Eugene “Mood” Williams III, of Summerville, born on September 4, 1945, passed away peacefully in his home in Summerville, South Carolina on Friday, April 7th at 9:25 a.m. at the age of 77 years. Mood spent his final months in the compassionate care of Hospice and the amazing team from Carolina Health Care of Charleston. Mood was surrounded by friends and family in the final days and hours of his life, and after a fearless battle against health challenges, he can now finally rest.
Mood was a lover of the outdoors – hunting, fishing, and gardening were where you could find him most days that he was not at work, and he passed that same passion along to his sons. Mood was above all a family man. He loved his family and showed that by being the rock for all of them, through good times and bad. He never shied away from being that gentle shoulder to lean on, nor was he hesitant to dole out the tough love if he thought you needed it. He lived a very deliberate life, whether that be during his early years at Rivers High School (Class of ’63) or as a Citadel cadet (Class of ’67), or during his professional years at Santee Cooper, College of Charleston, Airco Carbon, or Showa Denko, you knew exactly where he stood which normally was right beside you facing the challenge of the day.
In his final years, while his health slowed him down, he passionately followed the activities of his two sons, Michael (Lori) and Park (Tricia Ory) as well as Michael and Lori’s children (Elizabeth, Tracey and Julia) and grandchildren (Brayden, Kelsey, and Dylan.) From fishing trips to camping adventures to horse shows to soccer games, he was always the first to seek out progress reports, pictures, and tales that he shared with his extended friends as though he was there himself.
He is survived by his sons and their families, as well as his sister, Sally Williams Thackston (Bruce) and their family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Mood Williams II and Sarah Sauls Williams, as well as his brother, John Martin Williams.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a special fund for the Go Jen Go Foundation in Mood’s name (Mood Williams Camp Scholarship Fund – https://givebutter.com/MoodWilliamsFund#) which will allow young children of breast cancer survivors to attend summer camps and enjoy the great outdoors that Mood enjoyed his entire life.
The sons have scheduled an end-of-life celebration, details of which can be found here: http://evite.me/Km1ZuS6xFE