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Mr. Freeman Williams ’59

Football 1955-1959

Freeman Williams is one of Benedict College’s most prolific and productive football linemen of all times.  A native of the District of Columbia, he was nick-named “DC” by teammates who voted him co-captain in1958, his senior year.

Williams was a blocking and tackling machine on offense and defense.  He displayed darting quickness and his versatility kept him on the field in nearly all situations, giving him plenty of opportunities to make big plays. 

DC learned that he would be drafted by the U.S. Army after graduating from Benedict, so he saw football as the closest thing to war.   He played the game in the same way soldiers fight war, showing no mercy for Benedict opponents. 

While playing defense for the Tigers, his hustle generated a consistently high number of tackles, assists and forced fumbles.   And as an offensive lineman, he helped to open huge holes for such flee-footed halfbacks as Robert “Jet” Johnson and David Carson.

On his Benedict team, Williams had a great supporting cast of linemen that included Louie Blackwell, Tommy Louden, Willie Tripplet, Joe Perkins, Kemp Smith, Jerome Smith, Rayshaw Gaddy, Hilliard Bossard and Charles Watson.   All were equipped with good athleticism.

Off the field, his leadership ability was put to use in several extracurricular activities on campus.  He served as vice president of his senior class and as business manager of the Benedict College yearbook.  

After graduating, DC answered the call for military duty and spent 30 years in the Army.  He served at installations in the U.S. and overseas, retiring as Sergeant Major with such high awards as the Legion of Merit.   He later launched a second career and spent nine years working with the North Carolina Department of Corrections before retiring again.

Now residing in Fayetteville, NC, Freeman Williams continues to serve and contribute to the uplift of humanity.  He is president of his neighborhood association, a member of the Church Laymen’s League, and van driver for Health Beginnings, among his many affiliations.   He also is a longtime member of the Benedict College National Alumni Association and contributor to the BC’s Annual Giving Campaign.