Originally created 02/27/06

G. Pat Williams, M.D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - .-Dr. G. Pat Williams (George Patterson) died at home on Saturday, February 25, 2006, after a long-fought battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 2, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, with The Very Reverend Robert D. Fain officiating, assisted by The Reverend Stephen C. Britt, The Reverend Dr. J. Andrew Menger, The Reverend Dr. G. Daniel McCall, and The Reverend L. Curtis Johnson. Burial will follow in the churchyard. Dr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Aaron Wesley Williams, Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife of twenty years, Bunny Simon Williams; three daughters, Karen (David) Whittle of Dalton; Kim (Mark) Capers of Augusta; Kathy (Ronnie) Johns of Chattanooga; four sons, George P. Williams, Jr. (Erika) of Cincinnati; Robert Wesley Patterson Williams, Paul Simon Patterson Williams, and Ashley Leverett Patterson Williams all of Augusta; one sister, Peggy Williams DeWeese, Athens; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Dr. Williams was born at home on September 11, 1937, to Mae Patterson and Aaron Wesley Williams in Cornelia, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1958 and the Medical College of Georgia in 1962. He did his internship at Spartanburg General Hospital. He was called into service and served as a captain in the United States Army and the National Guard. He then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia and went into practice with Dr. William S. Boyd in 1969. Dr. Williams practiced for 31 years, delivering nearly 11,000 babies, before being forced to retire due to his illness. His patients always came first and he considered each one a friend. Dr. Williams truly loved his work. Many physicians make a living with medicine; Dr. Williams made medicine his life. Over the years he continued to seek the latest in research and technology so that he could offer up-to-date care. He was a gifted surgeon and diagnostician and patients were referred to him from all over the southeast. People waited long hours to see him, but were rewarded by his undivided attention for whatever amount of time they needed. Dr. Williams was a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He served as President of the Augusta OB-Gyn Society and was a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, Southern Clinical Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Richmond County Medical Society and many professional societies related to bladder and laparoscopic surgery and, in fact, performed the first laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy in the CSRA in 1991. At St. Joseph Hospital he chaired various committees and served as the chairman of the OB-Gyn Department. He served a term as the chief of staff as well as terms on the St. Joseph Hospital Board. He was the driving force behind the Women's Program and the Women's Center at St. Joseph. He was an adjunct clinical professor in the MCG School of Medicine and School of Nursing. He was a member of the Augusta Country Club, Pinetucky, and the Church of the Good Shepherd. He was also an avid Bulldog fan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert S. Brown, MD; J. Ron Eaker, MD; James G. Jackson, MD; E. Warren Jones; Craig Todd Kerins, MD; Howard E. Merry; Carl M. Nechtman, MD; Stuart H. Prather, MD; George A. Rush; and Paul S. Simon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904; The Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Executive Plaza 111 Suite 906, 11350 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031; or St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904. The family would like to thank Sarah Williams, Leroy Jenkins, (Little) Johnny Barnes, (Big) Johnny Thomas and Walter Hornsby for their loving care and devotion. The family will receive friends at the home (5 Indian Creek Road) on Wednesday night, March 1, 2006 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave., Augusta, GA. 30904 733-3636 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle February 27, 2006


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