams; his son, Clawson Lee Williams III (Debora) of Mesa, AZ; his daughter, Jane Williams Meyer (David) of Raleigh, NC; his sister, Irene Williams Frazer of Mobile, AL; stepson, Michael Riggan (Karen) of Sanford; and two beautiful granddaughters, Dacey Layne Ritter Williams and Susanna Stratton Williams of Mesa, AZ.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Reid Heart Center, Moore Regional Hospital for their dedicated care.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Buffalo Cemetery, Sanford, NC.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.