Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Butch Williams to speak at museum

Butch Williams Fr

Long-time educator and Minden resident Butch Williams will be featured Monday at the 42nd "Night at the Museum."

Williams was born in 1947, to Wayne and Irene Williams in Haynesville. Wayne Williams had just returned from World War II and was serving as principal at Shongaloo High School, when Butch was born.

In 1950 the family moved to Minden, where Wayne Williams continued his career moving throughout the Webster Parish School system, starting at East Side Elementary and ending up as Superintendent of Webster Parish Schools.

"'Like father, like son,' is a phrase that could easily be used when describing the two Williams men in the Webster Parish education system," Schelley Francis, executive director of the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum said. "Butch Williams would start as assistant principle at Minden High School and also end up as the superintendent of Webster Parish Schools."

Wayne Williams spent 44 years in the Webster Parish school system: He taught social studies and coached football, basketball, baseball at Shongaloo High, became principal of Shongaloo, Eastside Elementary, Minden High, Supervisor, ESEA, Title I, high school, and then became the parish school superintendent. Butch Williams followed in his father's footsteps, teaching biology-chemistry while coaching football, basketball, baseball at Minden High. At Sibley High he taught biology-chemistry, advanced physical science and coached track. He was principal for 25 years at Sibley / Lakeside before moving on to superintendent of Webster Parish School system.

"Williams will talk about his long time family involvement in the school system and the changes that have taken place in Washington and Baton Rouge that have completely altered educations as we recognize it," Brown said. "He will reflect on the 82 combined years between he and his father and their experiences in the area. He will also reflect on his family, wife Ki and the couple's three sons. Ki and Butch Williams have six grandchildren now to keep them very busy now in their retirement years."

The museum event will be held in the media/learning room at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum at 116 Pearl Street.
Museum doors will open at 5:30 p.m., Monday with first-come, first-serve seating.  Program begins at 6 p.m.; admission is free with potluck desserts and snacks welcome.

 

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