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Dr. Allen Williams

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Funeral services for retired Grambling State University administrator Dr. Allen Williams will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling. He died Thursday, Oct. 27 following a lengthy illness.

Dr. Williams came to Grambling College in 1952 and graduated four years later with a degree in Speech and Drama.

He retired as Professor Emeritus of Theatre from Grambling State University in 2004.
While at GSU, Dr. Williams served as acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts, head and professor of the Department of Speech and Theatre, coordinator of the Division of Humanities, theater technical director and assistant professor.

University professor and administrator, author, thespian, civic leader and businessman, Dr. Williams had a positive impact on the lives of thousands - in academia, in the national theatre/entertainment arena and in the community that he loved.

He left a legacy of accomplishments that brought national prominence to the university and the Grambling community. The legacy is evident in the success of thousands of students; on GSU's campus; on hundreds of community, high school and college theatre stages; in thousands of classrooms all over the nation; on television and in the movies; on radio; in national and state theatre organizations; and in the Grambling community:
o Mentored former students such as the late playwright Judi Mason who gained national fame for her plays and for the episodes she wrote for movies such as Sister Act II, and television shows such as "Good Times" and "It's a Different World."
o Taught Grammy award-winning singer Eryka Badu.
o Prepared hundreds of students to teach theatre and speech classes in universities, community theaters and schools all over the nation.
o Brought KGRM, the 50,000-watt campus radio station, to GSU.
o Served in leadership positions in the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts.
o Lead many Grambling community organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Lions Club.

Dr. Williams received his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Indiana at Bloomington. He served in the United States Army with the rank of Specialist 4th Class, stationed at Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska.

He was born in Greenwood and reared in Shreveport. He is the second of nine children of Woodrow and Roberta (Powell) Williams. He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School.

He leaves his wife of 14 years, Tiffany Williams; and sons Allen Williams and Tanner Williams, Grambling; daughters Alyson D. Azodeh, Hillcrest Heights, Md.; Alicia D. Williams, Washington, D.C.; and step-daughter, Carla Washington Hines (Lovett), Philadelphia; brother Woodrow Williams (Rosetta), Desoto, TX.; sisters Annie Mae Brown, Los Angeles; Roberta Anthony, Shreveport; Varie Simmons, Los Angeles; Susie Mae Williams, Shreveport; and Ethel Doris Williams, Shreveport; grandchildren Zara Hines, Philadelphia; and David Azodeh and Andrew Azodeh, Hillcrest Heights, Md.; and one great grand-child Cameron Azodeh; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Hattie Mae Gipson, brother Ernest Williams Sr. and step-son William Carlton Washington II.

Funeral arrangements are handled by King's Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Ave., Ruston 71270, telephone 318-255-0525 and fax 318-255-9438. Guestbook will be available Tuesday, Nov. 1 at www.kingsfuneral.com.

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