Bulletin Staff Report
FORT WORTH — Bennie Williams, former coach and professor at Howard Payne University, died Sept. 9 at a Fort Worth care facility.
Williams, a 1948 HPU graduate, retired from the University of Texas at Arlington after serving 22 years there as a professor of mathematics. He was associate chairman of the mathematics department at UTA from 1974-82.
Williams served in the 36th Infantry Division during World War II, and was a survivor of the Iwo Jima campaign, having served as a lieutenant and forward observer as U.S. troops occupied the island.
A former football all-conference center, Little All-American selection and team captain for the Yellow Jackets, Williams was hired in 1948 as an assistant football coach at HPU. In 1956, he was named head football coach and athletic director, serving in both capacities for six years before moving to Austin to pursue doctoral studies.
Williams, a member of the Sports Hall of Fame and a Distinguished Alumnus at Howard Payne, received the master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1952 and 1966, respectively.
Williams and his wife, Betty, also a graduate of HPU, have four children — Nan, Blake, Bradley and Brent.
Memorial graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the DFW National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Lane B and Shelter B.