Douglas Elwood Williams

Douglas Elwood Williams, 89, of Hopkinsville passed away on November 19, 2020 after a short battle with COVID-19. The son of the late Morton (M.G.) Williams and Julia Lancaster Williams, Doug was a proud University of Kentucky graduate (’54) and Army veteran. Doug counted himself lucky to have two wonderful daughters, Beth (John) Roark of Murray and Becki (Freddie) Wells of Hopkinsville. One of Doug’s favorite roles was as “Granddaddy” to granddaughter Sarah (Phillip) Whitaker and “Papa” to his great granddaughter Ellery. Doug was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Caroline Croft Williams.

Born in to an entrepreneurial spirited family, Doug worked in the Williams’ grocery store at Fruit Hill, later with the Pierce & Williams Hatchery and the M.G. Williams Implement Company. Co-owner of Williams Chevrolet, perhaps his most fond career memories came from his time working with his father and brothers Ellsworth (deceased) and Johnny. Were he still here with us, Doug could tell you which car you purchased, the year you made your purchase, and likely what you paid. In later years, it’s hard to say whether he was more well known for his love of golf, or his ability to convince you a promotional item was just what you needed. The founder of Williams Advertising, Doug worked up until shortly before his death doing what he loved — talking with his customers, writing up their pen and calendar orders, and refusing to be convinced by Sarah that computers were the most efficient way to conduct business.

In lieu of a traditional service at this time, the family asks that you share memories of Doug by sending them to P.O. Box 12, Hopkinsville, KY 42241 or to

Doug would have appreciated those wishing to make a memorial contribution in his honor consider the Pennyroyal Center for Homeless Veterans.

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