Andrew Clifton Walker Williams, 42, son of Shelia and Earl Williams of Ridgeville, South Carolina, went to his heavenly home on February 5, 2024, after a courageous four-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
Andrew grew up in Ridgeville and graduated from Pinewood Prep in Summerville, SC, where he was a four-year letterman in soccer and football. His senior year he was awarded the “hustle” award in soccer and best lineman in football. After attending his first Gamecock football game at age two-and-a-half he became a lifelong ardent fan. He spent hours water skiing and loved hiking and camping with his dad in the North and South Carolina Mountains. After high school Andrew attended Brevard College.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served honorably for four years. That included two tours in Iraq where he served with the First Marine Division, as an assault amphibian crew chief and crewman in the assault on Baghdad. His second tour was spent in the so-called Triangle of Death and included the attack and subsequent 45 days in the battle and mopping up of Fallujah. For his actions, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, and Navy Unit Citation, among others. He was a proud Marine. After discharge, Andrew moved to Southwest Virginia and worked as a coal miner. He later moved to Wisconsin. Andrew loved bowling almost every week with his daughter, and spending all the time he could with her.
Andrew is preceded in death by his grandparents, Theodore and Faye Williams and Talmage and Mattie Belle Redding; cousins, Mark Ellis, Allen Ellis, and Shawn Redding; and aunts and uncles, Jean and Russel Cain, Michael and Sandy Redding, Gary Ellis, and LaVerne Redding.
He is survived by his parents, Shelia and Earl Williams; his daughter, Ashton; Bob Cramer, whom Andrew considered his “big brother”; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A memorial service for Andrew will be held in Ridgeville at a later date.
The family would like to thank the staff at Unity Hospice who went above and beyond for Andrew, and the staff at Bellin for their excellent care.