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Jacksonville native Pearl Williams has teamed up with her alma mater,
Jacksonville State University, to establish a new scholarship in memory of her
son Dwayne, who died in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
The Maj. Dwayne Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund will be presented to
deserving ROTC and business students at Jacksonville State University.
The fund will be administered by the JSU Foundation Inc. Pearl Williams, who
obtained bachelorís and masterís degrees at JSU, said she felt a scholarship
benefiting future ROTC and business majors at JSU was a fitting way to honor her
sonís 18-year military career.
Maj. Williams, 40, was among 184 persons killed when terrorists crashed a
hijacked plane into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. A
decorated soldier and Persian Gulf War veteran, Williams had just started
working at the Pentagon three months prior to 9/11 and was pursuing his dream of
becoming a general. Williams obtained a marketing degree from the University of
North Alabama, where he was a star receiver on its football team.
His parents, Horace and Pearl Williams, still live in Jacksonville.
His youngest brother, Roy, 42, lives in Birmingham and is a reporter with The
Birmingham News. Royís twin brother, Troy, is an Air Force veteran stationed at
a NATO base in Belgium, while older brother, Kim, 44, is retired from the Army
and lives in Arizona.
The family says they are honored that a scholarship educating future students
will help continue Maj. Williamsí legacy of service.
Donations, which are tax-deductible, should be sent to the JSU Foundation
payable to the Dwayne Williams Memorial Scholarship to Jacksonville State
University, 700 Pelham Road N., Jacksonville 36265.
For more information call JSU Foundation Inc. Executive Director Melanie
Delap toll free at 1-800-231-5291, ext. 5306 or email her at
See story at The Jacksonville News's website: www.jaxnews.com