Alfred Williams, one of the Clinton 12 students who fought for the integration of Clinton High School in 1956, died Thursday, March 14. He was 83. His funeral is Saturday.
“On behalf of the Green McAdoo Cultural Organization, the City of Clinton, and the State of Tennessee, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Alfred Williams,” Green McAdoo Cultural Organization said in a statement. “Alfred passed away at The Waters Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility on March 14, 2019, surrounded by family. He was one of the Clinton 12 students that fought for the integration of Clinton High School in 1956, blazing a trail for all black students to achieve equal education under the law. He went on to work in the city school system and became one of the friendly faces of Clinton Elementary School and the ‘candy man’ until his retirement. He will be missed by family, friends, and all those blessed to know him.”
Williams was born December 6, 1935. His funeral will be Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church (Rev. William Caldwell, pastor) in Clinton. The family will receive friends from 12-1 p.m., with the service to immediately follow.
Jarnigan and Son Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
You can learn more about Green McAdoo and the desegregation of Clinton High School at the Green McAdoo website.
More information will be added as it becomes available.