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Williams was very grateful for being given an opportunity by the youth program and the city—for their concern in seeing the need to make the youth and youth program successful. Williams never worked on a garbage truck since that time. However, he believes that type of working experience has helped mold him in so many positive ways.
William’s family loved him, and William learned to strive to do his very best. Also, William learned that, yes, there is a God, and prayer changes things. So, as fate would have it, when William was in high school, he started dating a childhood playmate, JoAnn Johnson, who became his future wife, and together they had five children.
William served in Vietnam from 1968-1969. After the military, he graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration from South Carolina State University. He would later go on to earn his MBA from Webster University in Myrtle Beach, SC. Afterward, William applied for and got accepted into the Capella University Doctoral (Ph.D.) program. That acceptance was huge because Williams had been looking forward to one day being addressed as "Doctor William H Williams," especially after remembering that it was not too long ago in the distant past that he had failed the second grade and the fourth grade. Williams began his studies at Capella University and was really enjoying the experience of working on his Ph.D. However, fate took over, and William shortly after beginning his Ph.D. program had to withdraw from Capella University for personal reasons.
From 1974-2003, Williams worked for the US Postal Service for approximately 28 years. During his career, he spent 10 years as a Part Time Flex (PTF) clerk/carrier and the remaining approximately 18 years in management as postmaster.
In 2003, Williams decided to retire. Shortly after entering retirement, he received the devastating news that his wife, JoAnn, of approximately 37 years had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Approximately a year and a half later, he received more shattering news that his wife had pancreatic cancer. As time progressed with the pancreatic cancer, William became his wife’s caregiver until she lost her battle with cancer.
After Williams’s wife (JoAnn) lost her battle with cancer, Williams took some time off. He then, out of the desire to always keep reaching, started following an online website called Edx. Edx is a sponsor for many of the Ivy League universities’ programs and courses. William started following a couple of free courses offered by Harvard University to actually get the feel for just what it might take to be successful in a Harvard academic program. Therefore, feeling confident that he could be successful, Williams officially registered for a Contract course. William really enjoyed the Contract course; it was very challenging and informative. Also, he enjoyed the fact that he received a grade of pass from taking the course, not to mention his excitement of receiving the certificate as well. The score of pass that was received by Williams from taking the Contract course translated into an A- from William’s calculations.
Williams is currently looking forward to making this run for Governor of South Carolina because he really wants to be a voice for the people and because he ran for the US Congress in the 2020 election cycle and the voters really showed their support. So, he believes that his journey thus far has prepared him for this moment in time.