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31 May 2007
Williams Family and JSU Honor
Maj. Williams with Scholarship

Reprinted here in its entirety.

Maj. Dwayne Williams

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

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