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De Kinderen van Arent uit Aaigem (° ca 1535)

William A. Williams 1927-2009 Attorney William A. Williams was born in Long Beach, CA on July 3, 1927. He was called to our Lord and Savior on May 4, 2009. "Bill" was a self-made man. Born into extreme poverty, as a young boy, he would often stand in the Salvation Army lines for food. He endured the death of his mother when he was merely 10 years old. He and his little sister, Patsy, were separated when their mother died. The two were shuffled about to different family members throughout their youth, yet they remained close throughout the years. Bill lived for a time with his wonderful grandmother, and when she died, he ended up on the doorstep of his beloved Aunt Genoa with whom he lived with for many years. Bill worked hard as a child and young adult; selling hotdogs at the Long Beach Pike, delivering newspapers, working in a flower shop as a flower arranger, pumping gas at Park's Service Stations, and as a butcher in a meat market. His favorite meal was based upon his ability to catch rabbits, which his Aunt Genoa would prepare, along with lemon meringue pie, or fish he would catch off the Long Beach Pier. Bill told his Aunt Genoa he merely wanted to "live off the land" and go into the wilderness, and possibly meet an Indian squaw, and that's how he wanted to live out his life. (Bill was 1/4 American Indian -- Cherokee) His Aunt Genoa persuaded him to think about joining the military. He scoffed at the idea, and was prepared to make his trek into the wilderness. She agreed to let him go, after begging him to stay one more night with her. The next morning, Bill had a change of heart, and tried to enlist in the military, but he was only 17. With no formal guardian in place over Bill, a formal court hearing ensued and his Aunt Genoa became his legal guardian. Bill enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1948 and was trained as a pilot. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Midshipman. Bill was able to attend college on a G.I. Bill, and he attended Occidental College, California Institute of Technology and U.S.C. He had a fierce determination to better his life. His thirst for knowledge was unquenchable. Law school came easy for him. He passed the bar in January 1954. After a three year courtship, bill married Eleanor Caigneau of Westminster, CA, on May 2, 1954. He wanted to marry her earlier, but he postponed the wedding until he had passed the bar, and he was secure in the knowledge that their future together was on solid ground. Bill was tenacious enough to land a job with the illustrious attorney, Russell H. Pray, shortly after he passed the bar. Soon after, Bill became a partner in the firm of Pray, Price, Williams & Deatherage. Later, Bill's good friend, James B. Russell, a City Prosecutor at that time, joined the firm, and the firm has been known as Pray, Price, Williams & Russell since the 1960's. The firm is currently known as Pray, Price Williams & Picking. Bill's passions have been his family, his world traveling, his culinary expertise, fishing, his memberships in the Lion's, the Jester's, the Shriner's, The Salvation Army, the Tuna Club, the City College Foundation and St. Mary's Hospital Foundation -- to name but a few. Bill loved being an attorney for 55 years, and never missed a day of work (except to take exotic trips). He was extremely dedicated to his clients. He was a quick-witted intellectual gentleman, who, despite his upbringing, remained a steadfast, compassionate person, with an innate sense of integrity and loyalty which he consistently demonstrated as to all of his endeavors. Bill is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his daughter, Julie; her brother, Don Cook; and Bill's son, Drew Williams and his wife, Heather; two grandkids Jared and Connor; his sister, Patsy Wingren; and her children, Ann, David and Mark; cousins, Mary Jamison, Judy Nagengast and Ben Holden; cousin, Gwen Guadagno; and her children, Cherie Felix, Angela, Guadagno, Carlo Guadagno and Jimmy Guadagno. Lastly, Bill is survived by his beloved, spoiled felines, Mishka, Mukluk and Mookie, who were indeed "daddy's girls". Bill's law partners for many years, James B. Russell, Jay H. Picking, William C. Price and David M. Price also feel the void created by Bill's passing, yet they will be comforted by the countless memories they had created together as partners. A memorial mass will be held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Long Beach on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. A memorial reception will follow in the church hall, 5100 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. A private interment at Forest Lawn, Cypress, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, The Salvation Army or The Lion's Club. Forest Lawn Cypress. Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from May 7 to May 8, 2009. 415

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