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Ocie Williams honored by Community Action

The Community Action Partnership of Middle Alabama recognized Ocie Williams for his years of service with the nonprofit organization with a surprise party on Sept. 19.

Williams was given an award, certificate of appreciation and a framed picture signed by all of the board members as part of the ceremony.

“I appreciate the honor that you have bestowed on me,” Williams said. “This is one good community, this is one good city and this is one good county.”

A commonly used word when describing Williams is “dedication,” which he has lived up to through his 20 years of service as a member of organization’s board.

Prior to giving back to the county he was born and raised in, Williams gave back to his country by serving 24 years in the U.S. Army after joining in 1962.

It seemed liked a natural transition following his retirement from the military to continue helping others just in a different capacity.

Several of Williams’s friends and military acquaintances were on hand for the party.

Several of Ocie Williams’s friends and military acquaintances attended a surprise party to honor him at the Community Action of Middle Alabama headquarters in Clanton on Sept. 19. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

“It means so much to me to have all my friends here,” Williams said.

Williams was initially appointed to the board by then Probate Judge Bobby Martin.

The majority of Williams’ time on the board has been spent as secretary.

“I enjoy helping people,” Williams said. “No matter what, I love this county.”

Williams relayed General Douglas MacArthur’s famous quote, “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

According to Williams, it is a quote that hits home for him, especially as he gets older.

“He’s [Williams] been a valuable part of the community,” CAPMA Executive Director Kendra Williams said.

Community Action Partnership of Middle Alabama serves Chilton, Shelby, Autauga and Elmore Counties by assisting lower income individuals and families.

The organization strives to help people with a range of financial and medical needs. Some examples of assistance can include with electrical bills and home improvements.