Carl David "LD" Williams

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Carl David "LD" Williams

Carl David "L.D." Williams, 68, former tow boat engineer, died Thursday, November 11, 2021 at his residence in Greenville, MS.       A reception and a meeting of "Story Tellers" in his honor will be 3:00 PM Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Mortimer Funeral Home. The year was 1953. Frank Sinatra, the Lone Ranger, and the game "Scrabble" were all big in popularity. The average family annual salary was $3700, Eisenhower entered his first term, and Elvis Presley recorded his first song at Sun Records in Memphis. On September 17th, 1953, E. Z. Williams and Laverne Williams welcomed their son, Carl David Williams to this world in Eudora, AR. David was a very proud 61 inches tall, and blessed with a voice that would carry and fill up every room he walked in; he was not a man who whispered. David spent his elementary years in Greenville, The Williams family spent some time in Memphis, and David attended middle and high school there, near Whitehaven, TN. He spent his adult life in Greenville.   Due to the fact that there were too many "Carl Williams" and "David Williams" in the Greenville Phone Book, David would become known and listed in the  phone book as, "L.D." Williams; derived from his long being called "Little David" by friends. During that time, he worked at his mother's upholstery shop, Laverne's Upholstery. He also worked in the Tow Boat Industry, eventually becoming an engineer on the tow boat. L.D. achieved a black belt in Shotokan karate. Aside from that, L. D. was known for "having a good time, and entertaining folks", he organized community concerts on the fairgrounds for years in Greenville. He was an avid boater and loved the Mississippi River. Mark Twain seemed to be a hero of his. He was a member of the Greenville Yacht Club for many years. He even spent nine years as a Greenville Yacht Club Board Member; before he learned his lesson, that you cannot satisfy a large amount of folks at the same time, and did not seek re-election.    L.D. loved to read books and collected first editions.  L.D. loved music; ZZ Top, David Bowie, Jimmy Hendrix, and Johnny Winter. After a break up with a girlfriend, he listened to "Forecast Calls For Pain" by Robert Cray therapeutically for weeks. He was a very proud man, a photographer, a collector of old cameras, an executor of the "All-American Push-Up", he was a living room comedian, he told a few good lies, and he loved to laugh.  He loved to talk, seek wisdom of his elders,  and make an impression on a stranger. He loved to tell stories and re-live his very eventful life; and we all loved to listen, as he captured his audience with gestures and acting out the plot. L.D. Williams was "Greenville Famous". L.D. is preceded in death by his parents, E.Z. and Laverne Williams. He is survived by his brother, Larry Don (Rachel) Williams of Sherwood, AR; brother, Richard Eugene (Kaye) Williams of Southaven; sister, Brenda Caroll (Bob) Jaynes of Lowell, AR; sister, Rebecca Ann Worbington of Lowell, AR; several nieces; and many friends who will miss his presence dearly. Mortimer Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
September 17, 1953 - November 11, 202109/17/195311/11/2021
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