John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, pianist and trombonist.In a career that has spanned nearly seven decades, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history.
John & Barbara had three children; their daughter is now a doctor, and their two sons, Joseph Williams and Mark Towner Williams, are rock musicians. The orchestrating gigs led to serious composing jobs for television, notably Alcoa Premiere (1961), Checkmate (1960), Gilligan's Island (1964), Lost in Space (1965), Land of the Giants (1968), and ...
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John Williams (27 June 1796 – 20 November 1839) was an English missionary, active in the South Pacific. Born at Tottenham, near London, England, he was trained as a foundry worker and mechanic. In September 1816, the London Missionary Society (LMS) commissioned him as a missionary in a service held at Surrey Chapel, London.
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Jan 28, 2021 · John Jefferson Williams (June 9, 1841 – May 13, 1865) was a Union soldier and private in Company B the 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry and was the last soldier killed in the American Civil War.
- June 09, 1841
- Redkey, Jay County, Indiana, United States
Dec 02, 2019 · Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams, known as "Big John," was fatally shot on Nov. 23 while responding to a call in Hayneville, about 25 miles from Montgomery. Williams, a 62-year-old husband and father, was born in Lowndes County. He served with the Hayneville Police Department before joining the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department in 1987.
May 19, 2019 · John Williams (1796–20 November 1839) was an English missionary, active in the South Pacific. Born at Tottenham, near London, England, he was trained as a foundry worker and mechanic. In September 1816, the London Missionary Society commissioned him as a missionary in a service held at Surrey Chapel, London.
- Strong Ties to The Community
- Williams' Career Highlights
- A Positive Role Model to Lowndes County Youth
- Williams' Impact on The Community
Born and raised in Lowndes County, Williams graduated from Calhoun High School in 1976. Because of his height, he was known by many as "Big John." Williams is a lifelong member of the Lowndes County community and well-known in law enforcement circles in the state. In June 2013, as Lowndes County Sheriff, Williams was one of 30 black leaders across the state who gathered at the Alabama Capitol days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision in the Voting Rights Act. The leaders were there to express their disappointment in the ruling and to vow to continue to fight to be relevant at the ballot box. “Sheriff Williams always wanted to make a difference in his community and felt there was no better way to help his community than to protect and serve them in law enforcement,” according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office website.
In 1978, Williams began volunteering as a reserve deputy. For three years in the1980s, he was in the Hayneville Police Department until full-time work with the sheriff’s office. In 1990, Williams was appointed to the chief deputy and served in this capacity until leaving the department in 2009. In 2010,he ran for Sheriff of Lowndes County and was elected by the people he had been serving his entire life. Lowndes County in central Alabama has about 11,000 people. The county is contiguous to Montgomery County. Hayneville is about 20 miles southwest of the city of Montgomery. In 2014, he was reelected as Lowndes County Sheriff by his peers.
Alongside other deputies assigned to make visits to local high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in Lowndes County, Williams was active in attending school-sponsored events. Deputies under the Sheriff’s Office are frequently attending the schools for special functions such as Career Day, Red Ribbon Week, and Just Say No to Drugs Campaign. There, deputies speak to students and provide them with guidance. On any given day of the week, Williams was known to attend any of the schools’ athletic functions, according to the Lowndes County website. Because of his active participation with the youth, Williams was awarded the 2015 Partner in Education of the Year Award from the Lowndes County Board of Education.
Prominent officials and community members from across the state have publicly mourned Williams' death, remembering him as a pillar of the community and commenting on his service. "We are deeply saddened by the great loss of Lowndes County Sheriff Big John," Montgomery County posted on its Facebook page. "He was a wonderful sheriff and an even more incredible man. To know him was to love him. His family, friends, and all of Lowndes County remain in our thoughts and prayers. Big John, you will be greatly missed." Mourning together: Alabama remembers Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams Grace Pateras is a Digital Producer for the USA TODAY Network. Follow her on Twitter at @gracepateras.
Nov 24, 2019 · John Williams, also called "Big John" Williams, was the sheriff of Lowndes County, Alabama. He was shot and killed at a convenience store.
- Lowndes County Sheriff's Department
- November 23, 2019
Nov 26, 2019 · The 18-year-old son of an Alabama sheriff's deputy was charged with murder in the shooting death of a sheriff in a neighboring county, authorities said Monday.